Apple Picking in Paonia at Delicious Orchards!
The first morning we were with my Dad, he suggested we take a little drive to Paonia, Colorado, to visit Delicious Orchards and do some apple picking, where they have the, "Sweetest fruit in the land!" It was a crisp morning, but the sun was shining bright and it was expected to be in the mid 80's that day, so I dressed the girls in tank tops, but luckily Remy had a sweatshirt over and pants because the buggies were out in full force! Man alive, we got ate alive! Remy was so precious about her picking and really quiet most of the time. She didn't really race out and go nuts, more like soaking in all the beauty, who can blame her, and quietly and slyly picking a chock cherry here and tasting a raspberry there. My seer Remy, don't think for a second my attention is not with you... you are a deeply intuitive, smart and emotionally charged tiny person for three. I am looking through the photos and see I mostly have Arlo, because she was the one into the picking! Do you ever get mom guilt when your photos aren't equal with your kiddos or is that just me?
Arlo picked a few good apples, haha...the honey crisps you see here! Yes, they were delicious indeed! We attempted the peaches, but they were all gone, and we got surrounded by mosquitos! I tried to stick it out and lift the girls and check the treetops, but the last straw was when bitty Arlo got bit on her arm and she said in the softest, most faint voice, "oushee..." as she rubbed her shoulder....I grabbed my babies and made a bee line, pun intended, for the path back! Luckily we nabbed a few apples AND Delicious Orchards also sells produce in their market. They also have a little cafe, picnic tables, and a playground!
We headed back and set up at a picnic table near the swing set. I found this really delicious, and local, soft chess by Avalanche, grabbed some locally made peach butter, some crackers and our fruits, (Dad also bought us some pears and peaches inside,) and we had a nice little picnic. Not feeling full enough before our drive back tot he house, I decided to get a basket of fries which we all shared, and devoured- YUM!
Highlights of apple picking- seeing my Dad so attentive and careful with my girls, holding their tiny hands and leading the way, showing them one of his favorite places and tasting fresh raspberries from the vine. We never did this together growing up, but I find it beautiful how grandparents begin a different stage in their lives and their children's children bring out these special glimpses into who they are that maybe we missed ourselves when we were too young to remember or understand.
If you ever find yourself in Paonia, Colorado, the orchard is definitely worth stopping at! (Just bring your bug spray and cover your limbs!)
Remy is wearing a thrifted sunglasses tank, BUT found this modern pink version from Old Navy that she would probably love because it is pink! She is also wearing H&M bunny printed jeggings, thrifted New Balance Sneakers, but WANTING THESE with velcro from Macy's for like $25! We luckily had her sweatshirt to throw on to keep those buggies away, it is by Caroline Bosmas "Cloaca" sweatshirt. Arlo is wearing a fruit print blouse from Zara and thrifted overall shorts and thrifted Converse shoes. I am wearing a thrifted dress.