|Apple picking at Larriland Farm|
Larriland -- in Woodbine -- a true Howard County gem. Pick-your-own fruits and vegetables all summer, then a fall festival with apple fritters, hay rides, barbecue and more through this season.
Every trip was wonderful, and I can't suggest it enough. Sun-warmed peaches are so delicious that you should put them now on your calendar for next summer. But the pumpkin-apple season takes a splendid second place, and Larriland augments with all kinds of kid-friendly activities like animals to check out and a hay bale maze to run through. On weekends, they have hay rides and food like apple fritters and hamburgers.
Lil' Chow just wanted an apple. I have been serving him diced apple since he came home. A few times, I went wild by making two-bite apple sticks. So this rookie Dad had to laugh when Lil' Chow took a small apple from a tree and proceeded to chomp off bites. Apparently not the choking hazard that I had expected -- although he did feed me the skin. I think it is too tough for his teeth.
|Sweet potato fries and pork at Town Grill|
After our apple picking, we squeezed into a table at Town Grill in Lisbon for a lunch. The pulled pork sandwich continues to be one of my favorites, and Mrs. HowChow pulled off a new hit by ordering sweet potato fries.
Town Grill is just off the traffic circle between I-70 and Larriland. It's a barbecue joint inside a gas station, and it's really worth checking out -- as I have written many times in the past.
One more lesson from our folly: You don't need to squeeze into an indoor table like we did. Town Grille has enclosed their patio with screens and a plastic that should keep it comfortable even with a slight chill in the air. They have several tables out there, and we could have spread out.