Yesterday was the first crisp day of fall and it was absolutely perfect outside! Picking apples at Baugher’s Orchard sounded like such a fun way to kick off the fall, so we headed out to Carroll County early Sunday morning.
On Saturday I helped my sister move furniture from DC up to Penn State, so I was excited to have a relaxing day in Maryland on Sunday. Our road trip up to State College went really well and the weather was just perfect. It was a great day!
Sunday morning we loaded up the car around 9:30AM and headed up to Carroll County, Maryland. We could have taken I-270 to I-70, but we decided to drive through Damascus and to see the Maryland country side. It’s such a beautiful drive once you’re out of MoCo.
Once we arrived at Baugher’s Orchard, we parked the car and then walked over to the market. We purchased our tickets, $2 a person (free for kids under 2), and then got in line to board the wagon to the apple fields.
The wagon drove us up and through the orchard, which was really neat. Magnolia loved being pulled by the tractor and seeing all of the trees.
Once we arrived at the orchard drop off, we all unloaded the wagon and walked over to the welcome table. A Baugher’s Orchard staff member introduced himself, shared the rules, and explained the types of apples available for picking.
We decided to focus on picking the Idared, which were recommended for baking, and the Mutsu.
The orchard was beautiful and Magnolia really enjoyed walking through the trees.
Magnolia wasn’t too sure about picking the apples, but she sure did love putting the apples in the bags they gave us.
We ended up picking 8 of the Idared apples and 3 of the Mutsu apples, which were massive.
We headed back to the market, paid for the apples, and then walked around the market. I bought a jar of pecan pumpkin butter and then we bought lunch at their store. The three of us split a pit beef sandwich, an apple cider donut (which was amazing), and some apple cider.
It was a perfect morning and we’ll definitely head back to Baugher’s Orchard again! I especially loved driving through the small towns in Carroll County and getting away from the DC area for a morning. It was great!