When my husband was offered a job in Philadelphia when our first son was 15 months old and our 2nd on the way – we jumped at the opportunity. We knew for “our family” it was the best possible way to raise our children, knowing the change of seasons. If my boys are anything like me they will remember jumping in the leaf piles, hay rides at local farms, kicking the damp fall leaves as they walk to school, bonfires at night, pumpkin picking and apple picking on a real farm where you actually have to take the apples from the tree and pumpkins from the vine. These are memories I take with me daily during the fall season, feeling a sense of comfort and connection with my past.
So embrace the season and take your kids apple picking, it can be a tradition that will carry on for generations. Not sure what to do with all those apples? Here are a few apple inspired recipes for you to try.
Here are some of my favorite places to go apple picking in the Philadelphia area. I’d also LOVE to know where your favorite apple picking spot is.
Linvilla Orchards in Media, which is very close to where I live. They have a fantastic playground and petting zoo that is free. This farm isn’t my favorite, just because it’s gotten so commercial over the years and I recently found out that they don’t make their own pies…big turn off. BUT, if you live near to Linvilla and you don’t have time to travel to another farm this would be a good option.
Varner Farms in Collegville gives you a real farm experience with a horse drawn tractor that takes you to six acres of pumpkins and apple orchards.
Highland Orchards in West Chester has been around since 1941. They offer many activities for kids and offers a seasonal CSA.
Johnson’s Corner Farm in Medford NJ is seriously a farm you could spend all day at. Besides having apple and pumpkin picking in the fall they have a “Discovery Barnyard”. It offers climbing rocks, challenging Space Net, state of the art EVOS Pathfinder and two Pedal Go Cart Tracks plus so much more.
Solebury Orchards in New Hope PA grows apples, peaches, blueberries and other fruits. The farm is well known for it’s high quality fruit and amazing country setting.
Now if you don’t live in the Philadelphia area, check out the Pick Your Own website for a extensive list of farms near you.