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October 08, 2011

Favorite Places: Eckerts Orchards

I'm lucky enough to live close to an incredible orchard/farm. Eckert's is family owned and operated and grows everything from berries to pumpkins. Each season offers it's own selection of crops for you to go out and pick on your own. With it being fall, I of course went out to pick apples. Twenty pounds of apples to be specific, all of them Jonathan or Golden delicious.

Golden Delicious Apples

Golden Delicious Apples

Birds Nest

In addition to the orchards Eckert's also has a full grocery store, restaurant, ice cream stand, garden center and petting zoo. The grocery store features a huge selection of locally made sauces, jams, picked vegetables and bakery items. While I was there they were hand dipping caramel apples!

Reeses Caramel Apples

Reeses Caramel Apples

Reeses Caramel Apples

The apples looked really good, but after picking twenty pounds of them and knowing that I would be eating them for a while I opted for a pumpkin pie concrete over a caramel apple. Easily my favorite fall treat! It was over 80 degrees outside that day so you have to forgive the melty image and just believe me when I say that it was heaven in a cup. Come on - a slice of fresh pumpkin pie blended into homemade frozen custard - yes please!

Pumpkin Pie Concrete

I picked up all of the little pumpkins pictured to start decorating for Halloween. I'm hoping to make some serious progress on that this afternoon. Are you doing anything fun today?

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