Monday, September 2, 2013

Pick Your Own

When Riss and Zach were here we were in the city almost every day.

But being in the city every day is exhausting! It's crazy fast paced and there are people everywhere. There is so much to do and see and so many people to bump into and so. much. WALKING that by the end of the day you pretty much just crash into bed.

So one day we decided to take off in the other direction and check out a Pick Your Own farm in Jersey. There are several farms within an hour of us from which we could choose but we went with Alstede Farms for its variety of fruits and vegetables ready to pick and its proximity to where Luis trains. 

Having never been to a PYO, we weren't quite sure what to expect. I had this idea that we would go, there'd be some trees, we'd pick some apples and call it a day. 

Wow, was I wrong. There were definitely some trees that we picked some really delicious apples from. 

But there was also miles and miles of fields and trees of so many other things to pick. 

The farm was HUGE and we were a little unprepared in our sandals and shorts to go trekking through the rows of dirt in search of the perfect pepper. 

We were on a hunt for the eggplants but decided against it when we asked a man and his wife who were pulling a cart of eggplants where they found them and he stopped, let out a breath of exhaustion and said "Oh, it's a see those trees way over there? Go past them..." 

Past them? I don't think so. Maybe if we had known we would have needed all day instead of a couple of hours and maybe if the ominous clouds overhead weren't threatening to drench us at any second and maybe if we were wearing grungy clothes and tennis shoes appropriate for farm picking and not cute sandals and maybe if we had left our less-than-interested-in-picking-their-own-fruits-and-veggies hubbies at home then maybe, nay, most definitely, we would have gone over the river and through the woods to pick that perfect eggplant. But not that particular day.  

We were slightly disappointed but settled for the purple bell peppers--something neither of us had ever seen before--that we stumbled across on our way to the eggplants instead. Not quite as tasty because apparently they're best used for decoration, but still edible and fun to try anyway. 

We came away with a pretty decent loot of apples, peaches, blackberries, bell peppers and jalapenos, which were much prettier than my photography skills show right here. 

This farm also had animals. 

We saw cows, goats, ducks, bunnies and a Shetland pony. 

The PIY part of the farm costs $5 ($3 goes toward your purchase if you hang on to your coupon) plus the cost of whatever you pick. But the animals are free to pet and feed. 

So is the hand sanitizer thankfully for curious baby boys who want to touch cow noses and goat horns. 

This is a great fall activity, especially with apple season coming upon us, and one I look forward to doing again in the future, albeit much more prepared for walking lots and getting dirty.

I can't believe I just typed "fall activity", how is summer almost over already?? Happy Labor Day everyone. May this last "unofficial" day of Summer 2013 be one to remember!


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