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Apple Picking and Fall Festivals in Delaware Valley

It’s a special time of year for my family. Yes it’s back to school. Yes it’s almost fall. But most of all it’s APPLE PICKING and Fall Festival season.

Each year, as a family, we pick apples. We pick very specific apples too, Honey Crisp. If you haven’t had a Honey Crisp apple you are missing the most delicious apple in the world. Their window of opportunity for picking is short and some people like to blame us for their short supply.

There have been years when we’ve brought home 40lbs of apples. It sounds like a lot but with 5 people picking at the same time the bags fill up very quickly.Apple Picking and Fall Festivals in Delaware Valley #appleseason

So each year as Labor Day approaches I scour the local orchards to see when the picking begins and make sure we’re there on opening day.

This year, just like the last 4-5 years we were at Milburn Orchards at 10am. We hoped on the tractor and got a ride right into the apple orchard to have our way with their dwarf trees. It’s one of our favorite things to do.

There are so many great orchards in the area. These orchards are the the epitome of pure family fun. There are baked goods to eat, fresh cider to drink, hay bales to climb and animals to feed. Each location has different amenities and features but you’ll never be disappointed. Whether you’re looking for Pick Your Own fruit and pumpkins or build your own scarecrows or hayrides through haunted woods you’ll find so much in the area. Apple Picking and Fall Festivals in Delaware Valley #appleseason

Milburn Orchards
1495 Appleton Rd
Elkton, MD 21921
Family owned and operated for over 100 years this farm practices modern but environmentally friendly farming. With dozens of varieties of pick your own fruits available there is something tasty to choose from Spring to Fall.Apple Picking and Fall Festivals in Delaware Valley

Filasky’s Produce
1343 Bunker Hill Rd,
Middletown, DE 19709
Not just any produce stand. If they can’t grow it they’ll share the local love by providing other local farms goods including ice cream from Woodside Creamery in Hockessin, Delaware.

Berry Good Farm
7637 Lancaster Pike
Hockessin, DE 19707
This place does one thing but they do it very very right. Being very young doesn’t stop Berry Good Farm from producing some of the juiciest and sweetest blackberries in the area that started by just an idea and has blossomed into a thriving and sustainable passion.

Fifer Orchards
1919 Allabands Mill Rd
Camden Wyoming, DE 19934
4th generation Fifer’s continue to grow a very diverse mix of high quality fresh fruits and vegetables including: asparagus, strawberries, tomatoes, blueberries, apples, peaches, nectarines, plums, heirloom varieties, apples, pumpkins and more.

Highland Orchards
1000 Marshallton-Thorndale Road
West Chester, PA 19380
With over 200 acres of growing crops, there’s always something going on the farm. Highland Orchards offer all of their crops already picked for you in their Farm Market or you can Pick Your Own out in the field.

Arasapha Farms
1835 Middletown Road
Glen Mills, PA
Family friendly from a true family farm. Arasapha Farms is home the the Ultimate Harvest Festival with pedal car racing, pumpkin golf, petting zoo and of course a maze for the the adventure types.

Linvilla Orchards
137 W. Knowlton Road
Media, PA 19063
This is where our family had their first orchard experience. With so much to do almost anytime of year Linvilla Orchards is definnitely a staple for the Delaware County area with experiences that include fishing, swimming, Christmas tree cutting, corn mazes and the wonderful Pumpkinland.Apple Picking and Fall Festivals in Delaware Valley #appleseason

Fruitwood Orchards Honey Farm
419 Elk Rd.
Monroeville, NJ 08343
Not just a fruit farm of nectarines, pears, apples and cherries this family owned business raises pollinating bees to help other farmers across the country. Oh they sell their honey too, fresh straight from the bees.

Pick one or two, visit and let me know how much fun you have.

Fried Cinnamon Sugar Apple Rings #kidsinthekitchen

This might be my proudest moment ever as a parent. Cooking with the kids has had many stumbling blocks and of course successes. One of my favorite moments was when Shae and I made our own chewy soft pretzels and the non-cooking post with the clay mini food. This week for #kidsinthekitchen Shaun stepped up to the plate and cooked these Fried Cinnamon Apple Rings just about by himself.

Fried Cinnamon Apple Rings with Glaze #kidsinthekitchen #cookingwithkids #recipe #apples

Shae and I started on our own like usual. I cut & cored the apples, Shae made the batter, cinnamon sugar and powdered sugar glaze.  We had a little assembly line going and I attempted to have her add the apples to the oil but she was scared so I stepped in for that.Fried Cinnamon Apple Rings with Glaze #kidsinthekitchen #cookingwithkids #recipe #apples

Shaun wandered in and immediately wanted to help. He took over at the stove and manned the frying stage.  I stepped to the other side of the kitchen and let him do it. He did wonderfully with very little guidance from me.  We didn’t have the Copper Crisper from New Easy so I was nervous with him being so close to a pot of hot oil but he proved himself worthy.  Shae kept saying that they were doing so good they could make these all the time. I squashed that idea and made sure they understood this was a parent supervised activity.Fried Cinnamon Apple Rings with Glaze #kidsinthekitchen #cookingwithkids #recipe #apples

Fried Cinnamon Apple Rings with Glaze #kidsinthekitchen #cookingwithkids #recipe #apples

Fried Cinnamon Apple Rings with Glaze #kidsinthekitchen #cookingwithkids #recipe #apples

Fried Cinnamon Apple Rings with Glaze #kidsinthekitchen #cookingwithkids #recipe #apples

Fried Cinnamon Apple Rings with Glaze #kidsinthekitchen #cookingwithkids #recipe #apples

Fried Cinnamon Apple Rings #kidsinthekitchen #cookingwithkids #recipe #apples

They made a great team. Shae dried the apple rings, dipped them and Shaun fried them. Great teamwork.

These tasted just like the apple cider doughnuts we get from the orchard. The apple is still a bit firm but the cinnamon and crisp batter are warm and inviting and it’s easy to eat and eat and eat.


  • 3 medium size apples, we used honey crisp but granny smith would be great
  • 1 cup plus 1 cup complete pancake mix
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 tbls sugar
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 powdered sugar
  • 2-3 tsp milk
  • canola or vegetable oil for cooking


In a large sauce pan heat oil up to 350 degrees

Slice peeled apples into 1/2 inch thick rings.  Using a small cookie cutter (or large frosting tip) remove core and seeds.

Set aside on paper towels to dry.

Mix 1 cup pancake mix & 1 cup of water till most lumps are gone, set aside.

Mix sugar and cinnamon in small bowl, set aside.

Mix powdered sugar and milk in small bowl till smooth, set aside.

When oil has come to temperature dip apple rings in remaining dry pancake mix then into prepared pancake batter. Shake excess batter off apple rings before gently dropping in oil.  I had Shaun hold 1 inch of the coated apple in the oil to set before dropping in. This helped them from sticking to each other.

As they turn a golden brown gently turn them and cook the other side. The rings should be done in 3-4 minutes.

Remove and let drain on paper towels.

Sprinkle with cinnamon sugar while they are hot. Drizzle them with glaze as you serve them.

Fried Cinnamon Apple Rings with Glaze #kidsinthekitchen #cookingwithkids #recipe #apples

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We Went To Milburn Orchard

On Sunday we were going to go to the beach but it was a little cold so we bailed and decided to stay home and go to our local Orchard.  The kids love apples so we headed over to Milburn Orchard’s to do some apple picking.  Gala was the apple of the day at the orchard so we boarded the wagon and were driven via tractor out to the apple trees.  Once we got there we were given a plastic bag told what trees were for picking and went to town.  We picked about 7 pounds of apples and all was good in the world.

After apple picking we headed across the street to the store, farm and little park and the kids, Melinda and I had a GREAT day.  

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