“I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.”
Every autumn, I hang this Anne of Green Gables quote on my wall. Fall truly is the best time of year, when crunchy leaves scatter the ground and the crisp air means that it’s finally time to build fires, drink hot apple cider, and eat pumpkin everything.
In New York City, autumn means that thousands of New Yorkers head north every weekend for a little nature, a little apple picking, and a lot of apple cider donuts. It was a tradition that I had yet to try, and I was feeling major FOMO. So one weekend I traveled upstate to Fishkill Farms with Ann, Jess and Steph for a day of basic fall fun.
(The farm is named after the nearby town of Fishkill, New York, if you’re wondering why anyone would name their farm “Fishkill!”)
Everyone that I’ve ever talked to who has gone apple picking has raved about apple cider donuts. So I assumed that they would be good. But I wasn’t prepared for quite how delicious, sugary and soft they were. It was like eating cake! Trust me, apple cider donuts are on a whole different level than other donuts!
So of course we started our visit with a picnic lunch of apple cider donuts. But that’s ok, because they’re made out of apples they’re healthy, right?!
Fishkill Farms also has amazing apple cider that’s made right on the farm. I’ve never had apple cider that was this good!
There’s no greater symbol of fall than pumpkins, so we played around in the pumpkin patch for a little bit.
And then we were distracted by rows and rows of beautiful sunflowers.
So we played around in the sunflowers too.
Then we finally made it to the orchards for apple picking.
Clearly Ann and I were really excited to be there.
The farm’s website (which you can find here) lets you know what kinds of apples are ripe for picking depending on when in the season you visit. They also give you a map when you arrive to help point the way.
It was hard to reach the apples that were higher up on the tree.
So Ann and I developed a system based on our cheerleading days.
Before long we had filled our bags with delicious, fresh apples.
We tried a few apples while we were picking…
And then afterwards instead of apples in our hands we had (alcoholic!) apple cider!
Each cider that we tasted is made with over 10 different kinds of apples, and has the same consistency as white wine.
We then finished the day with a few pictures in front of the farm’s red barn. Because what blogger can resist pictures in front of a red barn?!
I definitely recommend visiting Fishkill Farms for apple picking. The farm has a lot to do (as you can see) without feeling too gimmicky or kid-focused. Plus their apple cider and apple cider donuts are to die for!
The farm provides the apple picking containers, so all you have to do is show up. You should definitely wear boots, since you’ll be walking around through fields which are littered with fallen apples and can be muddy depending on the weather. If you’re there over lunch, Fishkill Farms sells real food (like burgers, hot dogs, corn etc.) or you can bring your own food and picnic. Or you can do what we did, and just eat apple cider donuts for lunch!
If you have other questions about visiting Fishkill Farms, you can check out their website FAQs here.
While we were driving up to the farm, one of my friends texted me asking what I was up to. I said that I was apple picking, and his response made me laugh: “What, are you in the produce section?!”
No, Fishkill Farms is so much better than that! And Apple picking there was the perfect way to ring in autumn.
“Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall.” – F. Scott Fitzgerald
Happy fall, y’all!
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