Here in the St Louis area we have a big farm + market called Eckert's. There are actually 3 separate locations where you can shop, dine, have fun, and pick-your-own produce! So of course when they invited us out to enjoy their first weekend of apple picking, we said, "heck yes"!
First off, let me tell you...if you're going with multiple young children, bring your spouse or at least a friend! Whew! I didn't realize there would be so much to see and do, and of course Preston had to work. We made it work though, and even though I forgot my camera (I know!), the lovely Jen from And Hattie Makes Three saved the day and snapped some shots for me! Thanks, girl!
First things first--the apple picking. Lucy mostly enjoyed taking bites out of every apple we picked. We took a fun, quick wagon ride out to the orchard where we were able to pick from many different varieties of apples. We ended up taking mostly Jonathan apples. They were sweet and yummy, and we loved having a snack fresh off of the branch!
After we assessed our harvest, we headed to do a few attractions until it was time for lunch. I don't think y'all understand how much Lucy loved that pony ride. She was screeching, "NEIGH!" the whole time we waited in line, and then threw a huge fit when she had to leave. It was so sad! Strangely, she's a natural in the saddle! Looks like we are going to have to get her a pony for Christmas ;)
After our bittersweet pony ride, we walked around a little and decided on a fun train to ride! Lucy sat with her new friend, Hattie and even though everyone was exhausted and way too hot they seemed to have a good time.
Time for lunch! Lucy had mac n' cheese and applesauce (of course!) and I opted for a small platter of chicken tenders and fries--served in a little cast iron skillet, no less!--since the heat stole most of my appetite. It was definitely delicious and I may have to go back for more of that sweet tea alone!
Once our plates were cleared it was time for dessert! Eckert's has the most delicious, creamy, and decadent custard I've had in a while! Between Ted Drewe's and Eckert's I've got my ice cream lovin' heart content!
All in all, it was a super fun experience and definitely one I can't wait to have again! Maybe pumpkin patch season??
But wait, there's more!
If you're local, be sure to head over to my Instagram to enter to win a $25 gift card to Eckert's! You can use it to purchase just about anything in their massive (and delicious smelling) marketplace! Everything from homemade pies and cheese garden flags and accessories. It was such a fun little shop to browse through, and who doesn't love a little spending money?
Happy Monday, y'all! Let me know if you're entering the giveaway! Isn't apple picking just one of the best things about fall? :)
*I was compensated by Eckert's in exchange for a review of my experience on their farm. All opinions are my own.*