With the fall comes Halloween. Followed by the build up to the holidays, and weeks if not months of annual traditions and special events. Apple and pumpkin picking have become a family favorite! Siella had been begging to go for weeks and finally, we managed to squeeze a trip in. It was a few hours drive out to the country. The weather felt more like summer than fall. But even though it was super late in the season for apples, we managed to have a fun day spent at Longmeadow Farm.
We stumbled upon Longmeadow Farm two years ago, on a trip home from Kalahari Resorts. Jason was headed out of town that week, so I started to Google apple picking while driving. Coincidentally, Longmeadow was the next exit. The quaint farm is no frills without large indoor markets, apple cider or donuts (well, no donuts is a bummer). But the acres and variety of apples and pumpkins easily make up for it. And even as late as it was in October, we still filled a bin to the rim with apples of all types. Although, I do not recommend waiting until late fall to head out to pick pumpkins are see an autumn harvest festival. The earlier, the better!
Ryder has become quite the picker, always managing to score apples high up in the trees!
Siella made sure to taste test each variety before putting them in the basket. What’s your favorite type of apple? There are so many to choose from- a champagne apple, one that is golden delicious, granny smith, pink lady and the list goes on and on!
We normally pick apples and pumpkins on separate weekends, but no time for that this year. That was fine, because there were tons of pumpkins, and lots of gourds too. Gemma was obsessed with the gourds! So much so that we ended up with more gourds than apples this time around!
Gemma found the smallest gourd and added it to her collection.
Look at how many pumpkins we picked!
Our trip wouldn’t have been complete without a little run through the corn maze, and our obligatory photo in front of the barn!
I’m so happy to check off this fall family activity off our list! I was afraid we were going to miss apples and pumpkins for the first time since having kids. Now we just need to find the time to carve all these pumpkins before tomorrow. In the meantime, I am planning on surprising the kids with a homemade apple pie when they get home from school today! I just need to take a deep breath and enjoy all of our Halloween festivities, because after that, it’s onto holiday prep gear!
With all this warm weather, the leaves have yet to change color in NYC, but I guess I can still say it- Happy Autumn!
*This post was originally published October 30th, 2017*
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18 thoughts on “Autumn Harvest”
It’s been warm here, too. The day we went apple picking it was like 80 -which is unheard of for this time of year.
These kinds of adventures are EXACTLY why I love fall! There’s nothing better than apple and pumpkin picking, hay rides, and corn mazes. All the fall things are fun!
I’m with Gemma. Gourds are the coolest! I love them almost more than pumpkins. It sounds like you guys had a great time!
It’s cool that you were able to pick out lots of types of apples! This seemed like a really fun Fall day!
This looks like so much fun. We always try to go to a local apple orchard in the fall.
Pumpkin patches/apple orchards are the best. And how cute are those overalls!
Such a fun family activity for fall. We never miss our annual apple and pumpkin picking, which happens to include fresh donuts made by our local orchard.
Now that looks like a lot of fun! Harvests are always a lot of fun.
The kids look like they really enjoyed it. I haven’t been to a harvest in ages!
Your kids are the cutest! They sure enjoyed the trip to Long Meadow Farm! We used to do that too when the kids were young. It was such a fun activity for the whole family!
This looks like such a fun time for the whole family! I LOVE fall events like this, they are the best and what I look forward to most during this time of year. I love your pretty pictures!
You guys are adorable! I’m glad you had so much fun picking apples and pumpkins. The kids seem to have an awesome day! It’s really nice when you get to go out and enjoy this with the kids.
Looks like a fun filled day! It’s been a long time since I went apple picking. It’s always so much fun when you have the whole family around with you.
We did this last weekend and it was so much fun for the kids! The experience is definitely for them and that’s why I make it a point to take them to a pumpkin patch every year.
What a fun tradition for a family! We need to take advantage of the fact that it’s finally starting to feel like autumn here. Apple picking would be such a great way to celebrate.
That sounds so much fun! My kids love apple picking during this time of year.
These are fun festive pictures. I never been pumpkin picking before seems like a fun family outing.
What a great pictures. The kids have enjoyed it so much. Looks fun to be there.