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Apple Picking at Riamede Farm in Chester, New Jersey

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Since we moved out to the Roxiticus Valley from New York City’s West Village in October 2003, Rex and I have tried to find all the best “country” kid stuff for London and Maddie, particularly when it comes to having fun outdoors.  The girls weren’t very big when we first went apple picking at Riamede Farm in Chester, New Jersey… I remember Rex picking up two-year-old Maddie so she could pull a few apples from the branches of one of the trees.

Last year, London and I went apple picking with her Brownie troop and brought home enough apples to bake two beautiful pies.  I believe the apple picking badge one of the very few that are sewn, rather than stapled, onto her Brownie vest.

Riamede Farm features 34 varieties of apples ranging from traditional classics to heirloom specialities to modern favorites. Some apples are very sweet, such as Galas and Delicious. Some apples are very tart, such as the Winesaps and Greening. But every apple has its own unique taste and half the fun is to apple taste to find a new favorite. The early varieties begin to ripen during the first week of September when Riamede opens for the apple season. The rest of the varieties ripen over the course of the next six to seven weeks. Weather permitting, Riamede is often open into early November.  You can call Riamede at (908) 879-5353 for the current apple variety picking report…their telephone message will always tell you what is ripe and being picked on any day.

Riamede Farm, 122 Oakdale Road, Chester, NJ.  Phone:  (908) 879-5353.

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