Last week we met up with three homeschooling families for some fall fun. Apple and pumpkin picking is a fall rite of passage and we try to go do at least on of those every year. Getting to ride a wagon and eat apple cider donuts is just a must do!
This year we went to Johnson's Corner Farm in Medford, NJ. The offer field trips but you are limited on the amounts you can pick so we decided to do the everything on our own. We did a hay ride ($), picked apples and pumpkins ($) and brought our own lunch to eat at the picnic tables.
Hay Rides were $4 per person
Apples were $1.89 per pound and you pay for what you pick
Pumpkin's were 89c per pound and pay for what you pick
They offered a corn maze (which you have to pay for at the time you pay for the hay ride - which we didn't know and it is on the pumpkin patch), a chance to feed animals, and a play area. All of these had separate cost - which can really add up. There is a general store where you can buy food, desserts or even lunch and a ice cream stand.
I will say that this trip can add up fast. We cut cost by just doing the hay ride, picking our own and bringing lunch. If you did it all I'd say plan on a pretty big expense. My only real complaint was that the trees we were picking apples on were pretty bare. Thankfully I had my oldest son with me so he could lift the little guy up to reach the higher apples (at 33 weeks pregnant I wasn't able to do it.) We could see lanes of apples ripe for the picking but they were all roped off. One of these years I will pick a week/day where we get the first go at the trees but I have yet to do that so this seems to happen every year!
What I loved is how accommodating the staff was. We were a group of about 20 which means we could fill a wagon with just our group. The staff was willing to let us go as a group so that we wouldn't be separated which was wonderful. It was a very busy day when we went because most of the local schools were off but they still had plenty of staff on hand. Overall I'd say we had a great time.
You can check out more details at Johnson's Corner Farm's Website.
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