Like most New Englanders, I have very fond memories of apple picking with family and friends. I even remember my first time to an apple orchard! I was in kindergarten, and our class had spent the previous week making bags to put our apples in and learning about how apples grow. Since then, apple picking has always had a special place in my heart.
When I realized that PhillyBoy and I had never been apple picking together, I knew we had to remedy that right away. It helped that Heather and I were due for a visit, and there was an apple orchard exactly one hour from each of us. So last Saturday Heather, Mark, PB and I headed to the farm! Terhune Orchards is located right outside of Princeton, NJ and offers apple picking Monday-Sunday from 9 AM- 5 PM. Their Pick-Your-Own orchard is on Van Kirk Road, just a few miles away from their main area.
Heather & Mark:
PB and I:
The orchard had several different varieties of apples, and PB and Mark helped us navigate them. I made PB try almost every kind of apple available before picking any apples, which unfortunately ensures he is appled out for the season. 7 apples in a day can do that to someone. Heather and I had the chance to catch up while collecting apples for ourselves. By now she is an old friend, and it was so nice to see her!
Around the corner at the main Terhune Farm, they offer various foods and activities for families including pumpkin painting and cider donuts, apple cider and caramel apples. We headed there after apple picking where I enjoyed a cider donut and some hot cider. The four of us stood around and chatted as the guinea fowl took over our area.
Piece of my delicious cider donut:
It was a great day and a great way to celebrate fall. What better way to enjoy the fall crisp air than to head to a Pick-Your-Own orchard and collect some fresh and healthy apples? Of course, apples are now in season so they will taste much better now than at any other time of year. Plan your apple picking trip now before the season ends!
Thanks Heather and Mark, we had a great day!
The four of us:
Now what does one do with 7 lbs of apples? Ideas?