This past weekend was a fun, cool and busy one. Sunday, however, was the icing on cake for the family and I. After packing up the car with a few items of necessity - it was a chilly and damp afternoon - and a small serving of tea, we headed north of Toronto to a small town called Stouffville, which is located about 30 minutes north of Toronto. We were going to meet some friends for some apple picking and tea drinking. Well, in reverse order that is.
We arrived about 30 minutes before our friends so the family and I decided to unpack our tea equipment and leaves, and make a quick serving of tea to warm up our chilly bones before the 'big pick'. What I discovered after steeping the first of three steeps was that a stove (or other water heating device) is a must when making tea. (With that said, you can very easily brew up some GuiFei Honey Oolong tea and a variety of others through a cold-brew method. It takes about 6-8 hours to fully appreciate the taste, but it makes a fantastic summer refresher.) We filled up three medium-sized thermos' with boiling water at home, but by the time we arrived at Applewoods Farm & Winery the water had already chilled.
Still, the warm tea was a nice way to loosen up and warm up our cool frames before heading out to gather some delicious apples.
After a few hours of picking and some time in the playground, we were ready to head back to the city for a fun-filled family BBQ with all the fixings - including a couple of juicy and delicious apples!
If you would like to visit Applewoods, here is a link to their website. Just click and visit. Enjoy!
“You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me.”