If you're looking for something fun to do with friends and family this fall, check out Candy Apple Orchard in Emmett. It's a super fun way to get out, enjoy the beautiful fall weather, get a little exercise, and come away with something tangible; apples! It’s always an awesome opportunity to see where our food comes from and u-pick apples are more delicious than what you’ll find at the supermarket.
Getting To Candy Apple Orchard
Emmett is a cozy town just thirty miles north of downtown Boise. It's a quick and scenic drive that cuts through the sage speckled high desert foothills north of Boise and finally opens up to a scenic vista that overlooks Emmett before descending down a short grade. There's a great overlook where you should stop and snap a couple shots. See map below.
What to Expect
Once you've arrived, you'll likely get greeted by the friendly and well-trimmed Scottish terrier. The owners of the orchard, Carol and Burton are quick to say "hi" and get you set up in their garage turned general store and give you the lay of the land and how to pick the apples. Yes, the is a right way and a wrong way to pick an apple and once you’ve gotten a quick demo, they set you loose with an apple picker and an orchard basket to pick away!
They have three kinds of apples for you to pick:
- Red Delicious
- Golden Delicious
- Rome Beauties
What to Bring
Warm Clothes - Fall in Idaho is marked with big temperature swings and weather can change fast, so bring a nice warm jacket and dress in layers.
Food and Drinks - The garage-turned-general store sells some things, but don’t rely on it if you’re super hungry or want to eat something different than apples. Besides, the orchard setting is a beautiful place for a picnic lunch but if you’re not into that, they have a few tables set up outside.
A Camera – There’s plenty of opportunities to capture the memories of the scenery, the experience at the orchard, and just how cute the kids might looks trying to lug 20 pounds of apples around. They also have fun cut-outs for you to stick your head through for some silly photos.
What to do with all those Apples
One of the best things about a u-pick orchard or farm is that you get more than just the experience, you get something delicious to bring home. Its easy to bring home more than you know what do with so here’s a few easy and delicious recipes to help you deal with your bounty.
For More Information
For more information about Candy Apple Orchard visit their website.