• Alessandra Parker

Our Fall Family Apple Picking Tradition

This past weekend we went apple picking at our local apple orchard, Fobare’s Fruits in Rensselaer Falls, NY. This sweet orchard has been a spot that Josh’s family has been going for years and the first time I went there felt magical.


Row after row of different kinds of apples ready to be picked, fresh apple cider donuts and pies ready to be bought and eaten, apple slushies, apple butter, you name it they had it! Not to mention the incredible children’s play yard full of bounce houses and countless other children's activities.


Here are some photos from years past of us taking Rhett there in 2017 and 2018, and Rhett & Rory’s visit in 2019.


This was Rhett's first visit to the orchard in 2017 when he was just 4 months old. 🥺

One year later, Rhett was ready to eat as many apples as he could get his hands on...

He was also really into the playground for the first time in 2018! How cute is this!

In 2019, we had just had Rory (he was about 2 weeks old) and Rhett was itching to go to the Orchard! He even wanted to wear his Big Bro shirt. Rory slept in his stroller the entire time, so unfortunately we didn't get any pictures of them together, but Rhett still had a great time!

This year, things are different because of COVID precautions, so the children's area wasn’t open and the store was not open to walk into. However, you could still buy their yummy donuts, rolls, and slushies for pick up!


We got there around 2 pm and walked around picking apples for about an hour. What fun & joy I saw on my boy's faces as they saw that each tree held fruit good enough to eat!


Rhett literally squealed from tree to tree as he saw there was MORE to pick! He could hardly contain his joy. All of this fruit reminded me of John 15:5, "I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing." This month’s Fruit of the Spirit I am studying with Rhett is Goodness and the real-life fruit that I paired up with it is an apple. Our little trip created an excellent opportunity for me to explain to Rhett was happens when we listen to Jesus' word and then do what he tells us to do - like obey your parents. ;)

The day was a warmer fall day, so we were wearing shorts and dresses, but it was perfect nonetheless!

What are some of your favorite fall traditions?