Apple picking in the Fall

September marks the beginning of Fall – the time of year when the leaves begin to turn. It is also the time of year when summer crops are harvested.

Where I come from , the leaves remain unchanged but there is a change of seasons too. The monsoons normally make a retreat and the farmers begin to prepare for harvest.

Being a very urban dweller , I’ve only occasionally harvested chillies or tomatoes and the odd brinjal from my father’s garden. So I was very keen on an apple picking trip to Alstede Farms in New Jersey. This was to be one of Ms. Papaya’s last few outings before the winds turned chillier .

It was an unusually hot Saturday with absolutely no cloud cover . But this didn’t seem to deter the tons of visitors that day. Luckily Alstede Farms is really big enough and there weren’t any long lines or waits for the tickets, hayrides or even the delicious hand churned ice cream at the end .

The hayrides and produce plucking is very we’ll organised. After buying a ticket which was tagged to our wrist, we were given a carton that we could fill with whatever produce we chose – apples, peaches, pumpkins and even bell peppers and tomatoes !

We decided to go for the hayride and see the entire farm before getting off at various spots to pick the fruit . It was a lovely drive through undulating lands with corn fields, potato patches and of course rows of fruit trees.

After the hayride, we walked through the apple orchard and picked out the fruit. Ms Papaya was thrilled to pluck off the low hanging fruit . After we paid for what we’d picked , we grabbed some fresh hand churned ice cream and came home happy and content .

Did you know that there are lots of apples ? The ones we got to pick were:

  • Fuji – Tiny , crunchy and super sweet

  • Gala – crisp and very sweet

  • Macoun – Firm and great for making Dutch Apple pie

  • McIntosh – Red and green skin now known universally thanks to Apple Technologies.

We finished off with a round of the Farmers Market and a generous helping of ‘kiddie sized’ hand churned ice cream!

Now all that’s left for me to do is to make those delicious apples into a yummy Dutch Apple Pie !

Watch this space for more .

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A granny who always sees the humour in life and tries to do things differently. When others make cupcakes, this granny makes banana fritters. When she’s not busy chasing her grandchildren who love making her run around, she indulges in her passions of reading, writing, meeting friends and watching movies. And somewhere between all this she enjoys travelling and cooking!

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7 Responses

  1. Ramya says:

    We went to apple picking too this fall. My kids enjoyed a lot. That apple tree with many bunches of apples looks awesome.
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  2. Shilpa Gupte says:

    That sounds so exciting, Sunita! I so loved the way you described your visit to the farm. I am sure the ice cream must have tasted heavenly!
    Now waiting for the recipe for the apple pie! 🙂
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  3. RT says:

    Such a magical Saturday Mum – Ms. Papaya and I were thrilled to pick fruit with you. Come back soon!

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