I am woefully behind on this post. Last Saturday my mom, sister, brother, my boys, and I headed further south into the true garden of the Garden State. First stop, Mood's Farm for some apple picking. Sadly, the picking orchard had been hard hit by a hail storm a few weeks back and most of the fruit was bruised. Even so, we got some token shots to make it look like we picked a bushel.
The farm stand which wafted the intoxicating scent of cider doughnuts all around. I'm sure you gain weight just by smelling them.
Mini gourds displayed in old-fashioned shopping carts (trolleys), child not included.
Jersey apples a-plenty.
A few unbruised fruits.
Mama and D.
The grass around the orchard came above Davis's knees, which made trudging through it something of a feat for our little half pint. He took more than a couple of spills.
Our ham collecting apples with tremendous enthusiasm and focus.
The second farm we visited, Duffield's, with pumpkins as far as the eye could see.
I took Addison on a hay ride, not a brilliant idea for someone like me who suffers from rather overwhelming hay fever (didn't put that one together far enough in advance), to the pumpkin patch. Just like his Daddy, he wasted no time in selecting a pumpkin. Indecision will not be his life-long struggle. He saw a beautiful and, might I add, enormous one the minute we disembarked the wagon and announced, "I want that one!" Lucky mommy.
The pumpkin patch.
The ride back to the farm, pumpkin in tow.
Happy Davis, face covered with cinnamon sugar, the remnants of an exquisite cider doughnut. Start the addiction early. Check out the rest of the photos in the Autumn 2008 album.
It occurred to me upon reflection that some of you may not be familiar with American apple cider. It is not alcoholic like its UK counterpart, but rather is what the British know as cloudy apple juice, an unfiltered version of the clear variety. Apple cider doughnuts are a seasonal commodity, a cake doughnut with cider mixed into the batter, rendering it not apple-y but tangy and oh so moist. For a great article about cider doughnuts complete with recipe click here.