Cooking with kids is always a fun family activity, but you can take it up a notch by taking your children to a farm or orchard to pick their own produce to use in a baking project. The added field trip gets them out of the house and into nature, gets them off their fannies and onto their feet, and gives them a bit of agriculture education in the process.
Sure, pumpkin patches offer kids a chance to pick their Halloween pumpkins, but there’s nothing like spending a fall day in an apple orchard then using your bounty to bake an apple pie at home. Really, you could do this with your children at any pick-your-own farm or orchard: cherries, blueberries, raspberries, strawberries – all make amazing seasonal cakes, cobblers and clafoutis. But we're going with apples because, well, what’s more American than apple pie?