The last official day of summer marks the date for what we consider to be one of our favorite fall events. And when I say “we” I really just mean myself and the boys, because my husband isn’t necessarily fond of being on tour for the entire fall season. But, he does it….so, brownie points there. This year’s Family Farm Day at Appleton Farm in Ipswich is happening on Sunday, September 21st from 10-3…oddly enough it may reach into the 80s. Sadly, the Schraffts will most likely be no-shows this year due to an 11:30 hockey game…go figure. But, you should all go!
Our fall days at an assortment of farms continue to be some of my favorite memories with the boys. We are, and always will be, “summer people” but, that having been said, there is something about the crisp weather, the pick-your-own abundance of super yummy fruit, the music, the changing leaves….the cider donuts, etc. that gives me super warm fuzzies. I am a stickler for tradition and there is something sentimental about the annual trip to each place that makes me happy. I love seeing how much the boys have grown from autumn to autumn and see what parts of each farm draw them in each season. My boys have also always been a bit obsessed with farm animals. There are no fewer than 50 goats, cows, and pigs that could tell you tales about a Schrafft boy’s finger being shoved into places they don’t belong. Primarily noses….but, there was that one time…. Bygones.
This year our Farm Tour will take a significant hit due to conflicting hockey schedules, but, we still have a few “must do” romps that I’m not willing to skip. Our favorite farm of all is Applecrest Farm in Hampton Falls, New Hampshire. First of all, I kind of like that it is a bit of a drive. A little known secret is that I’m a wicked Sunday driver. Again, my husband may disagree that the ride is a bonus, and…if I’m being honest here…it did lead to quite a marital tiff one year. The words “remind me again what exactly is wrong with the apples that are 20 minutes away from home?” were uttered in traffic on the way home….and we may or may not have missed the first quarter of the Patriots game. I digress. Applecrest is a fantastic destination and if you take the back roads, the drive is stunningly gorgeous. If you check out their event calendar you may get lucky enough to catch their super cute “Story Book Hayrides” that are put on by the drama students of a local high school to help pay for their annual school trip. They also host car shows, a field plowing day, and other events in addition to the already excellent activities that can easily fill a whole day. I’m a giant fan of the petting farm (small barnyard animals, peeps….seriously) and the excellent blue grass music. The good eats don’t hurt either! There’s also some good shopping to be done in their barn. We always come home with some classroom snacks for the boys and some sinful treats for the house.
We have lots of close runner-ups when it comes to local farms, but I’d rather hear yours! So, with fall approaching, where do you and yours always head? I’d really like to know!