As if the cooler temperatures and falling leaves weren’t clue enough, the turn of the calendar into October brought to reality that our beautiful Fall is far too short and will soon be ushered out by the harsh days of winter. We can’t let Fall get away without the obligatory visit to the nearest pumpkin patch and apple orchard y’all! I’ve noticed while driving back roads to the cabin recent weekends that we have several little local orchards and roadside pumpkin stands. Is there anything sweeter than a hayrack packed along the side of the road, loaded full of pumpkins and gourds and a simple box with a sign reading ‘Pay Here.” No one manning the stand, just good old small town honor system at it’s best. I love that in this day in age, growers are able to sell their crop this way and I’m assuming people are not taking advantage since I’ve seen no less than 3 stands operating this way. That’s the definition of Minnesota nice!
So even though we knew we could grab some loot pretty conveniently, we still wanted the whole orchard experience since we knew Reagan would be all about it this year. Sunday we headed out just before lunchtime and drove about 35 minutes north to Emma Krumbee’s.
First stop was lunch! Baked goods made from scratch and breakfast served all day, count me in! We knew we were off to a good start when the sign inside the door announced $3.50 mimosas, yes please :). I knew what I wanted as soon as I spotted it, biscuits and gravy served alongside hashbrowns and 2 eggs cooked to order.
Completely delicious and worth every single unhealthy bite! Lloyd had a stack of pancakes that covered most of his plate and were some of the fluffiest and the best tasting I’ve ever had in a restaurant. We were tempted by the cinnamon rolls that were as big as my head, I kid you not, but decided against it when we couldn’t eat another bite after our meals. So we paid the bill and headed over to the Scarecrow Festival. Unfortunately many of the scarecrows had taken a bit of a beating thanks to a couple of super windy days earlier in the week, so after letting Reagan try out a couple activities, we headed for the patch.
Can you tell by our apparel that it wasn’t the warmest of fall days?! I think it may have hit the low 50s, but the wind and lack of sun made it feel pretty darn cold. We were able to find some good looking pumpkins pretty quick – 1 daddy, 1 mommy, and 1 little Reagan sized, and hopped back on our return tractor ride to ditch our pumpkins in the car and grab bags for apple picking. The past 2 years we’ve gone to pumpkin patches where we were able to pick pumpkins, but this was the first we’ve been to that had apple orchards as well. Thus, our first apple picking experience. Rows and rows of apple trees greeted us.
The varieties were pretty limited since we are so late in the season, but there were still plenty of trees ripe for the picking of what was in season. Luckily we had someone along who could reach the high ones.
The trick was getting her to understand that she can’t pick every apple she sees. My apologies to the orchard and our fellow pickers who had extra apples to dodge on the ground. I pray no ankles were rolled ;). In no time at all we had filled all 3 of our bags.
Then came my favorite part of all, into the general store for a sweet treat before hitting the road. I managed to twist Lloyd’s arm into splitting a piece of pie with me. Enter caramel apple pie:
Oh yes, and they even warmed it up! I may have lost my mind momentarily however when I answered no to whether or not I wanted it a la mode. Yes of course, the answer is always yes. Next time I’ll answer better. Even without the ice cream, this pie was everything I could have wanted. And do you want to know a secret? I really don’t even like apple pie that much. It just seemed appropriate given the setting. When in Rome.
We hit the road and arrived home to the scent of chili ready in the Crock Pot. Perfect fall day! Already looking forward to a return trip next year, but we’ll definitely be back to the restaurant before then. It would make a great Sunday brunch spot to take visitors.
Until next time, have a great one!