New Fall Favorite: Apple Picking
Every time we do something new and fun here in New York, I become more and more convinced that I am utterly in love with this city. Last year, we had lived here for about six weeks when fall came around and I decided to take the kids home to California to celebrate my favorite holiday, Halloween. We went to our usual favorite pumpkin patch, and trick-or-treated in same neighborhood that I had gone to as a child.
This year, while the weather has caught me off guard and totally unprepared-seriously, it feels like a light switch went off and all of a sudden it is Fall- yet I am determined to embrace it. It’s stunningly gorgeous and I’m already obsessing over all things pumpkin. It’s true, while I
may be am in denial that old man Winter is knocking on our door, I also completely adore New York City in October.
Yesterday, Justin had the morning off from school so we decided last minute to take the kids apple and pumpkin picking. We are really lucky that there are ZipCar’s available in our building, so we ordered one and hopped on the road around 8:45 AM and headed towards Dr. Davies farm in Rockland. The drive itself was super easy, and took about 45 minutes all totaled (bonus: only one stop and zero puking!).
This farm was everything that I was hoping for, aside from the modest (yet pricey) pumpkin selection. Family owned and operated, it was super cozy and nearly the perfect experience.
The apple orchards were phenomenal. Great assortment of nicely ripened apples on full trees, the kids had so much fun tromping around picking and munching.
After we filled half of a bushel- about 25 lbs- we went on a hay ride into the “pumpkin patch” where the kids got to pick out a little pumpkin and I went nutty over the beautiful scenery.
We ate a picnic lunch (despite bellies full of apples) and got back on the road. We were back in Manhattan in less than 40 minutes, just in time for naps.
The best part of all of this is I now have a fridge full of apples. I’m scouring the internet for the best apple pie, applesauce and apple muffin recipes. If you know of any I’m all ears!
I’m happy to put this experience in the pile of examples of why we should consider staying in Manhattan even slightly longer than we “need” to.
Special thanks to Mommy Poppins for the awesome Pumpkin Picking guide!