If I had a penny for all the times people asked me where to go apple picking in NYC, I’d have been rich! Unfortunately, I always came up short until yesterday when I went on a school field trip to Terhune farm. The farm is tucked close to Princeton, New Jersey and it is as amazing as they come. It is a fantastic destination for picking apples and several fruits such as strawberries, cherries, blackberries, blueberries, pumpkins and mums (though I’m not a big fan of mums but theirs are too beautiful to dislike).
Beyond pick-your-owns, the farm offers several fun activities that involves feeding farm animals, field trips, exploring the farm market, and curating gift baskets. But since I went visiting with the school, my explorations were limited so I couldn’t see or do much. The farm is a stone throw from Lawrenceville and Princeton, so you could easily visit and have a wonderful time amidst the fruits and orchards.
While the apples are far from organic, the farm cultivates them with a natural chemical derivative from the mums they grow, called pyrethrum oil (so they are considered healthy, natural and safe for consumption). Though the apples are not organic, they grow lots of other organic produce that you will love. They grow over 46 varieties of crops and fruits ranging from apples to zucchinis. Terhune farms utilize sustainable practices and integrated pest management to cultivate their crops. They are also certified organic vegetable producers.
The pick-your-own for apples and all other fruits is available from April-October. Septembers are specially earmarked for apples as fall rolls around. The apple trees are dwarfed and secured with wire trellis, so patrons can easily pick the apples from the ground. The apples at Terhune farms are deliciously crisp, crunchy, and juicy (you wouldn’t get enough of them). Saturdays and Sundays are a good time to go pick some apples at the farm. If you are passionate about pick-your-owns, we have several related articles on our blog that you are sure to enjoy!
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