Fall Adventures: Apple & Pumpkin Picking

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As Katie and I have admitted, we’re pretty basic, and I’m not ashamed. I get major FOMO in the fall-I need to experience it all: the leaves, crisp weather, boots & scarves, pumpkin & apple goods, beer, and of course football. This year I knocked two important tasks off my list early in the season: apple and pumpkin picking.

Aamodts Apple Farm:

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A week ago, my girlfriend Katina grabbed a few friends to go apple picking at Aamodts apple farm near Stillwater. Katina has been going here the past three years-it was a tradition she couldn’t miss. The weather was warm and perfect- we munched on apple sausage, sparking apple wine from St. Croix Vineyards, apple cider donuts, and tasted an assortment of fall condiments-apple salsa, pumpkin and honey butter. Sadly we didn’t pick apples as the variety available didn’t excite us (Cortland are mainly good for baking not snacking). All in all, a great place to go for a relaxing time with girlfriends-you can’t beat sipping wine outside on a beautiful fall day.

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Ever since I moved to Minnesota, Kadi, Ashley, and I have a fall tradition of pumpkin picking…and usually hitting a winery nearby.  Ashley had been wanting to check out Winehaven near Chisago, a popular Minnesotan winery, so we picked our pumpkin patches accordingly.

Although the wine was too sweet for my taste, 6 tastings for $5 wasn’t a bad way to spend a Saturday afternoon. The winery was also setting up for a wedding which gave us entertainment to analyze the decor.  My main amusement was ordering the $10 cheese plate-a packaged wedge of Wisconsin cheese with a sleeve of ritz crackers on a paper plate.

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We then made a stop at Tom Pumpkins, which was a beautiful farm overlooking rolling hills. Kadi of course wanted to go on the hayride (which Ashley and I secretly love) to take us to pick our pumpkins. Ashley found the perfect classic orange pumpkin, while also picking me the perfect white Cinderella pumpkin (I had to color scheme my coffee table accordingly). Naturally I ran into an Ohioan and yelled “OH” who replied with the current OSU football score.

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On our way home, we stopped at another pumpkin patch named Lents, which really filled in the holes of Ashley’s & I’s fall assortment. Here we gathered up gourds and mini pumpkins to decorate our apartments.

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So far, I’m feeling pretty accomplished at tackling my fall list.

Kate