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5 Ways to Survive Apple Picking Season in North Salem

Ways to get all red-y to go apple picking, keep calm, and fuji on!

It's that time of year when we forgo spending $4.99 on a bag of apples at the local store and pay anywhere from $15 to $60 to gather the family together to go to a local orchard and pick them ourselves.

While this may seem illogical, pictures of us wearing our fall clothes (even if it is still 80 degrees outside) looks infinitely better than our family holding up a bag of apples at Target.

Of course, apple picking season is more than that. It's when hundreds of people visit our town to pick from a wide variety of apples from our local North Salem orchards. While this family tradition can create memories that last a lifetime, it can also create an incredible influx of traffic, long lines and at times, some chaos.

So how do you survive apple season? Good question. Below, we look at some advice to offer a different kind of apple support that doesn't entail your iPhone.

Find a way to pass the time in long lines. Whether it's the traffic around town or the lines to get into the orchard, have a game of 20 questions ready to go (or 80 questions, depending on how long the lines are.) Regarding traffic, I'd suggest looking into audiobooks. Two suggestions are War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy or The Stand by Stephen King (or both) to pass the time as you’re going to be there for awhile.

Don’t try to be something you’re not. I've seen many beautiful photos on Instagram of ethereal moms wearing flattering overalls or flowy dresses with hair with beautiful banana curls held back and a kerchief as they effortlessly stretch to pick an apple. Those moms are not this mom. When I wear overalls, I look more like Wreck-it Ralph. While taking photos is a must (I mean, you've GOT to capture the moment!), being comfortable and enjoying the moment is far more important! Mind you - if you want to break out the infinity scarves and hard-core flannel, I won’t judge you.

Make a drinking game out of it. Keep track of the number of apple puns you hear. This includes lines like, "I can't fight this peeling anymore," "Finally found my apple-y ever after," "Slice, slice, baby," and "Apple-rently, this trip was more fun than we expected!" Then, for every fourth one you hear, take a shot of HARD apple cider.

Have as many creative ideas as possible for what to do with apples when you get them home. This is a time when you need to ask yourself how much you and your family like things like applesauce, apple pie, apple butter, apple cereal, apple bacon, apple steaks, apple milk, apple pizza, apple soup, apple tacos, apple pasta, and apple toothpaste because you'll be having it for quite some time. That being said, if you need some ideas, visit the Delish site for some creative ideas! My personal favorite is the Apple Spiced Pancakes... because who doesn't want sticky, cinnamon-scented apple compote on their pancakes on a fine North Salem morning?

Have fun. While this may seem a given, it's easy to take what should be a fun task and become stressed. Whether it's a family member who doesn't want to go, who forgot the sunscreen, trying to get a selfie where you don't have a double chin, or to achieve the holy grail – capture one photo where everyone is looking in the same direction, it's easy to forget that this is a tremendously unique, and fun experience we're lucky to have in our backyard... whether it's shooting apples out of a apple cannon or recreating when the Swiss patriot William Tell shot an apple off his son’s head (note: please don't use real arrows.)

Whatever you do to pass the time, you're in for an apple-solutley beautiful day!

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