My mom and I were both hanging around while everyone else was at work yesterday, so we decided to visit nearby Barton Orchards. It's always PACKED with people coming up from NYC for the day, and it's a liiiittle more commercial than the farms that I usually prefer to visit, but we had a great time.
This is where you walk in. That bridge is for the goats to get from the pen on one side to the other. I think it's hilarious that the goats get to be so high up.
From where the orchards are, you can get a good view of the farm from higher up. You can see the mountains in the distance - I think that's the West Mountain State Forest.
Hay ride was as expected... Itchy and uncomfortable. But it was a good way to get a tour of the farm!
Pumpkins! They don't have any to pick, but they're all laid out in the field to choose from.
We didn't pick any apples, but we went into the store and bought some baked goods, fudge, cider, and apple crisp mix. They sell mostly local items. On the farm there is also a bakery, ice cream station, donut shop, coffee place, etc. All kinds of stuff to buy! It feels a little bit like a fair. There's even a bar:
I couldn't leave without trying the hard apple cider they had on tap, so to get out of the heat for a while, my mom and I shared a cup of cider and listened to the country music blaring in the tap room.
I've tried Angry Orchard apple cider, which you may have heard of before (it's made here in the Hudson Valley!), and it was not my favorite. Instead I went for the Stella Artois "hard cidre," which was amazing! Imagine the taste of a green apple Jolly Rancher mixed with the bubbliness of champagne, cold and fizzy and sweet like sparkling cider, but taken up a notch. Highly recommend, gets my seal of approval. :)
I picked up a bag of apples from the supermarket on our way home (yes, after spending the afternoon at an apple orchard... sue me) and finished the day by making an apple crisp with the mix we bought at the farm.
NONE of the pictures I took of the finished product look appetizing, unfortunately, but I promise it was good (and it was super easy to make).
Hope you're all having a wonderful Sunday! I'm busy with school and work this week, but I hope to keep up my blogging streak as much as I can. ;)