Apple season lasts from the middle of September through the beginning of November. Prices of apples vary according to the orchard, generally they are less expensive, not to mention a lot fresher. We like to pick apples around the end of September/beginning of October. Apparently, we are not the only Detroit area family who thinks so...
My favorite part of any apple picking trip is taking the wagon out into the orchard. It is not a hay wagon (that always makes me sneeze), but has nice seats pulled behind a tractor.
Little Dude was squished between us. He thought it was a novel way to travel. Zippy struck a pose. (on a complete side note: I think an apple orchard would be a great place for a photo shoot)
In the orchard the overcrowded feeling abated. The whole family had a great time picking the apples to put in our bag.
The best (for the tree) and easiest way to pick an apple is to twist, twist, twist it until it comes off.
Erwin Orchard. If you are looking for an orchard near you Orange Pippin has a great directory.