Sunday, September 25, 2011

Welcoming the Fall Season at Parlee Farm

When I think of Fall, I think of apple picking and pumpkins.  What better way to celebrate fall than a visit to a local farm?  I took my nieces and nephew to Parlee Farm in Tyngsboro, Ma. The weather was perfect for an outing, not too hot and not too cold, in the low 80's.

We arrived and were directed into the lots by parking attendants that had to manage full parking lots.  Luckily for us, we arrived just before the Pat's game and the farm was starting to clear out with dads that were eager to home to watch the game.

It was definitely a family day at Parlee's.  The farm was full of families of all ages including infants in strollers and elderly folks with walkers.

For those who wanted to pick apples, the hayride would transport you to the abundant variety of apple orchards including honeycrisps, Macouns, and Galas just to name a few.  I thought the price was a bit steep at $25.00 for a large bag of apples.  I assume the price is to cover all the overhead costs for the free attractions that the farm offers.

The smell of freshly made cider donuts filled the air near Mary's Country Kitchen.  The line was literally out the door. There was even a sign that limited customers to only 2 bags of donuts per person.  I'm not surprised  because they have been voted "Best Cider Donuts" in last year's NECN poll.  Although I didn't get any of this visit, I've had them in the past and I vouch for them.  The small delicious bites puts me in a happy place.

Besides apple and pumpkin picking, other attractions include the Hay Play Area, Tractor Training (Kiddie Ride), Animal Barns.