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Aside from @MilliGFunk being a little chilly in the restaurant, I don’t think we could have asked for a better day for the first ever St. Louis Apple Picking Tweetup. The sun was shining, the temperature was cool, and the air was crisp.
The afternoon started off with a little bit of excitement though as we stood in front of the Country Store. There was a 2 car accident out in the street. No one was seriously injured that I could tell, but it was remarkable how fast the paramedics made it on the scene. There was an off-duty Search and Rescue worker who showed up on the scene within literally 2 minutes…I’d say about 5 minutes for the actual ambulance.
After that bit of drama, we continued on to the line for getting on the tractor trailers. It was busy…but we waited in line patiently and ensued in some conversation. I’m not sure of the exact time, but I’d say it was about 30-40 minutes of being in line before we hitched our ride. We had alot of kids come with their Twittering parents, which made this a really fun family event. We definitely need to plan more family friendly events in the future…I think that could increase our attendance for sure.
Once we boarded the Twitter Train (yes, we had one all to ourselves) the real fun began. Since there were about 20-25 of us, we just kind of wandered off in our own little groups. The bulk of the group was able to stay together and rode back to the main farm. We made a quick pit stop through the pumpkin patch first though so we could make our evaluation on coming back for another trip in a few weeks. There were plenty of apples eaten out in the fields but a bunch of us were still hungry. We made our way to the Country Store for dinner. I had heard good things about their food here and felt it was worth a trip. Boy oh boy was it worth it. Some had the bottomless fried chicken, while the kids stuck to more mainstream classics like Macaroni & Cheese and hot dogs. FYI, the fried biscuits were certainly a treat.
By 7:00, it was time to head on out of the corral and get back to the city. I for one had an excellent time as did my kids. It would be advantageous for the social media community to certainly mindful that some of us have kids, and family friendly events would allow a much larger attendance at events planned.
On a weekly basis I’m looking for things to do with my kids on the weekend. Sometimes, things seem to drop in my calendar and other times, I find the most obscure random events going on. However, this weekend was kind of a no-brainer because now that we’re in full autumn swing, the fruit orchards are harvesting. Apple picking is not only a fun thing to do on a Sunday afternoon…but it’s even more fun when you can do it with your family and friends.
On Sunday, October 4th, 2009, I will be taking my girls to Eckert’s Farm in Belleville, IL for some good ole country fun. Everyone is invited to join us as this will be a peak time for picking Golden Delicious and Red Delicious apples. Eckert’s charges $1.59/lb for their apples but it’s worth every penny!
We’ll meet at 2:00pm at the country store. The weather is slated to be beautiful so I hope to see all my friends there.
Be sure to follow Eckert’s on Twitter and let them know you’re coming and supporting our local economy. If you decide to retweet this event, be sure to use the hashtag #STLAppleTweetup.
Eckert’s Farm is located at:
951 S. Green Mount Road
Belleville, IL 62220