There is nothing better than a icy cold apple hand-picked off the tree in 35 degree weather! It makes my mouth water just thinking about it. We took the kids a week ago to pick apples from Mercier Apple Orchards in Blue Ridge, GA. I am not sure who was more excited about the experience me or the kids! I have never seen so many apple trees and apples in one place.
This orchard had over 100,000 apple trees, and every apple is hand-picked and hand-bagged. Every time I experience a farm, like this one, I am in awe at what it takes to grow the food we eat on a daily basis. Not to mention, it serves as a reminder that as much as we have progressed as a society, there are still some things that good ole nature takes care of for us…sun, rain, seasons.
Sharing this with my kids was no doubt a Mesa Moment
for me. We ate and tasted so many apples and different varieties it made our tummies hurt! Abby, my two year old, put down two apples herself! To all the parents and grandparents out there, I highly recommend taking your kids to a U-pick farm. There are just some things you appreciate more after you learn where they come from!
Now on to think of all the yummy ways we can eat apples!
Becky is an Ignatian-trained spiritual director, retreat facilitator, and writer. She is the author of the Busy Lives and Restless Souls (March 2017, Loyola Press) and The Inner Chapel (April 2020, Loyola Press). She helps others create space to connect faith and everyday life through facilitating retreats and days of reflection, through writing, and through spiritual direction.
With nearly twenty years of ministry experience within the Catholic Church, Becky seeks to help others discover God at work in the every day moments of people’s lives by utilizing St. Ignatius’ Spiritual Exercises and the many gifts that our Catholic faith and Ignatian Spirituality provide.