The colorful array of fruits and vegetables being harvested now mimics the shades of red, orange, green, and gold of the fall foliage. Autumn is the favorite time of year at family owned farm, Terhune Orchards. In 1975, after returning from several years in the Peace Corps, Gary and Pam Mount settled down to farm 55 acres of apples, peaches, and pears. “At that time nobody was buying farms in New Jersey,” Pam recalls.
This year they are celebrating their 40th year of farming in Central New Jersey. The farm has evolved to include more than 40 crops on 200 acres. The Mounts’ daughters, Tannwen and Reuwai, and their husbands also work on the farm. Tannwen guided the creation of the Terhune Orchards Winery, and Reuwai focuses on organic farming and water conservation. Throughout the fall, visitors can learn more about the sustainable, earth-friendly farming techniques used here.
“The Mount Family has always felt that stewardship of our land is our number one priority. The idea of earth-friendly family is about taking care of the earth, the air, and the water,” said Pam Mount.
Every weekend through November 1, Terhune Orchards hosts Fall Festival Weekends that celebrate the best the harvest season has to offer. Families can interact with the exhibits in the big red Adventure Barn. The barnyard will be full of activities for children — pony rides, a new rubber duck race, and, of course, all of the animals to get close to for a visit. A scavenger hunt leads visitors all over the farm looking for clues. There are plenty of pumpkins, apples, fall gourds, and colorful mums here to have a fall adventure.
The pick-your-own apple orchard is open daily. In the farm store, apples baskets are piled high since the farm grows 35 kinds of apples. Stop by throughout the season to try them all. The store has apples that are great for packing in healthy lunches and using in your family’s favorite recipes. It is hard to beat a homemade apple pie or your own applesauce. Terhune Orchars also stocks pies, desserts, and caramel apples that are perfect to share during autumn meals. The refrigerated case is always full of our freshly pressed apple cider and potpies, ravioli, salsas, and soups that will help you get dinner on the table with ease. The farm store also carries fruit jams, honey, and salad dressings.
The winery tasting room is open every weekend. Grapes are grown in Terhune’s own vineyard for 12 award-winning white, red, and fruit wines made with Terhune’s own apples.
Admission to all festival days is $5, ages 3 and up. Parking and access to the farm store and winery is free. For event details visit terhuneorchards.com.
Terhune Orchards, 330 Cold Soil Road, Princeton. 609-924-2310. www.terhuneorchards.com Open daily, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Winery and Tasting Room, open Friday through Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.
Pick-Your-Own Apple Orchard, 13 Van Kirk Road, Princeton. Open daily, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
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