Anyone who has worked a manual labor job characterized by tedious and repetitive tasks must be baffled by the hordes of people who voluntarily flock to apple orchards every fall to willingly, eagerly, pick fruit.
Apple picking makes perfect sense on paper: It’s a great way to spend a fall afternoon, orchards are relatively accessible in many parts of the country, you look good on Instagram doing it, and you can turn all those apples into a homemade apple pie. Just don’t think too hard about it, because if you do, you’ll realize a few unsettling truths.
First, apple picking isn’t even the twelfth best way to spend a fall afternoon, and it’s actually quite expensive for what you’re getting if you’re actually after the fruit. And while it might look good on the ‘gram, it also looks good on the ‘gram of countless other people (and no, your “apple a day” caption isn’t unique). Finally, there’s no way you’re actually baking an apple pie.