While I’m undoubtedly a bit bummed that summer is over, I am so excited that my one of my favorite seasons is finally upon us. Fall is such a spectacular time here in New England, and thousands of people flock here each year just to experience the breathtaking change of colors, as well as the quintessential fall activities.
One of the best (albeit a bit odd) fall activities is none other than the King Richards Faire, which is now open thru October 21. This is no joke – one of my fondest childhood memories was going to this fair with my family. I still remember having the time of my life watching the live jousting, having an odd run in with a pirate (don’t ask) and collecting all the Renaissance-era garb I could get my hands on. I’m hoping to make it down there before King Richard evacuates the premises, in which case I’ll do a blog post on that as well. Regardless, I highly recommend adding this to your list!
It’s also that special time of year for apple picking and hot apple cider donuts!! There are so many quaint, little farms in and around Boston that have fantastic apple picking, a wide selection of pumpkins, as well as delicious hot apple cider and donuts. To name a few, Honey Pot Hill and Shelburne Farm in Stow (not to be confused with Stowe, VT), Russell Orchards in Ipswich, and Smolak Farms in North Andover are some of the most reputable and closest to the city.
Since it’s been eons since I’ve been apple picking, I decided to take advantage of my freedom and (willingly) drag my friend to Shelburne Farm for a fun, fall adventure.
We arrived just in time for the mass influx of kindergartners (weeeeee!), so we rushed to get in line to get our bags and of course hot cider and donuts! The donuts were exactly as I imagined – warm and sugary and oh so delicious. Seriously, is there anything better?? We were told that the McIntosh, Macouns, Cortland and Honeycrisp were ripe for the picking, so we finished our treats and headed to the orchard. We also learned that Cortland apples are best for baking – who’d a thunk?
One thing we didn’t realize about apple picking is that it’s a full contact sport! Most of the trees had already been worked over, so we really had to get in there and sometimes climb great heights to get the good apples. I swear I have the scrapes and bruises to prove it!
In under an hour, our bags were piled high with delicious apples – for $18 a 1/2 peck, we had to get our money’s worth! I also took advantage of the beautiful landscape to steal a few farm shots…
On our way out, we visited the farm’s lovable mascot, Lady the llama, where my friend asked a really good question: ‘Why are there always llama’s on farms?’ After a quick Google search, we learned that the U.S. Department of Agriculture has named the llama a bonified “farm animal,” because 1) their calm and friendly demeanor makes people more comfortable; and 2) llamas can be very profitable and save you a ton on your tax bill. I wouldn’t go out and replace your dog with one of these, but the next time you’re on the market to buy a farm, they may be worth the investment. I mean, how can you not love this face?