I am a fervent daughter of the Pacific Northwest but even I will admit that there is nothing quite like autumn in New England. This weekend, we took advantage of the perfectly beautiful, crisp autumn weather and drove up to Connecticut. We decided to spend the morning hiking in Kent State Park, then visit sustainable farms in nearby Easton for some apples.
Kent Falls State Park – offers breathtaking scenery, foliage, creek, and hiking trails from easy to challenging. It’s also good for children and pets, and there are picnic tables and camping grounds (camping is closed for the winter season, starting October).
Silverman’s Farm (451 Sport Hill Rd Easton, CT 06612) – on fall weekends, Silverman’s offers apple picking, pumpkin patch, live bluegrass band (1:30 pm), food stands, homemade baked goods, hay ride, petting zoo, and other fun activities. Most of their pies are vegan (pumpkin and pecan are not). We had the apple pie and it is one of the most memorable pies I’ve ever had, not to mention the best apple pie. However, I would recommend bringing your own picnic lunch and eating on one of the picnic tables as the food options can be limited for vegans.
Sherwood’s Farm (355 Sport Hill Rd, Easton, CT 06612) – Smaller and quieter than Silverman’s farm, Sherwood’s also offers many of the same fun activities but with less of the crowd. This farm is also one of the oldest farms in the U.S., so don’t miss their heirloom apples, which are all more affordable than Silverman’s–and incredibly delicious. (They don’t have pies though, so spread your love and buy something different from each place!) They also have all sorts of beautiful organic vegetables, so be prepared to do some grocery shopping. Afterwards, enjoy the pumpkin patch and the fall atmosphere with happy barnyard animals relaxing in the sun.
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