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This past weekend, Caleb and I had the chance to go to the AppleJack Festival in Nebraska City, NE. The AppleJack festival is one of the top 10 Fall Harvest Festivals by USA Today. This historic festival annually draws between 60,000 and 80,000 people to Nebraska City to celebrate the kickoff of the apple harvest.
What better weekend to take have an apple picking date!
It was a beautiful sunny day and the town itself was amazing. The buildings were historic and you could sense the small town feel. We didn't stay very long at the main festival downtown, but we did walk through the classic car show and a small craft fair.
We then headed out to Kimmel Orchard and Vineyard where they had different activities for kids such as pony rides and balloon animals. We stopped to see a blacksmith making small objects for little boys, an amazing wood carving booth, and bought some of the most delicious creamed cinnamon pecan honey. So good!
After walking around for a bit, we went into the orchard itself. This orchard was much bigger than the ones I'm used to back in Minnesota, so we did a lot of walking (they had a hay rack ride, but it was super crowded). We were planning on picking two bags worth, one for eating and one for baking, but most of the apples on the trees were rotten :( I don't know whether it's due to all the good ones being picked by all the people earlier that weekend or what, but eventually we found a tree with good apples on the inside. We ended up only getting a bag of Honeycrisp, but that's ok. Honeycrisp are the best anyways! :)
This date ended up costing us more than we hoped, but apple picking only happens once a year so it was definitely worth it! I recommend finding local family-owned orchards, as they tend to be some of the best. So get an apple cider donut or two and a warm cup of apple cider and enjoy the fall weather together!
Have you ever gone apple picking? What's your favorite type of apple?