With summer coming to a close and fall starting up soon, it’s apple-picking season. Pumpkin spice is nice, but apples are so much more diverse! Pies. Fritters. Cobbler. Crisp. Straight up. Any way you serve them up, apples bring a smile to everyone’s face. You can even drink your apples. After all, who doesn’t love a nice warm cup of cider on a cool autumn day in New Jersey? Bird Haven Farm hosts their annual Apples and Orchards Cider Party in less than two weeks. It’s one of the tastiest events in the Basking Ridge area, too.
What: Apples & Orchards Cider Party
Where: Bird Haven Farm (38 Hollow Brook Rd, Pottersville)
When: Saturday, September 14th, 3 pm to 5 pm
Contact: Garden Conservancy’s Open Days (888) 842-2442 or via email
Apples and Orchards Cider Party
Located a short 20-minute drive east of Basking Ridge in Pottersville, Bird Haven Farm features well-preserved 19th-century buildings alongside a more modern house and guest house. Herb, vegetable, and flower gardens dot the landscape. Near the heirloom apple and other fruit trees in the orchard, take a stroll along the wandering woodland walkway to the peaceful ponds. The entire grounds truly engage all of your senses while you’re there.
For one day this season, Bird Haven Farm hosts their apple cider party. From 3 pm to 5 pm on September 14th, the owners of the farm (Janet Mavec and Wayne Nordberg) invite you to learn how to care for your own apple trees at home, including where to place them, what helps them grow, and proper pruning techniques to keep them healthy. Then, pick some apples and use the apple press to create your very own cider. All of this falls under the watchful eye of master cider maker Steve Zaikowski.
Space is limited for this very special event. Organizers request that you register ahead of time to reserve your spot. For Garden Conservancy members, you pay just $30 per person. Non-members must pay $40 each. The rest of the farm stays open from 10 am to 4 pm. Your cider party fee includes admission to the rest of what the farm has to offer. So, feel free to come a little early and explore the site.
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