Expat Experiences, New York

Apple Picking 2017

Autumnal Apples

Now the summer is fading away and the weather is cooling (I lie, it’s scorchingly hot for this time of year but no one panic because climate change is not real) and along with the kids going back to school and Halloween approaching, now is the time to go apple picking.

Something of a tradition in NY, the apple picking business is a big deal.  There are dozens of well established farms and orchards where you can go to not just for apples and other seasonal fruit and veg but to spend the day having fun with your family and friends.

You can do hay rides, kids attractions, petting zoos, lunch and anything else that divests your pockets of cash.

Apples ready to be picked

Apples ready to be picked

Such colourful pumpkins

Such colourful pumpkins

Silverman’s Farm

We decided to head out of the city with friends to Silverman’s Farm, a well known apple picking spot.  About an hour from us, the farm is in Connecticut.

We went with good friends and as well as coming home with bags of apples, we had a lovely time talking and catching up.  It’s a great group activity so round up some company if you go apple picking.

Catching the tractor to the orchard

Catching the tractor to the orchard

The kids enjoyed the farm

Emma, Ella and Harry enjoyed the farm

As ever, I’d recommend getting there in good time as a) the weather was scorching by noon and b) it can get very busy.  I did notice the place was substantially quieter by late afternoon so if you’re nearby, you could go then too.

Emma takes the apple picking seriously

Emma takes the apple picking seriously

Harry goes for a wander

Harry goes for a wander amongst the apple trees

With over a dozen types of apple to pick and a cool tractor ride up the hill to the trees, this is a great place to go to stock up on apples for the next month.  You buy a bag and squash in as many apples as you can.

They also, kindly, allow you to eat as you pick so if you’re all about value for money, feel free to eat until you have a stomach ache.

Apple Picking 2017

The kids get ready to do some apple picking

Additional Attractions

To extend your visit, there’s food trucks and a cute petting zoo (of course, for an extra price but it’s fairly reasonable and the kids love it).

There’s a great play area for the kids and some games too.  Most of these farms have extra things to see and do including corn mazes and pumpkin patches.

Spotted in the pig pen

Spotted in the pig pen – three houses but where are the 3 Little Pigs?

Harry braves the ferocious goat

Harry braves the ferocious goat

Of course there’s the always appealing farm shop so you can stock up on fresh produce and pies as well as amazing decorations and garden ornaments etc.

A Halloween ID line up

A Halloween ID line up

I would like all these purchases please

I would like all these purchases please

The visit reminded me greatly of when we went pumpkin picking last year and if you’re sufficiently organised you can combine both activities into one visit.  Now all that’s left to do is eat a lot of apples.

Playing in the corn pit

Playing in the corn pit 

Hay bales to play on

Hay bales to play on

Harry takes his tractor work very seriously

Harry takes his tractor work very seriously

Apple picking selfie

Apple picking selfie

Children about to be devoured by the giant bale of doom

Children about to be devoured by the giant bale of doom

A tiny squash to take home <3

A tiny squash to take home 

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