Apple and Pumpkin Picking in the Garden State

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Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams

Fall is upon us bringing thoughts of falling leaves and the aroma of warm baked apple pie.  There is no better way to enjoy a fall day than picking your own apples or pumpkins.  There are several orchards in the Garden State that offer Pick-Your-Own pumpkins and apples.  Many of these orchards offer fresh baked goods, cider and other treats on the premises.  Support our local growers by visiting one of the following orchards:

Hacklebarney Farm Cider Mill & Farm Store, 104 State Park Rd. Chester, NJ 07930
Phone: (908) 879-6593
Description: Apples, Pie, Cider, Donuts, Cider Donuts, Cider Hot Dogs, Bakery on Premises, Pick -Your-Own Pumpkins, Vegetables. We grow 22 varieties;  Weekends. Apr. & May; mid-Aug. - Dec. 23, Tues. - Sun. 10 am-5 pm, Open Holiday Mondays.

Hillview Farms, 223 Meyersville Rd, Gillette, NJ 07933
Phone: (908) 647-0957
Open: May - December; Daily, 10 am - 6 pm.
Description: Apples, Pie, Cider, Pumpkins, Vegetables, Pick-Your-Own

Apples: Golden Delicious, Macoun, McIntosh

Ripple Hill Farm, 181 Mountain Rd. Basking Ridge, NJ 07920
Phone: (908) 647-1300
Open: Mid-July - Labor Day, Daily 9 am -7pm;; Labor Day - Nov., Daily 12 - 2 pm & 5 - 7 pm

Riamede Farm, 122 Oakdale Rd. Chester, NJ 07930
Phone: (908) 879-5353
Open: Early September until mid-November; 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; seven days of the week.

Description: Pick-your-own apples in a scenic old orchard featuring 30 different varieties of heirloom, traditional and modern apples. Pick your own pumpkin in our new pumpkin patch out back. Take a free hayride on weekends through the orchards or to the pumpkin patch. Roam our 66 acres of big old apple trees, fields and woodlands. Cider, honey, jams, donuts & more. School and group trips.
Apples: Fuji, Mutsu, Braeburn, Golden Delicious, Liberty, Empire, Freedom, Jonafree, Paragon, King David, Turley, Stayman Winesap, Red Delicous, Cortland, Baldwin, McCoun, Jonathan, Greening, Rome Beauty, Ruby, Gala, Red Chiefs, Red Corts, Northern Spy, Jonagold, McIntosh, Golden Delicious, Mollie Delicious, Sansa, and Ginger Gold.

Sun High Orchard, 19 Canfield Ave., Randolph, NJ 07869
Phone: (973) 584-4734
Open: May - December; Daily, 9 am - 6 pm
Description: Apples, Vegetables, Fruit, Pick-Your-Own Pumpkins, Cut Flowers
Apples: Empire, Fuji, Macoun, Winesapther Fruit: Pumpkins

Wightman's Farm, 1111 Mt. Kemble Ave., Morristown, NJ 07960
Phone: (973) 425-9819
Open: Year Round; Daily, 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Description: Apples, Pie, Cider, Pick-Your-Own Pumpkins, Vegetables.
Apples: Fuji, Golden Delicious, McIntosh, Winesap

Here is a link that has all the information you will need about apples:

http://www.allaboutapples.com/index.htm

 Now that you have all of those delicious apples home, what are you going to do with them? 

 Apple Crisp

Ingredients

Filling:

  • 5 Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored, chopped small
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped pecans
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice

Topping:

  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 6 tablespoons chilled butter, cut into pieces
  • 1/4 cup coarsely chopped pecans

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

For the Filling:

  • Mix all the ingredients together. Place into 7 to 8-ounce ramekins.

For topping:

Mix the flour, brown sugar, cinnamon and salt in large bowl. Blend the butter into the mixture until it forms pea size lumps. Stir in pecans and sprinkle over filling.

Bake crisps for 35 to 40 minutes. Cool 10 minutes before serving.

 

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