This post made me think of the kids song we always used to sing when my children were little. And today I really wish we still had small children. What a wonderful day!!!
It was our day in the “Valley”. The Annapolis Valley is located in the western part of the province formed by a trough between two parallel mountain ranges along the shore of the Bay of Fundy. The Valley is where all the beautiful farms, orchards and vineyards of Nova Scotia are located.
First Stop… Glad Gardens in Waterville. We have never been to this market but it’s awesome. It just so happens that this weekend they’re hosting the Annual Annapolis Valley Giant Vegetable Growers Competition and Weigh Off. The pumpkins (and other veggies) were starting to arrive when we got there. The main event is tomorrow and it looks like fun!! Pumpkins, squash, gourds, sunflowers…even watermelons. Who grows the largest? Some of the largest pumpkins to date have been 1800lbs!! Whoa Baby! We had fun talking about growing LARGE produce with some of the guys and enjoyed browsing the garden. We even got the Japanese Maple Tree we have been wanting.
Next STOP Berwick. Nova Scotia’s Apple Capital and the whole reason I wanted to come to the Valley! It’s the time of year when all those beautiful apple blossoms from the Spring, turn in to delicious apples and are harvested.
We stopped at Wheaton’s for a few crafts and apple cider and then it was on to back country roads looking for the perfect U-PICK!
And it is here in Dempsey Corner that we found the most perfect spot. And where I wished my kids were little again!!!
We had lunch in the Old Barn. Delicious Squash soup and a homemade biscuit. We chatted with the owner about the history of the farm and what they offer.
We spent a lovely Fall afternoon wandering the orchards, picking blueberries and apples. Tasting peaches & cream corn, sweet peaches and apricots, and pears. We had chickens and a little goat follow us around and we thoroughly enjoyed our afternoon! ( just like a pig in mud)
And for the road…some fresh out of the oven baked goodies to enjoy with our coffee! It was a marvellous day!!