I live in the middle of a fruit belt and right now the fields are filled with pumpkins and apples. Honeycrisp apples are my favorites for eating and a mixture of Courtland and Mac's are my favorite for baking. As for pumpkins I love them all but the Cinderella pumpkins always make me smile. They just appear to be so elegant, at least in the pumpkin world. They didn't have any Cinderella pumpkins at the orchard today but did have some large ones sitting out in front of the bakery. These of course aren't the enormous ones that you see at contests but for farmers who's main business is apples not pumpkins I thought they were pretty impressive.
So I was lucky enough to get to the orchard before the lines were 200 people long waiting for cider and donuts to take home. I love the fresh pumpkin spice donuts with sprinkled sugar and cinnamon and of course fresh cider. Today the bakery part of the barn smelled like fall. The donuts were still warm so they couldn't close the top on the donut box because of the steam from the warm donuts. I then moved over to the other side of the barn to pick up some cider, they were pressing and filling the jugs just as fast as they could, as they filled the gallons of ciders were disappearing from the counter by everyone waiting in line for that fresh taste of fall. I was lucky to get away with a dozen donuts and a gallon of cider for Mr. Hubby.
The centerpiece for the orchard is this large apple. It stands ten or twelve feet tall and the kids just love to play around it. There are lots of picnic tables where families can sit down to enjoy their cider and donuts fresh from the bakery. I had stopped to take this picture a few days earlier as on a weekend it is swarming with children.