Last week Karen and I took the kids on a field trip to North Georgia to get fresh apples...some for eating, some for baking (apple pies...apple crisp...yum!), and a lot for applesauce! There are essentially no pick-your-own orchards around here anymore, but there's an apple barn that has quite a set-up, so that adds plenty of interest to our apple buying. By the time we tour the barn, look through the observation windows at the production line and at two operating bakeries, wander around the old-fashioned shops, eat a picnic lunch, buy a freshly made fried apple pie for dessert (or in the kids' case, homemade ice cream, I know my grandma will be proud of their choice!), and choose and buy our fresh apples and fresh apple cider, the experience has been a full and pleasant one.