The Mount family is celebrating its 40th year at Terhune Orchards this season. Every weekend in September and October, Fall Festival Weekends at the farm are wonderful events for the whole family. Educating children about farm life is important at Terhune Orchards. Each fall, the staff decorates a barn in a new theme for young visitors to explore. For 2016 the Johnny Appleseed Adventure Barn: Man Myth, Legend and Lore is an interactive story book for children to walk through and learn about Johnny Appleseed and how he helped apples became so well loved in America. Hand-painted vignettes and life-sized figurines of John Chapman, better known as Johnny Appleseed, depict his path across the country planting apple trees, his modes of transportation and way of life, and how the apples he planted were enjoyed in the 1800s.

Every weekend there are opportunities to enjoy apples and have fun on the Mount family’s 200 acres of preserved farmlands. Children are captivated by all of the activities on the farm during festival weekends. The corn maze is a fun challenge for all ages. The barnyard is always a popular stop to visit with the animals. There are pony rides, scavenger hunts, rubber duck races, and tractor wagon rides around the farm to keep the little ones happy all day. The whole family will enjoy the daily musical guests.

After a day of fun hungry visitors will delight in apple treats galore waiting in Pam’s Food Tent. Enjoy our famous apple cider donuts, apple pies, apple muffins, and more freshly baked treats. Quench your thirst with freshly pressed apple cider or a cider slushie. Lunch options include barbecue chicken, pulled pork sandwiches, vegetarian chili, soups, and more.

Fall Family Weekends are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. On Columbus Day weekend, the Fall Festival Weekend will extend to Saturday though Monday, October 8 to 10.

The Van Kirk Road pick your own orchard is open for those who would like to pretend they are Johnny Appleseed for the day. The dwarf trees are tied onto a wire trellis and kept short so all the apples are easy to pick from the ground. Our apples are juicy, crisp and delicious — and plentiful, too! Apples at the Pick Your Own farm are sold by weight. You pay for what you pick.

Admission to all festival days is $8, ages 3 and up. Parking and access to the farm store, winery, and pick your own orchard are free.

Terhune Orchards Vineyards winery tasting room is open to adult visitors to sample our red, white, and fruit wines made with our apple cider during Fall Festival weekends from noon to 5 p.m.

Terhune Orchards is located at 330 Cold Soil Road, Princeton. Use Cold Soil Road to visit our home farm and turn on Van Kirk Road to visit our pick your own orchard. The farm store is open daily, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. The winery is open Friday to Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. Wine bottles available in farm store daily. Van Kirk pick your own orchard is open daily 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Local bands will perform during Fall Festival Weekends from noon to 4 p.m. October 1 & 2: Jersey Corn Pickers and Mark Mikos Raritan Valley Ramblers. October 8, 9, 10: Mountain Heritage, Tom & Jerry Band, and Jay Smar. October 15 & 16: Jimmy Lee Ramblers and Ocean Country Band. October 22 and 23: Magnolia St. String Band and Heavy Traffic Blue Grass Band. October 29 and 30: Jersey Corn Pickers and Growing Old Disgracefully.

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