Fall in New England: Pumpkins, Apples, Mums & More!

Fall in New England is a season to live for. The humidity of August is replaced by warm days and crisp nights, usually accompanied by brilliant blue skies. There is a sense of anticipation as the many universities begin and students from all over the world come to the area to study.  The anticipation is also a recognition that the beautiful days will not last forever, and inevitably winter will come.

Fall foliage is famous in this part of the country, but along with the foliage are other things that are equally beautiful and appealing. Pumpkins, apples, mums, cider, and more are all part of the season that is fall. This weekend we experienced all of this through the quintessential (I love that word!) activity of apple picking.

It doesn’t get better than apple picking in New England. The ingredients for success are a working farm with many varieties of apples, a ride on bails of hay in a tractor (aka hay ride), kids (it doesn’t matter the age – they’ll still be excited and fight), cider apple donuts and cold milk, cider, chili-dogs, and all the apples your stomach can handle during the process. Once you get home, you shine the apples until you can see light reflect off them, and bake apple crisp, crumble, bread, sauce, scones, pie, or whatever you want. I feel like Pioneer Woman – only a city pioneer woman and so proud.

Pumpkins, gourds, mums & hay created a brilliant display and photo op
Can you imagine this in your front yard? Only if you lived on a farm!
Never put up a sign like this when you know a Gardner is going to be coming. It's an open invitation....
This is where people weren't supposed to climb....

The farm we picked is located in Amesbury, Massachusetts, just a few miles from the New Hampshire border. Called Cider Hill Farm, it boasts hundreds of apple and peach trees;a country store with home made baked goods, cider donuts and jams, jellies and syrups; a large number of chickens, and plenty of room for all.

Enjoy the trip through pictures and then go online and book your plane or bus tickets and come to experience pumpkins,picking, eating and baking apples, mums and more.

Note from Blogger: No wonder I usually stick to only one or two pictures! Putting in pictures with clever captions is far more difficult than writing!

Pumpkins of all sizes for sale
The walk to the apple orchard, working off cider donuts
And the apple trees...Cortland, Macou, Macs, Gala, Honeycrisp and more
Getting the best apples takes climbing a tree!
Jonathan got the prize for getting the monster apple
This is my photography at it's best, I had to insert it twice!
Apples and blogger getting tired of trying to think of catchy captions
Making cider donuts, plain to the left, sugared to the right
Great photo op, surrounded by pumpkins, gourds and mums
Heading down the hill on the tractor, surrounded by bails of hay, with blogger writing the blog in her head

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Third Culture Kid - Grew up in Pakistan, lived and worked in Pakistan and Egypt as an adult. Moved to the United States and learning to live away from curry, Urdu, Arabic and the Pyramids.

17 thoughts on “Fall in New England: Pumpkins, Apples, Mums & More!

  1. I love the photos Marilyn. I agree with others that you do a great job with your camera! What a great family outing you captured. I wonder if your brother (Stan) might consider New England-izing his orchards… (or not)… xoxo


  2. Superb colours Marilyn! Lucky lucky you!
    Hopefully I will be able to witness my own real autumn this year and will be able to share it online. But there won’t be any apples or pumpkins or mums in it But no autumn pictures can be as glorious as these. I have seen a lot of pumpkin pics before, but none with the added colours of mums. Makes great compositions. I think you should do more photography as you have really caught not just the place but also its spirit.
    Would be a shame not to take more pictures as there is so much of your world you can share


  3. reminds me of our one new england year in connecticut — 1989…taking all these students from beijing to an orchard…so fun! we don’t have apple orchards here…should i write a blog about our great mangos & pomegranates?


    1. So fun Marty! I remember taking a group of international students apple picking one time. So fun – totally new. So about the blog on mangoes and pomegranates, I’ll be waiting! Would love to publish on as a blog post.


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