This past weekend we had an opportunity to visit Phillips Farm in Northern New Jersey to learn more about their farming practices and pick a few apples from their orchard. In addition to being able to pick your own apples during the month of October, Phillips welcomes visitors to pick their own pumpkins. I was tempted to take this one home, but the nightmarish thought of hauling this humongous orange squash back to New York deterred me.
It's quite a delightful experience, especially for us kids who grew up in the city.
Since it is the peak of apple season, we walked through Phillips' expansive and marvelous apple orchard to survey the several varieties of apples growing.
It's such a wonderful experience to walk through these fields, taking in the picturesque, rustic country scenery and smelling the sweet fragrance of ripe apples in the air.
There were row after row of varying shades of green and red apples ready to pick including red delicious, golden delicious, fuji, gala, braeburn, honey crisp and macouns.
With so many apples weighing down the trees, several piles of loose apples surrounded the stumps, infusing into the air its own very sweet fragrance of fermenting fruit.