Elliott and I traveled to southern Ontario for a few weeks this October to visit family and friends. The weather was warm and sunny for the first week (t-shirt weather!), but cool and rainy for the second week. Regardless of the chill in the air, the family drove to the countryside to the farm. Our family tradition growing up was to visit the farm first, and then drive down the old country road to the neighbouring apple orchard. I remember rows and rows of apple trees, a wagon ride on bales of hay, pumpkin patches that run for miles, the smell of homemade pies wafting through the air, fresh apple cider, local honey, and the infamous haunted maze (made of cornstalks and bales of hay). I was excited to bring Elliott, now four years old, to places where many of my fondest childhood memories were made.
Although many things have changed (a lot of the farms and countryside in southern Ontario have turned into cookie-cutter subdivisions), many things have stayed the same (the farms of my childhood). I am thankful that he was able to experience picking his own food and playing in bales of hay on the farm, and that his grandparents were also there to enjoy the experience with their grandson.
Below are some highlights from the apple orchard. Enjoy!
Jennifer Broadbridge is a lifestyle photographer specializing in family, maternity, and newborn photography in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories.