Fall in New England means beautiful foliage, crisp air, cozy sweaters and family memories. And there is no better way to create those memories than to visit your local farm for apple picking, hayrides, finding that perfect pumpkin, and savoring apple cider donuts.
Apple season in New England typically lasts from late-August through October, although the exact timeframe can vary year to year depending on that unpredictable New England weather. Chances are you’ll know when apple season is underway because it will seem like apples are everywhere! When you go to your local farmstand, you’ll notice an abundance of delicious apple treats like apple cider, apple cider donuts, apple pies, apple crisp – everything apple!
If you’re like many New England families, you’ll pick a day to take the whole family apple picking each year. There is no better way to spend a sunny, crisp fall day. Adults and children of all ages can enjoy roaming through the apple trees, picking out the perfect apples to bring home and enjoy as is or to include in a yummy apple recipe. Not only is apple picking fun, but it’s also a great way for children to learn about where their produce comes from and how it is grown. If you haven’t yet made apple picking an annual family tradition, there’s no better time to start!
At Parlee Farms, we have over 20 acres of dwarf apple trees, with over 20 apple varieties grown. Dwarf trees produce large, flavorful apples that are easy for children to pick. Some of our most popular varieties are Honey Crisp, Gala, Macoun, MacIntosh, and Fuji. Please check out the PARLEE FARMS APPLE VARIETIES to see when your favorite apple is ready!
Finding that perfect pumpkin is a fun fall activity for all ages! There are so many different colors and types of pumpkins grown today at local farms. At Parlee Farms, we grow almost 12 acres of 30 different varieties of pumpkins. We are sure that you can find that perfect jack-o-lantern pumpkin in our Pumpkin Patch!
Most New England farms offer much more during the fall months and encourage you to make a day of it! Here at Parlee Farms, we also offer hayrides to the orchard for apple pickers and flower picking through September. If you are hungry, we offer delicious food options such as warm farm made apple crisp and hot apple cider at Mary’s Country Kitchen, our Roasted Non-GMO Corn, and lunch offerings for the whole family at The Lunch Box. Don’t forget to stop by Annie’s Animal Barns so feed and pet our baby goats, sheep, and chickens and to play in our new 2,400 square foot Sandbox!
To see what is available at your favorite farm, always check their website prior to visiting the farm. At Parlee Farms, we update TODAY’S FARM NEWS daily for picking information and what else is available that day.
We hope to see you during the fall season and would be honored to be a part of your fall family traditions!
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