Apple picking tip: Bring a tall friend to the orchard!

Apple picking tip: Bring a tall friend to the orchard!

Hi Shortgirls!  I hope this finds you well and enjoying Fall. Autumn is my second favorite season (behind summer of course) because here in the northeast the changing leaves are beautiful and it’s apple season. There’s nothing like a fresh, crisp apple just plucked from the tree if you can reach them that is.  Here’s my tip on apple picking, bring a tall friend! My 5-foot daughter and I recently went to pick apples. We seemed to choose a day that everyone else decided was a good day to pick apples as well. The orchard was very crowded and over picked.  The only apples to be found were of course at the very top of these trees and there wasn’t a ladder in sight! This adventure was even more challenging as we had to maintain social distancing. No scoping out the tall apple pickers and asking for help.  We were on our own. After traversing the orchard for a good 20 minutes and coming up empty-handed we needed a strategy.  We were not going home until we picked some apples and we would not give in and buy some of the already picked apples because that would be cheating.

We could shake the tree a bit and see if the apples would fall, but with our luck, they would probably hit us in the head.  What we did discover is that at eye level (for us) toward the back of the tree there were some apples! Now we didn’t come home with a bumper crop but enough to make the trip worthwhile. We had apples for eating and cooking. We like to make apple sauce in the slow cooker.

No sugar added slow cooker applesauce recipe from

  • 6 apples – cored and quartered (peeled if desired)
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon or 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 Tablespoon Lemon Juice
  • Cook on high 3-4 hours, 6-7 on low

    I like to use a variety of apples in the sauce.  Do you have a favorite apple recipe to share? I’d love to hear from you.

So short girls, the takeaway from this story is you need to be resourceful and bring a tall friend on your next apple picking adventure.  Short but mighty, shortgirls rule!

Back to blog