Goodbye summer, hello fall! It’s autumn, and that also means that the apple picking season has officially started. On Saturday, September 22nd it is the national apple picking day here in the Netherlands. As many as 35 fruit farms in the Netherlands open their doors that day to the public. On www.nederlandbloeit.nl you can see an overview of the participating orchards.
The fruit farmers are pleased to show you with how much care and skill they cultivate fruit. Besides picking your own apples, there are often additional activities such as demonstrations, tastings, a walk through the orchard and fun things for children. Especially for families with young children, this day of harvest is a pure experience, as well as an educational day out. Admission is free.
At the Olmenhorst estate, where I always go, apple picking started September 15, and you can also pick pears. Their apple and pear picking season is open to the public 5 days a week, until 28 October. On Wednesday afternoons when schools are out, it’s buzzing with kids. The other days it’s a natural haven of country tranquility. I love to go there to unwind, and walk the grounds. There is so much to see.
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