What could be better than a family activity that involves activity, fun, food and laughter? If that is what you are looking for this Fall, look no further than Shaw’s Orchards.
This past weekend on a crisp Saturday morning, we loaded up the children to take a quick drive up to the Maryland/Pennsylvania line to visit Shaw’s Orchards. Upon arriving we escorted the children up to the farm store and were immediately welcomed by several members of staff. They offered the our family a sample of apple cider, which we did not turn down. It was just the thing to start our apple adventure.
The orchard charges $5 per person over the age of 2 years. This cost is taken off your total purchase. Apples harvested cost $.50 per pound. Could not have beaten that price at the grocery store. We all received our apple stickers and directed to the loading area.
Our wait was no longer than one minute, before the tractor and seating trailer pulled up to take us on our adventure. The children loved the tractor and were so excited to see the corn field along the way. The children were also excited to see orange pumpkins growing in the field in the distance.
When the tractor stopped the driver asked how many people were interested in picking Golden Delicious apples. Everyone cheered and he let everyone know which rows of Golden Delicious were the best for picking.
He promised to return in 15 minutes to collect everyone and shuttle them to the Red Delicious apples made, he was off! But so were we off! The children, ages almost 2 and 4 were eager and excited. We took several pictures of our family fun. Practiced some counting and picked some gorgeous apples. Our 4 year old stopped about 10 minutes into picking and said, “I love this guys, apple picking is fun!”
When the tractor arrived back on time, the driver asked who was ready to get back onto the trailer and we climbed on board. He drove us over to the Red Delicious apples which looked stunning against the deep green foliage. Our 4 year old deemed it unnecessary to get red apples because everyone knows that green apples are the best. Others got off the trailer and eagerly departed to continue picking.
As we arrived back to the farm store we were again cheerfully greeted and we eagerly looked around the store. They generously gave our 4 year old more apple cider for all his hard work picking the apples. We purchased some Jonomacs that had been harvested earlier in the week and available for sale only at the farm store.
The store had a variety of syrups, pumpkins, gourds, and jams/perserves. We purchased some blueberry syrup and apple cider. We also were tempted by the farms variety of fall mums.
The Shaw family has deep roots reaching back seven generations. The family farm began in 1841. The family home was build in 1860 and it is still home to the family, 10 feet north of the Mason Dixon Line. Charles’ grandson, Russell Shaw, planted the first commercial fruit trees in 1909.
Shaw Orchards has become more diverse in recent years, offering the latest and most exciting varieties of apples and peaches. For example, they were the first orchard in the area to offer Cameo, a new apple featured in the New York Times article in 2000. In addition to high quality fruit, they also offer a full line of custom-made jams, jellies, salad dressings, and dessert mixes.
The experience was amazing, the staff helpful and welcoming and apples delicious! This is a must experience for all families!