Autumn is the only season where pumpkins are judged by their personality as well as their performance in the swimsuit competition. Get to know all of Fall's finest crops with today's Groupon: for $5, you get 10 pounds of apples that you pick yourself at Johnson's Orchards in Bedford. Due to seasonality, this Groupon expires on September 25, 2011.
Sown since 1919, Johnson's Orchards' 200 fertile acres buttress the Blue Ridge Mountains foothills and checker the landscape with thousands of apple trees. Patrons hand-select 10 pounds of nearly 200 varieties of apples, ensuring the fruits suit specific standards for weight, hue and doctor-repelling abilities. After stocking up on apples, visitors are welcome to meander the foot trails cutting through the orchard, while tots encouragingly pat the heads of amiable farm animals. Visitors can also tipple cold cider straight from the press and weigh down restless hot air balloons with jellies, relishes, and 25 different fruit wines from the on-site winery. A picnic pavilion affords idyllic views and a space to dive into vitamin-packed feasts.