It was a beautiful day to spend outside, so after church, we headed to the Hastings area to visit McDougall’s Apple Junction. We were introduced to this orchard by way of good friends of ours. The McDougall’s taught at the high school of my best childhood friend. The last time I visited was 10 years ago or so on a blustery, raining, and freezing day. So it was time to head back and learn more about this dynamite attraction.
This is the perfect Mom and Pop Apple Orchard. It’s a fairly sizable orchard with more than fifteen varieties of apple, but with a McDougall personal touch for each of the visitors.
As you drive unto the property, a very fun atmosphere welcomes you. The Apple House and Outdoor Market supply you with many different opportunities for purchasing their own honey roasted peanut butter, apple paraphernalia, already picked apples, pumpkins, chrysanthemums, and the ultimate favorite for everyone in our family: Pick Your Own Apples. While we were visiting, the Haralson apples and Honeygold were available for pick your own.
I would like to point out that this year has been the year of the Haralson. Personally, I can’t stand Haralson, but I’ll take what I can get–especially when it comes to the happiness of our children.
The apple trees at McDougall’s are well tended. They are small which makes it possible for you to reach almost all the way to the top. And full of apples. They are pruned for maximum fruit bearing.
So we filled our basket full of Honeygold, helped ourselves to one, and enjoyed the rest of the orchard.
Admission to Apple Junction is free. However, if you want to go to the Apple Junction Playland at the back of the yard, there is a $3 admission fee for kids. There is also a suggested 50 cent donation to climb the newly constructed Observation tower just outside the playland.
The playland is intended for children ages 10 and under: a children’s maze, all terrain trikes. slides, swings, a climbing wall, sand box, a thirty-two foot wooden train, milking our (pretend) cow, and a small prize.
Apple Junction has a goat mountain, a straw mountain, duck races (new), a calf named Cupcake, and some bunnies. There are also plenty of picture stops.
If you want to, you can take a a wagon ride to the pumpkin patch and come back with pumpkins for the season.
With both an Apple Festival and a Pumpkin Festival, Apple Junction is a hopping place!
McDougall’s Apple Junction is definitely worth the trip.