An Afternoon at Delicious Orchards
We are still reeling from our long weekend in the North Fork Valley Colorado region over Labor Day. Every time we make it out that way, we try to see and do new things every time, but one place in particular has made a big impression on these little girls, Delicious Orchards in Paonia, and their rope swings especially! We have visited this wonderful, u-pick orchard before, and headed out there again this last trip with the swings as the main draw actually. First, Pa gave the girls some gentle pushes on the swings, memories of his protective touch and deep voice asking them if they wanted to go higher are things I want to burn to my memory. They could have swung there all day, truth be told, but I was hoping to get some pears and peaches! We completely missed grabbing one of Delicious Orchard's great illustrated maps before setting out, so we actually did not go far enough out in one direction to get pears. We discovered the maps inside their market after we made our way through the property, so go inside and grab a map first! Also, check their website or give them a ring before setting out to see what is ripe and available for the u-pick.
We actually ended up picking pears with neighbors back near Pa's place a couple days later, so we got them anyhow. The girls and Pa DID however find ripe, red raspberries on the vines and perfect tiny bunches of purple and green grapes, just hanging there in the hot Western slop, sun! Their tiny fingers gripping those fuzzy pink berries, the BEST! Remy's delight in finding a whole entire bunch of grapes that she could hold... the SWEETEST! I didn't pick any fruit myself, I had too much fun following these two around and hiding behind the vines to peer in on their little voices and see them exchanging words and plopping produce into their buckets. I could do THAT all day.
The precious two to three raspberries they each plucked ended up getting smushed on the bottoms of their little wooden baskets underneath a couple GIANT peaches we found and big apples. We passed by their market to spy their new brunch buffet setup they have on Sundays... it looked quite busy in there! We got a late start in the day and it was incredibly hot out so we purchased our peaches and headed home for lunch and naps. If you ever make it to Delicious Orchards, you could very well get some food and sit at the picnic tables outside, there are big trees to shade, or try their cider beers! My Dad is actually playing around with some bottling and has made an incredible apple cider of his own, it tastes like champagne! SO REFRESHING, so we skipped the cider here this time.
One of the best points of the trek around Delicous Orchards was when my girls were getting super cranky and I almost let it get me, but we pulled over in a row of apple trees, sat down, sipped some water and the girls popped their found berries in their tiny pink lips. Children are constant reminders to SLOW DOWN, sit down, savor what you sow, and just BE. Thank you for that my Remy and Arlo. My father and I are much alike in that we feel the need to press on, move along, fill a bucket, pay a person... these tiny souls are what God wanted for me and I love sharing them and their time management skills, zilch, with my very impatient father, God bless him, and myself, in the patience department.
If you head out to any orchards, it might be who of you to WEAR A HAT, layer on the sunscreen, oh, and glad we also had the girls wear their boots this time! I learned from last time that those irrigation ditches can make things mucky! Also, it wasn't AS buggy this time around, but you might also want to spritz on some natural bug repellent. Now it seems all the farms around here might be getting ready for apples, squash and pumpkins! Oh... pumpkin season, we are excited for you...
Remy and Arlo are both wearing thrifted dresses. They both are label less and seem handmade. Their apple socks are Gap and their boots are Tommy Hilfiger, still going from last fall! This taller, more current pair of fall boots from Tommy are calling our name though...This red gingham dress with strawberry appliqués would be perfect for an orchard trip too, and just $25! Remy's hat is thrifted, a bit big on her, and Arlo's hat was from Claire's a long time ago. P.S. I love Gap socks the best! Something about their fit, and Remy is really into the knee-high socks lately- momma heart skips a beat- so I think we need these!