Sometimes you've just got to jump on the bandwagon. And if that bandwagon just so happens to lead you to apple picking on a crisp Fall day, then so be it.
I wasn't sure I really wanted to go apple picking this year, but I think I nailed down the source of that "bah humbug" mood. I drive my car a lot during a week. I live in New Jersey, work in Pennsylvania, and while I'm staying out in PA, I have to drive my car virtually anywhere I want to go. For the past few years, I've been apple picking at Terhune Orchards, a really cute farm out in Princeton, NJ. I have a great time when I'm there, but the problem I face is that the drive there and back typically ends up being two hours each way. In case you're wondering, this leads to exhaustion and a lackluster attitude, which is no bueno.
This year when my sister and nephew wanted to go apple picking, I was determined to find a new (and closer!) farm to visit. After an online search, I ran into Demarest Farms. They won me over because, besides being nearby, they had pumpkin and apple picking, hay rides, a kiddie area, and a convenient farm store.
This past weekend, we decided to give Demarest a try. When we arrived at the farm, we were greeted by tons of pumpkins, fresh fruit and the cutest farm store ever. I have a tendency to get caught up in the charm of farm stores and want to buy everything ever. I restrained myself and only ended up purchasing some apple cider donuts, and a painted pumpkin and a few sweets for my nephew. Outside, the employees were also grilling up some burgers and hot dogs if you wanted something substantial to eat. There was also a popcorn maker and of course, some coffee, and hot and cold apple cider.
I love the pumpkin displays there. There was also a bin of ghost pumpkins! If I had a front yard, or even an entranceway that more than just my two neighbors would see, I would have stocked up on pumpkins. Read More