Category Archives: Autumn

apple picking GaleIt’s Fall in New England and that means only one thing! It’s Apple Picking Time! Pack up your family or head out on your own and enjoy the foliage along your ride to the orchards. Be prepared for an outdoor activity and make sure you wear sturdy footwear and layered clothing, and pack sunscreen and insect repellent. Besides apple picking, a lot of the orchards have hay rides, farm animals, and farmstands. Make sure you try the Cider Donuts if your orchard offers them.

Apples are one of the easiest fruit to pick and use.  They’re big, not easily bruised, and most varieties store well. Apples can be eaten fresh, cooked, canned, frozen and made into many delicious dishes.  And apples are fat-free, low sodium, and cholesterol-free.

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Russell Orchards

143 Argilla Rd.

Ipswich, MA

978-356-5366

www.russellorchards.com

Russell Orchards has fruit picking, hayrides, farm animals, bakery, store, and a winery. The bakery is located in the farm store and you can watch the apple cider donuts being made, as they drop into the fryer and bob their way down the conveyor. Besides the donuts the store features homemade pies, candy and fudge, local cheese and produce. The kids will enjoy feeding the farm animals. There is a wine tasting bar for adults, featuring wines from farm fresh ingredients.

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Parlee Farms

95 Farwell Road

Tyngsboro MA

978-649-3854

www.Parleefarms.com

Parlee Farms has fruit picking, hayrides, farm animals, farm stand, and special things for kids. After your apple picking adventure stop by Annie’s Animal Barns to see over 70 young farm animals. Enjoy feeding and petting the animals. There is a Hay Play area where there are almost 200 large round bales that kids can walk on top of, or make jumps to the next hay bale. For kids between 42”-55” in height there is Farmer Mark’s Tractor Training Course. The kids will have fun driving the heavy duty electric tractors around the track.

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Honey Pot Hill Orchards

138 Sudbury Road

Stow MA

978-562-5666

www.honeypothill.com

Honey Pot Hill Orchards has fruit picking, hayrides, farm animals, farm store and 3 mazes. When you are finished your apple picking check out the farm animals that include goats, sheep, bunnies and baby chicks. Honey Pot has three mazes! One of the mazes is called the “Big Green Monster Maze” and is 1.5 miles in length and can take up to 1 hour to complete. It has 3,000 hedges, 6 bridges and a look out gazebo.

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Pick a nice day. Have fun. And “eat an apple a day”!

 

Gale Crop 2011 jpegAbout the Author – Gale Spadafora is one of the Broker Owners at RE/MAX Legacy and can be contacted through her website at www.galespadafora.com. She enjoys working with both Sellers and Buyers.

 

 


I love the fall! It is my favorite time of the year.  I love the cooler weather, watching the leaves dogblogturn colors, going to craft fairs, & football season. (Go Pats!)  I also love apple & pumpkin picking. In fact, apple crisp & pumpkin raisin bread are my favorite seasonal treats. I always look forward to this time of year for all of these reasons.

Fall is also when we start to prepare for the holiday season. With only 92 days left to shop, Christmas Day is just around the corner.

Before you get your pantyhose in a bunch, take a moment to breathe and try to enjoy the days ahead. Here are a few survival tips for the next couple of months:

1)   Start your Christmas shopping early.

Take advantage of the fall sales. Buy early & stash things away.  Many stores offer layaway – so you can buy now, spread out the payments, & pick up right before Christmas.

2)   Do not over extend yourself.  Make a budget & stick to it.

3)   Consider hosting a potluck gathering.This way you do not have to fuss in the kitchen & you can enjoy your guests.

4)   Take a deep breath & try to live in the momentTime passes fast so try to enjoy the good times.

Before you know it we will be ringing in 2015. Make this holiday season your best ever.

sharonAbout the author:  Sharon Potts is a Realtor at RE/MAX Legacy. She can be contacted directly through her website at www.spotts.remax-newengland.com

 


calanderSeptember First often feels like January First. You flip the calendar from August to September and suddenly it feels like a new year. Gone are the lazy days of summer and suddenly you are propelled into a hectic fall schedule.

If you have school age children, August into September can be dramatic. September is a month of adjusting back to the school schedule. No more sleeping in! Your kids need to adjust to a new teacher, new classmates, and maybe even a new school. And homework again!

If you have college age kids you need to adjust to being empty nesters again. For some parents it’s a relief after a long summer of having to deal with their independent 18-22 year olds to have them gone again. For other parents it is very hard to let them go.

The work schedule often gets busier in the fall. Monthly or weekly meetings that may have been postponed all summer long resume again in September. Many business and volunteer organizations start up again in September, having been slower during the summer months.

Doesn’t it sometimes feel that September First is really the beginning of a New Year?

Gale Crop 2011 jpegAbout the Author – Gale Spadafora’s favorite season is Summer, and every year she dreads the flipping of the calendar to September.  Gale is one of the Broker Owners at RE/MAX Legacy and can be contacted through her website at www.galespadafora.com

 


Category: Autumn, Seasonal