It’s that time of the year! This year we discovered a new place to go pumpkin picking in Toano, VA at Pumpkinville and instead of venturing upstate like we have in the past, we decided to discover apple picking in New Jersey.
Honestly, as I started writing this post, I realized that I have failed you in delivering the images of what Chester, NJ is looking like today. Even if you have picked your apples for the season, it’s still worth a drive there. It is just breathtakingly beautiful, bursting of colors with little hidden creeks and lakes throughout, I was so busy admiring it all that I forgot to take pictures to share with you all here. Blogger fail.
On the day we decided to head over to the farm, it was a windy but beautiful Fall day. I would even go as far as to say that it was Fall at its very best.
The apple picking at Riamede Farm is a bit slim nowadays, but you can still find a good bunch in the farther part of the farm. We managed to gather about 40 pounds – plenty for pie-making!
There is a $1 dollar admission to the farm, and a plastic bag that holds about 20 pounds of apples is 50 cents. They offer hay rides for no additional charge and have a nice little hay area where the kids love to jump and play freely.
They also have a stand where they sell cider hot dogs (I know, weird but hubby swears they are delicious), apple cider donuts which they make on the spot, pop corn (which they pop right there as well) and other goodies. Bring cash. Though they do have an ATM available, they do not accept credit cards.
I loved that the trees were never too tall for the little ones and it was easy for them to run around and pick their favorites. I am not sure how long we were at the farm, maybe two or three hours. I do remember though feeling warm from the walking and the warm apple cider. My kids had a blast, and the drive home was just heavenly.
I hope you can make it out that way soon while the foliage is in full display of colors. Who says you have to go all the way to Maine or Vermont? There are some pretty incredible scenes to capture right here close to home.
Riamede Farm is open 9:00-4:30 daily. Located at 122 Oakdale Road, NJ. Telephone: 908-879-5353.