Yesterday was MIL day and we chose to make a trip up to my favorite apple orchard. Carver's Apple Orchard is a perfect example of a family-run orchard that just does apples and does them well. They haven't tried to turn their orchard into a tourist attraction - they don't even have a website. But when you've put out a good product and offer friendly down home service for decades, word gets around and that it the case at Carver's. The original Carver's went to school with my parents, so I've been going to Carver's all my life. Their children and grandchildren are now running the business. It's not fancy, but holds lots of memories for me. If you've been reading this blog for awhile, you might remember that the last "outing" with my FIL was to Carver's on a gorgeous October day last fall. I'd wondered how MIL and I would do yesterday, but other than some difficult moments when we walked by the trees where we had taken pictures last year, we both did just fine. Here's a picture of the inside:
Had just the place picked out for lunch. Mr. B calls these "woman food" restaurants and although it isn't far from the orchard, I knew FIL wouldn't be interested either, so had never mentioned it before. But I was ready this time and off we went to the Wild Plum Tea Room. Again, locally owned and no website. A very limited menu with some yummy chef specials each day. Their signature item is tiny little plum muffins with plum jam and they bring those to you when you are seated. We both had their chicken salad and it was yummy. MIL is like a little girl in these places she's never been and it delights me to no end to see her so happy. We sat on the patio in the second picture and enjoyed the perfect fall temps.