* * * * *Every fall my husband and I make the drive up to Flat Rock, North Carolina and visit Sky Top Orchard with our boys. We’ve been taking this annual trip since we moved to the Carolinas from Texas in 2008, and it’s something we look forward to every year. We all enjoy hiking through the orchard and picking our own apples, and my boys love reaching for the highest, ripest, most perfect fruits.
Sky Top Orchard is a true Carolina Treasure, and this is evident in its growing popularity. Every year the crowds get bigger and the line for their hot, fresh apple donuts gets longer. This year we made it to Sky Top before the line got too long and devoured a dozen between the four of us in about an hour. (The donuts alone make the 2-hour drive worth every minute!)
As I was walking through the orchard enjoying the cool mountain air, I started brainstorming a September Poetry Friday post that would incorporate our family’s day at Sky Top. I hope you enjoy it, and ALL of the fruits of this lovely fall season!
Apple Pickin’ Time
by Becky Shillington
Crispy, firm, crunchy, sweet
Apples are a treat to eat
Red and green, big and small
We love to pick them every fall
Gala, Mutsu, Red Delicious,
Honeycrisp—good AND nutritious
Tangy, tart, juicy—CRUNCH—
We take a bite and then we MUNCH!
Ben and Will get their pictures taken every year by this tree!
For more information about Sky Top Orchard, please visit their website at www.skytoporchard.com. They have a barnyard, pond, store, picnic/play area, and more!