Nothing could be a more healthy fall activity than picking (and eating!) your own fruit and vegetables — and now’s the perfect time to pack up your friends, kids, and neighbors and pick a freezerful of this season’s harvest.
1. What to pick?
From apples and pumpkins to kale and cauliflower, fall’s bounty is amazing. Here’s a sample of what you’ll find growing in our region of the country:
- Lima beans
- Pumpkins and squash
- Assorted herbs
2. How much to pick — a bushel or a peck?
Before you go and fill the back of your car with apples … or pumpkins … or beans (and your house with fruit flies), here’s a look at how much “food” your effort will yield:
- 8 apples make 3 cups of applesauce or 1 apple pie.
- 1 bushel of grapes makes 16 quarts of juice.
- 2 quarts of grapes makes 1 quart of jelly.
- 2.5 – 3 pounds of tomatoes make 1 quart canned.
- A 5-pound pumpkin will yield 4 cups of mashed, cooked pulp (enough for about 2 pies).
- A bushel is equal to approximately 8 (dry) gallons. There are 4 pecks in a bushel.
3. Where to pick?
There are many pick-your-own farms to choose from in our area, but why not choose to go organic? (It’s like winning the pickers’ trifecta: local, seasonal, and organic!) Check out these farms:
- Taylor River Side Farm
5 Taylors Lane, Cinnaminson, NJ
Just 25 minutes outside of Philadelphia on the banks of the Delaware is the Taylor family’s, 200+-year-old, beautiful, earth-friendly, sustainable, organic farm. Either pick-your-own or shop at their market and experience the Garden State at its absolute best.
- Indian Orchards
24 Copes Lane, Media, PA
Called the best kept secret in Delaware County, family-owned Indian Orchards offers already-picked or pick-your-own sustainably or organically grown fruits and vegetables.
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