It’s that time of year again… school back in session, cool blue skies contrasted with changing leaves, and that crunch of foliage underfoot. Not to be missed… apple picking. We’ve gone every year since my oldest was a toddler, but one of my best apple picking memories is actually from when as a child. I once went with a friend and her family, and I still remember the hayride, the cider, and the donut.

Meadowbrook Farms in Wappingers Falls is one of our favorite orchards. Although there are other great ones nearby that we also return to again and again, there is something quaint and familiar about the small, cozy orchard on the hill. Each year we make a late-September visit there, and leave full of spicy cider and applecious memories.


One of the fun aspects of Meadowbrook is not just their orchard, but the variety of animals on the farm, and photo opportunities. One of our traditions is the picture with the scarecrow (to see how much the girls have grown!), a photo full of pumpkins, and silly ones amongst the rows of apples.


Afterwards, we stop in the farm shop to stock up on homegrown produce, like lots of zucchini, and snap a picture of the scarecrow who perennially falls out of the barn window. No matter where you live or which orchard you chose, don’t miss out on this fun family memory.

Falling Man