(This post is the first in a series from a new guest blogger, Adrienne, who also resides in New Hampshire with her family.)
Fall in New Hampshire is delightful, and there’s nothing better than spending a beautiful, crisp, sunny day picking apples as a family. I recently took my two young daughters to Apple Annie’s in Brentwood, NH and truly appreciated a perfect day together.
Apple Annie’s caters to families, with a lovely, well-kept orchard full of low-spray apples, perfect for picking. Branches are low enough that even my three-year-old could easily reach the ripe, juicy apples, and both of my girls delighted in filling up their (reasonably priced) bags.
The kids were invited to sample the orchard’s homemade cider, which was a big hit. They had a great time visiting with the resident animals, including chickens and Spirit the dog. And they enjoyed running around the ample fields, playing tag and looking out for dragonflies. They even found a little toad in the orchards, which they thought was very exciting.
We brought a picnic lunch and enjoyed sitting out in the fresh air, looking at the gorgeous scenery. As a special treat, I bought the girls some homemade cookies, made onsite. Two large cookies were inexpensive – only $1 for both.
Apple Annie’s also offers already-picked apples at very competitive prices. (I’ve paid more than double for apples at other local farms.) While other orchards might have more apple varieties, Apple Annie’s features some of our favorites, including McIntosh, Cortland, Liberty, Macoun, Empire, Red Delicious and Wagener.
Their farm stand also offers fall vegetables, jams and jellies (from their own produce) and a variety of baked goods. Nearly everything they sell in the store is made onsite, as much as possible from their own produce.
The staff doesn’t use toxic chemicals or pesticides, so I felt good about serving their produce to my family.
My five-year-old said it best: the best part of the day was biting into the “perfect red apple” that she picked herself.
Apple Annie’s is open daily from 9 am – 6 pm. For more information, call 603/778-8881.