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Published on October 1st, 2011 | by Catherine Magner


It’s Apple Picking Season!

Apple Picking
This is my favorite time of year. Who doesn’t love hot apple cider, pumpkin carving, Halloween decorations and of course, apple picking!

This past weekend, my family and I went apple picking at Battleview Orchards in Freehold, NJ. The weather was perfect, the cider so tasty, and the apples crisp and sweet, just like we like them.

Apple picking is a great way to start off the fall season. It is a wonderful event for the family that pleases both children and adults and a great way to play outdoors before the weather turns cold. As an added bonus, you get to climb trees! Not to mention most of the farms have quaint little stores full of Halloween decorations, baked goods like pies and cider, donuts, and lots of apple cider. Some of them will also carry mums and local fruits and vegetables that are still in season.

So, grab the family, pack a lunch and enjoy a nice day at a local farm or orchard!

The best way to find a pick-your-own farm near you is to check out Not only do they list what is in season and the farms in your area, but you can find pumpkin patches, corn mazes, fruit festivals, Christmas tree farms, and more.

Now, if you worry about pesticides on your apples, like I do, you might be able to find an organic orchard in your area. There is no guarantee that they have organic apples, but if the farm has incorporated organic methods for some of their crops, that is a good sign that they care about the environment and probably use  spray as little as possible on the rest of their crops. Don’t be shy about politely asking the farmer. The good ones love to talk about their farms.

Unfortunately, near me in New Jersey, an organic apple orchard is hard to find. But, I still go apple picking, because I think it is important to support local farmers and to teach our children how food grows and about sustainable living. And slowly but surely, more farms are turning to organic methods, so the change is happening.

I hope you get a chance to get out there and enjoy the bounty of nature. Let us know about your fall season adventures!

Image Credit: photo by Catherine Magner

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About the Author

In a nutshell, I am a "real foods" foodie. My passion is teaching others about real food wellness, through writing and Nutrition Counseling. I live and work in New Jersey, as a single mother to my beautiful son. In my past life, I ran an Advertising Creative Studio in NYC, burned out and found my passion in the health and wellness field. I have a Bachelor's degree in Economics from Villanova University and am certified as a Nutrition Counselor to help others on their journeys to a healthier lifestyle. In my spare time, I love to spend time with my son, healthify recipes, garden, practice yoga, play tennis and jog around town.

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