It’s apple picking time.
The golden sun of autumn is here and the weather is turning colder. Early fall is one of the most beautiful times of year and it’s filled with all sorts of fun activities. One of the best is picking apples at a local orchard.
Going to an orchard on a weekend is quite an experience. If you’ve never eaten an apple straight off a tree you’re in for quite a treat. You’ll be amazed at how delicious they are. You’ll also be surprised at how fragrant an orchard is and by the incredible variety of apples.
Apple picking has become big business. Orchards will sell you everything you can imagine with some having gift shops filled with “country items” that have little to do with picking an apple. Even though it’s become very commercialized, going to an orchard to pick apples on a fall day is still a lot of fun.
Bergen County has some apple picking orchards of it’s own and there are some barely a 1 hour drive away too. When my son was little I went up to Masker Orchards but there are several choices. Here are some you’ll enjoy –Alstede Farms in Chester, NJ
Demarest Farms in Hillsdale, NJ
Masker Orchards in Warwick, NY
Ochs Orchard in Warwick, NJ
Apple picking is one of those special moments a family shares together. Being outdoors enjoying the orchard’s fragrant fresh air in the warm fall sun is healthy and it’s also very relaxing.
Children especially enjoy it and it’s a terrific teaching opportunity as well as a fun time. Some orchards have apple cider presses where children can see apple cider being made. Because this can change from year to year, call ahead to find out about this.
A fall tradition, apple picking time is one of many terrific experiences you’ll enjoy as a Bergen County resident.