The beginning of the school year and apple season go hand in hand. Visit Terhune Orchards for a fun and nutritious after school treat. The Van Kirk Road orchard is open every day for apple picking from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., weather permitting, through October.
All of the trees in the pick your own orchard are dwarf varieties which makes them easy to pick from for even the smallest of visitors. Varieties of available apples vary throughout the season. Currently, you can pick Gala, McIntosh, Jonathan, Jonamac and Crimson Crisp.
We’ve got apples for every lunchbox in the farm store. Choose from freshly picked Cortland, Honey Crisp, Ginger Gold, Gala, McIntosh, Crimson Crisp and Jonamac. They are perfect for adding to packed lunches or after school snacks. Look for the Free Apple for Kids display in the store.
Read & Pick is an innovative program for children ages preschool to 8 years. Each program includes reading two stories about topic. Staff will explain how crops grow and how to pick them. Each program costs $7 per participating child and includes picking a container of fruit or activity. The programs are on Tuesdays, with 2 separate sessions at 9:30am and 11am, and last about one hour. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Please call 609-924-2310 to register.
Sept. 12 – Read & Pick: Chickens
Sept. 26 – Read & Pick: Tractors
Oct. 3- Read & Pick: Pumpkins
While visiting the farm this fall children can interact with the barnyard animals, explore the cornstalk and hay bale mazes, find our scarecrows, snack on our freshly pressed apple cider and donuts. If the cider press is in operation during your visit, it’s a must see!
Guided tours for schools and group are available through the end of October. This program is appropriate for children 3 and up. All material is presented in an age appropriate manner. Round out the day by picking apples or pumpkins, or both! Call ahead to discuss your needs and schedule at 609-924-2310.
Back to School Apple Guide
Cortland – Somewhat flat and oval in shape, flesh firm and snow white, skin thin, excellent for salad, pies and fresh eating.
Gala – Mild sweet, juicy apple, bright yellow-red color, crisp, creamy yellow flesh. Enjoy fresh and in desserts.
Ginger Gold – Sweet but mildly tart; fine texture, crisp cream-colored flesh. Enjoy fresh, great for pies.
Honeycrisp– Juicy, honey-sweet with a touch of tart; very crisp, yellow flesh. Enjoy fresh, in applesauce and desserts.
|Jonathan – Very aromatic, mildly tart, crisp, juicy, Good for baking or fresh eating.
Jonamac– Attractive apple, thin skinned, red with green ground, peels easily. Enjoy fresh, in desserts and applesauce.
McIntosh – Medium-sized, symmetrical in shape, think-skinned, peels easily. Tender, cooks quickly, highly aromatic.