Ok, we are back from Boston! These photos are from last weekend, but we were on a little trip recently and quite busy, so here they are finally before Halloween. Ryan and I rented a car to get all the way out to a real live pumpkin patch where the plants are still, you know, attached and coming out of the ground (unheard of in Manhattan, I assure you).
The farm we visited had a pumpkin patch, an apple orchard, and a cider press: three things I really wanted to enjoy this October- but unfortunately we didn't realize until we got all the way out there that the orchard was charging $25 for a half bushel bag, and that was the smallest option. We definitely weren't planning on buying that many apples or spending that much money ( the rental car was enough, thanks) so that was pretty disappointing. I hadn't picked apples from an orchard since elementary school, and you couldn't access the orchard without paying for a bag.
We did, however, get to drink from fresh pressed cider and eat some apple cider donuts which are all the rage around these parts, so that was delicious and felt festive enough to lift my spirits.
The donuts and cider were really really good, and the area near the shop had a fun little area with hay bales and a spooky tunnel and an antique tractor. There was also a giant spider and halloween decorations galore, so it was a fun place to hang out. It was way more crowded than we had expected, but luckily out at the actual patch, which was a bit of a walk, we were surprisingly the only ones there.
So I guess apple picking isn't in the cards this year, but I'm glad we got to pick our own pumkpins! It's kind of ridiculous what a hassle and added expense it is to pull off an outing like this coming from Manhattan, but it was worth the lovely golden afternoon full of fresh air, farm smells, and scenery.