The weather absolutely bright and sunny this past weekend, which was excellent for my uber long run around the city (21 miles woohoooooo) but more on that later. Sunday actually happened to be even better. With a little shine and a little chill, I decided to dress in flannel and go on an outdoor adventure.
I met up with my friend Saron at Grand Central, where tons of others were setting off for a hike or trip to the semi-local pumpkin patch. Fun fact: it’s practically like planes, trains, and automobiles to get anywhere close to a farm. But we happened to find the most reasonable destination – just a quick 75 minute trip on the Metro North to Peeksill (just short of Poughkeepsie) and supposedly accessible to plenty of taxis. Of course since we were not on our A game, they were quickly snatched up and one even refused to take us. I don’t know if it’s just my perception of transport outside of Manhattan but some of those taxis are just plain ‘ol sketchy. Others don’t even know how much to charge for various trips. Hm.
Anyways, we finagled our way to the Wilkens Fruit & Fir Farm in Yorktown Heights with plenty of time to roam the orchard, find leftover apples on the ground, and soak in the sunshine. While the leaves weren’t at their finest peeping shape, anything is more magical than the desert climate of Southern California.
Funny story behind this title. As you might imagine, the apple orchards and pumpkin patches are filled with families and couples – taking pictures and soaking up the fall weather. There were some girls sitting in the patch and yes, dressed up in flannel taking pictures. One of them said to the girl with the camera “ok, now can you just take some staged candids? Yes, so I’m going to look like I’m laughing and…” At that point I was about to burst out laughing and had to take myself away from the scene.
There was a fabulous wine tasting room that allowed you to purchase a glass for only $10 and sample four separate wines. Clutch, right? You can imagine how packed that little corner of the plot was. Another popular spot was the bakery, which had a line wrapped around the general store and massive haystack out back. Since I could easily purchase a homemade apple cider donut at the Union Square Greenmarket, I decided against waiting the 45+ minutes for treat. Instead, I picked up a jar of pumpkin butter, a jar of cherry butter, and we were ready to hit the road.
It was an excellent way to spend a Sunday. There was plenty of fresh air, a new perspective and appreciation for the outdoors, and even some time to make homemade pumpkin macaroni and cheese.
“It’s a new season. A perfect opportunity to do something new, something bold, something beautiful” – Unknown.