Terhune Orchards taps into ancient traditions on Saturday, February 2 with Wassailing the Apple Trees Farm Festival
Each winter Terhune Orchards follows an ancient Anglo-Saxon tradition of Wassailing the Trees. We ask you to help us make the 2019 season great by joining us on Saturday, February 2 from 1-4 p.m. for our annual Wassailing Party.
The wassailing custom began in England where many villages relied on the apple harvest. Knowing that the spring buds are on the trees in the winter, it was thought that creating a racket in winter would scare away bad spirits and ensure an excellent harvest in autumn. We follow this tradition by opening the apple orchards to visitors in winter with much fanfare and merriment to ensure a good harvest in the coming year. So far it has always worked!
Terhune Orchards owner Pam Mount always looks forward to singing and dancing at the wassailing party. “Even though it is in the dead of winter, it launches us into anticipation for the warmth of spring and apple blossoms.”
We will gather under the bare branches of trees in our orchard that are over a century old. Handsome Molly dancers dressed in traditional garb of black costumes play an important role in the festivities each year. The Kingsessing Morris Dancers will also join in the dancing with their festive bells and feathers. Everyone joins in with chanting and music making, toasts of hot cider and placing gifts of cider-soaked bread in the tree branches while chanting the lively words of praise for the New Year. Bring noisemakers— drums, whistles, bells, clackers, or put a few pebbles in an empty coffee can with a lid. These will make a joyful and worthy noise to frighten away winter’s evil spirits.
Once we are done, we feast! Gather around the bonfire to roast a marshmallow and enjoy a free cup of our hot apple cider and warm apple cider donuts. Inside the farm store you will find our classic apple desserts and fresh apples piled high.
Spice Punch, a local quartet, will return once again to perform old traditional songs and ballads in the heated wine barn. Enjoy wine tastings, cups of hot mulled wine and light fare. Toast the upcoming apple season with a glass of our Apple Wine, made with apple cider.
Wassailing the Apple Trees Farm Festival is free and open to the public. Put on your scarf and hat and come out for the afternoon to take part in the age-old wassailing festivities. For more information about the festival visit terhuneorchards.com or call (609) 924-2310.
Join us on Sundays for our Winery Music Series every week through May. Live music from 1pm-4pm. Bring family, friends and neighbors for an afternoon in the winery. Light fare available. Click here to see the music schedule.
Terhune Orchards is located at 330 Cold Soil Rd. Princeton, NJ 08540
The farm store is open daily Mon. – Fri., 9am – 6pm, Sat. and Sun. 9am – 5pm
The winery is open Fri. – Sun., 12 – 5pm