Apple Picking: A Peaceful Premium

Did you catch the SNL skit on Apple Picking? Its timing couldn’t have been more perfect. For the past few weeks I’ve been bemoaning this fall tradition. It has nothing to do with the experience and everything to do with the expense. To begin, choice is everything. We get to choose what we do and how much pay for it, which I’m thankful for. But early on in parenthood I was blindsided because I failed to research and paid a considerable amount for apples, hayrides, pumpkins, and corn mazes. Listen, it was a good time. In fact, it was a lot of fun. But sometimes simple is my thing. With warmer temperatures, busy calendars, and plenty of options for fall experiences, I wanted to simplify apple picking this year. My goal was this: no entry fee, no extravagance, all the apples. Enter Ripple Hill Farm in Basking Ridge.

This past Sunday we took our girls and were happily greeted by a young farmhand who gave us a map and directions on the farm’s picking rules. From there, we strolled, with stroller in tow, and picked until our pails were full. It was fun, easy, quick, and painless. Most importantly, it was quality family time. It wasn’t overly crowded and we never crossed paths with other patrons as we picked. The girls enjoyed running through the orchard and I enjoyed watching them soak up sunshine. There was a small pumpkin patch that served us well for photo-ops and a few haystacks that the kiddos happily jumped on and crawled over. It was an affordable activity that gifted me a beautiful memory. It was also a reminder that some traditions don’t need to a cost a premium in order to provide us peace.

If you’re looking for a apple picking choice that is simple then I highly recommend Ripple Hill Farms. Bring your cash as it’s the only form of payment accepted. Kudos to them for a stroller friendly scene. Here’s to an abundance of apple crisp and the joys of fall.