Apple, Peanut and Cotton Picking ~ road trip

Please bear with me as I make some new changes to the blog this month.  Somedays you may see something new and the next day it may be gone....I'm experimenting...all for the better I hope!

It's road trip time!.....seems like I have been all over the state of ol' Virginia this past month. And I would love to share with you.  One day I drove over to peanut country.  Did you know America's first commercial peanut crop was grown right here, just a few miles from this store.  I discovered salt n' pepper peanuts here,  this past summer....my new favorite taste sensation in peanuts. ☺

roasted redskins, jalapeno, bbq, lemon crab, sweet and spicy, cajun, salt & pepper

Just down the road is The Virginia Diner, a place for folks who love southern fare cooking, and serving since 1929.   It began as a refurbished railroad dining car and as its popularity increased, dining rooms were added.  Serving every single day of the year, morning, noon, and night, except for Christmas Eve and Day, its parking lot is always full.  We had lunch there and enjoyed my personal favorite, apple salad with peanut dressing. Yummo!

After lunch, just wandering down unknown country roads, I drove by many fields, dotted with fluffy white cotton, ready to be picked.

Several days later, off I went in the opposite direction, heading towards the mountains.........it's

Apple Picking Time

Heading up to the apple barn, you are going straight up the mountain.  You'd better keep your eyes on the narrow winding road, 'cause it's a shear drop down the mountain side with no rails. ....yikes!  

 Arriving at the orchards, you are treated to this view.  I was a little disappointed that there wasn't much color in the leaves yet, probably due to the wet wet summer we had.

  This orchard grows many different varieties of apples, but Stayman's are my all time favorite, so that's the grove we headed to  (quite a hike I might add....got my exercise that day! )


Wish they had ladders to climb.....using the apple pickers was hard for me!

An old building, maybe an abandoned hunting cabin, in the orchard.
Back down the mountains, you just know I had to make a few stops (okay more than that) of antiquey places I ran across.  I don't know what this building originally was, but it was many many rooms to wander through.  Great stuff and I picked up some pretty sweet vintage Christmas items.

Back home, I made one more stop that day and it was to take a photo of this gorgeous drive that leads up to an old home out here where I live.  Isn't this pretty?!!!  The maples are the most gorgeous Fall trees. 

 And the fruits of my labor, after picking those apples.  An apple pie for Bobby G.  Now I know you all probably have a favorite apple pie recipe.  I cheat and use a Pillsbury frozen pie crust. :)  But I will tell you a little secret that I add to my pie filling.   Caramel ice cream topping......Try It.  :)

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Anonymous said...

Looks like you had a fun week and that pie looks so delicious!

Junkchiccottage said...

So happy to see what a great time you had. That pie looks yummy.

Anonymous said...

I am liking the sound of those jalapeno peanuts.
What a beautiful area you live in. I like the buildings very much.
The maples look stunning .

The Quintessential Magpie said...

What a fun adventure, Lynn! Loved seeing the apple sign about how to pick,the great shopping and dining, and the cotton and peanuts. For some reason, I never thought of cotton as a cash crop in Virginia. I guess I had always associated VA and NC with tobacco. But seeing it really brings back childhood memories of so many people I loved.

I am so glad you liked the poem and am distressed for you that you might have ocassion to use it with someone ill in your family. Know I am thinking of you all and sending love across the miles.

And yes, those maples are gorgeous. Virginia is so beautiful, and I always enjoy seeing pictures of it. I had ancestors in the Tidewater region and also in Charlotte County and Nansemond County which I'm not sure still exists. The people in the former courthouse were so helpful to me with a will I needed, and they gave me a copy of the original which I cherish. Other researchers have gotten typed copies. I attribute it to being Southern and a born yakker. ;-)

Love you,


Ann@A Sentimental Life said...

What a fun time. I love this time of year, and running around out in the country. At first I thought you were in Plains GA with all those peanuts!

Anne said...

What fun Lynn! Ha that sign was funny...how to pick an apple.Oh they are the best this time of the year and freshly picked....it does not get any better! One of these days I am going to make a pie with some that I pick!

NanaDiana said...

Lynn- What great photos-especially that one of the driveway up to that house in your neighborhood. Sounds like you have been having fun and seeing/doing lots. One of the things I learned to love in the South was dropping a bag of salted peanuts into a bottle of RC Cola. Ever hear of that? GOOOOODDDD! xo Diana

Francie...The Scented Cottage Studio said...

Okay you are busy busy having FUN ..
please tell me I will get some apple pie !!! (())

genie said...

There is no end of cool things to see when traveling about Virginia. Our school sold VA Diner goodies for years and years. All of their things are superior.So glad you all had such a fine time. It looks like you didn’t miss a thing. genie

Jen said...

What a fun road trip! Apple picking, cotton fields, old fashioned diners ..... You seem to enjoy the most wonderful of local travels in Virginia. As much as we have hit the road over the last several years, I still have not gotten to visit your lovely home state. You make me want to so badly!

Have a Happy Halloween!!

Abby said...

Looks like you had a very fun adventure! I am going to have to try the caramel trick in my next pie!

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Lynn, This looks like so much fun! We never made it to that diner but I have read great reviews. Your pie looks delicious and I appreciate you sharing at the Open House party.

Christine @ Rustic-Refined said...

What a sweet post...and the views that you shared are tremendous!

Bonnie said...

Those trees are gorgeous. Glad your trip was fun. Your pie is so pretty and I bet delicious.
I've never picked apples. Your pics are pretty.

Sandi McBride said...

there is nothing like good old North Carolina apples but they are few and far between this year due to too much rain. Would love a piece of that apple pie...with cheese and coffee...great post!

Linda@Coastal Charm said...

Looks like a fun trip Lynn and that apple pie...oh my!!!


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