While I love summer, fall is a definite contender in the favorite season category. Not only is it back to school season (yea, routine!), it’s a time to enjoy tons of cool activities like apple and pumpkin picking. With it being my daughters third birthday (welp ;/), we decided to enjoy a little pre-season fall fun at Harvest Moon Farm and Orchard over in South Salem. We had no idea before got there, but every weekend they also host fall festival activities (held every weekend from September 9th – October 29th as well as Columbus Day Monday October 9th) which is important to note since it will likely be very busy!
It was a packed house when we arrived, which will likely be the case throughout the season. We started with a pony ride that my toddler was excited for and then quickly terrified about.
We then purchased a bag for the apples, which was also good for their current crop of pears and peaches, at $30 a bag. We were told that this holds around 25 pounds and you have to purchase one before entraining the orchard. Walking up the hilly orchard, we started with pears and the peaches. Being early in the season, the crop was still really full as we loaded up our bag with yummy fruit.
The orchard also has a fun castle-like area to view the gorgeous landscape. The kids also loved running and climbing here. After that we went to picking apples, which were very easily accessible and full. The main crop right now is McIntosh Apples where other varieties will be ready in the coming days/weeks.
Since it was super hot and our bag with loaded up, we went back down to the main area to check out the festival. There was inflatable rides, face painting, ice cream, beer, and tons of food trucks. And that’s not all! There was also a pumpkin patch and a store where you can buy even more apples, veggies, wine, apple cider donuts and more.
We had the best afternoon kicking-off fall that’s just one of the many exciting things going on in and around Westchester this season.
For more information, please visit: http://www.harvestmoonfarmandorchard.com