This past Saturday I went full on basic in my Fall festivities. The day included pumpkin spice lattes, apple orchards, farmers markets, hot apple cider, pumpkin patches, and Hocus Pocus.
The day started with a couple friends and I visiting a pop-up farmers market in Georgetown. It is located in the small parking lot at the corner of Wisconsin and Grace street and had such a fabulous selection of locally-grown produce. I was especially impressed with the tomatoes, eggplants, and kale. It's a must visit for those of you in the area!
From there we drove about an hour north to Larriland Farms in Maryland. A couple of us had gone last year, but we visited too late in the season and were sadly disappointed. This year however, we hit them right at their peak and had the best time!
Larriland Farm is truly a family friendly farm with things to do for the entire family! It is possible to spend an entire long day with children, with a loved one, or just with a group of friends.
We drove past the main parking area and followed the signs to the apple area. *Note: this is a huge farm that has crops of any fruit and vegetable you can imagine, so there is more than just fall fun when it comes to produce picking.
The apples were still plentiful and we saw families carrying bags upon bags upon bags of freshly picked and delicious looking apples. I only wandered what they could possibly do with all of the apples.... I foresee a lot of pie in their future.
After doing our own apple exploring and picking we headed back towards the main parking lot, barn, and activity center. There were petting zoos, hay-mazes, farmers markets, food, and HAYRIDES. The hayrides were only $4 so we decided to embrace our inner-child and go!
It was a 20 minute hayride and was just as fun as you remember from your childhood. We weaved through the various fields and passed by characters from popular children's movies. The kids on board were so excited every time they saw a new character and it was extremely enjoyable to revert back to being a carefree child.
From there we decided to wander across the road to the pumpkin patch because neither of the girls I was with had the opportunity to frolic last weekend as I had. The pumpkin patch was huge and we saw pumpkins of all shapes and sizes. Some people were even leaving with hay-barrels full of gorgeous pumpkins!
Later that night I decided to make an apple-themed dinner for my boyfriend with all of the delicious fresh ingredients I had bought earlier. I decided on Apple/Gouda Stuffed Thyme Chicken with Roasted Sweet Potatoes and Apple Cobbler. Paired with Vodka spiked Apple Cider it was the perfect fall meal. We ate dinner and watched Hocus Pocus and I honestly could not think of a better October Saturday.