Two years ago Dan and I wanted to go apple picking. He poked around online until he found a place that had a good selection of pick-your-own apples down near Princeton, NJ. It was a bit of a hike, but we invited our friends Krista and JB who live near Philadelphia. Terhune Orchards has two properties: one where you can pick apples, and the other where the Fall Festival takes place with pumpkin picking, farm animals, live music and wine tasting.
We had such a great time that we knew we wanted to do it again, this year with babies in tow! Krista and JB’s son Bailey is about five weeks younger than James. I wanted to get a little red wagon for the boys, but neither of them can sit up on their own yet. Maybe next year.
We met up at the orchard property first for some apple picking. The employee at the entrance gave us a map and told us where we could pick. He explained which varieties were available and what their best uses are. Some are better for cooking, some for snacking, and so on.
For this trip we set off through the rows of trees in search of Stayman Winesap apples. According to the orchard’s website, this type of apple is a “chance seedling”, which means it was bred by accident. It’s also their most popular variety.
We found the right section of the orchard and started hunting for the perfect specimens to fill our bags. At six feet five inches tall, my husband is really an excellent person to go apple picking with. He can reach things that most people can’t.
I’m sure that James will be taller than me by the time he’s a teenager. Someday he’ll reach things that I can’t, but for now, I did the picking for him.
After picking enough apples for a pie and snacks for the week, we left the orchard for the other Terhune property.
Just a quick trip down the road, we found the vineyard, pick-your-own flowers, farm store and the fall festival.
We checked out the farm store, where they were washing and sorting apples in the back. The fruit bobbed along on the conveyor belts for sorting into bushel baskets.
Of course we picked up a bag of apple cider donuts. They are one of my favorite fall treats and they certainly didn’t last long. When in Rome…
Pumpkins, decorative gourds, and fall decorations were all on display and available for purchase.
After lunch at the picnic tables and a walk by the goats and sheep, we headed to the tasting room. Terhune produces a surprisingly wide variety of wines.
The offerings included single tastings or flights of five. Those of us old enough to imbibe each selected five wines to taste. The others napped.
We found a table in the shade and relaxed for a while. James had a grand old time sitting on the table and playing with a pumpkin while we chatted. It was great to catch up with JB and Krista. It’s hard to stay in touch with our friends from college who have spread out across the north east. It’s even harder now that we have a baby, and a lot of the have babies too.
Just before we were ready to leave, Krista had the great idea to scout out a place to take a picture of the boys together. Hopefully we will be able to repeat the picture in the same spot throughout the years so we can see them grow.