Minnetonka Orchards 2013

DT, the kiddos, and I made our annual trek to Minnetonka Orchards on Saturday.  A little later than we normally go, I sure would have liked some mittens (what was I thinking?)!

apple cart

The four of us were starving when we arrived, so we made a beeline for lunch by the Apple Barn.

apple barn

Mildred the hen

apple barn sign

While we waited in line, a rather healthy and unpleasant shower of rain and hail fell – Sam, Henry, and I ran for cover while DT braved the elements waiting for our food.  Nice guy he is.

Hoods up everyone!

rainy lunch 1

rainy lunch 2

rainy lunch 3

By the time we got our food, the sky had cleared out a tad and we saw itty bitty specks of blue sky.  Teensy and fleeting, but we’ll take it!


The hot dogs (Sam and Henry), hamburger (DT), and veggie burger (me) warmed us and gave sustenance for the afternoon ahead.

DT and Henry

Sam and me

All filled up and ready to pick some apples!

Despite the chill and precipitation, it really was the quintessential day to be at the orchard.  The colors were so pretty!

path to orchard

Sam, apple picking 1

apple picking 1



apple picking 2

apple picking 3


bird 1

bird 2

family pic

tractor on path

bat on tree

tractor on path 2

We made our way back up to the barn for the fall treat we’ve been craving since our last visit:  APPLE DONUTS.

apple barn 2

Helllllllloooooooo you sweet little darlings….

bag of apple donuts

apple donuts 1


Henry, apple donuts


Sam, apple donuts


apple donut

A unanimous YUM from all of us!

DT, apple donuts

With apple donuts coming out of our ears, we visited the petting zoo….

animal barn

Look at this sweetie!

calf 1

calf 2

goats and sheep

Then a trip through the [very muddy] corn maze.

corn maze 1

corn maze 2

corn maze 3

Before we left, Sam and Henry saw how tall this fall they are….what a year can do!  Sam will be taller than me any day now – his hands and feet are already bigger/as big as mine.  Eeep!

How tall this fall 2013

So glad we have this tradition every fall, it’s such a wonderful place!  Until next year, Minnetonka Orchards!


2 Comments on “Minnetonka Orchards 2013”

  1. Your boys are adorable! Looks like such a fun afternoon, and those apple donuts–I must try some soon! 🙂

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