The kids had a half day at school last week so we took advantage of the beautiful fall weather and went over to Smolak Farms in North Andover to go apple picking.
We’ve been here in previous years, and its always been packed with families getting their fresh apples and pumpkins.  However this is the first year we went on a weekday and it was perfect!
There were no lines, lots of parking, and plenty of room for the kids to run!  In past years we’ve also had to use the “Standard Orchard” which is located across the street and a bit of a walk down the side road.  I personally didn’t care for that orchard because I felt like I was apple picking surrounded by houses.  This time we got to use the “Bridle Path Orchard” which is located down the dirt road behind the big white farm house.  I loved this location.  I felt like I was on a farm, and I could let the kids run to the apple trees in excitement, without worrying about cars.
We got two 1 peck bags for $20 each, seems pricey but that’s the going rate at all the local apple orchards.
The trees were all full and the apples where fresh and juicy!  The kids had so much fun running between the trees, so we ended up filling the bags with a complete variety of apple types.

On the weekends Smolak Farms has inflatables, a hay pyramid, and wagon rides for $6-$10 a child.  We missed this by going during the week.  However we still got to enjoy the fun playground area for free and feed the animals.
Before leaving we had to stop in the Bakery and grab some yummy cider donuts and fresh apple cider! Yummy! This is the best part of the fall season!
Also Thanks to Little Passports, I now have a new recipe to try! 
I never thought of make apple cider myself, but I’m excited to try and also to share the recipe with everyone!

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