Autumn is here and for our family that means a few things. One important family tradition we have is apple picking and making some homemade apple pies! Each year we head to Smolak Farms in North Andover and always have a great time. This year, due to hurricane Irene and some unusual weather, our trek happened a little later in the season.
When we arrived, we were excited to see so many other families enjoying the great weather we were having that morning. Just a slight breeze, not too cool and not too warm, a perfect fall morning. The smell of those incredible Smolak Farms cinnamon donuts, just fresh out of the kitchen was unmistakable in the air, I quickly downed a ½ dozen…diets be dammed!
Next we went to the animal petting and playground area out back and were surprised to see the facilities were completely re-vamped. Now complete with a larger cleaner playground and updated petting/feeding area for the animals, Smolak farms can’t be beat for some fall family fun. Just be aware you do need to pay admission to the playground during the fall fair season.
Of course the cleanliness of the out-house facilities is always an issue for families with children, at least there appeared to be more of them. My advice is to make sure the kids don’t need them, before heading off to the farm.
On to the apple picking and as usual Smolak did not disappoint, although a lot of the trees had been picked through, there was plenty more for our enjoyment. The cost of a ½ peck (the small bag) was $20, which felt a little pricey for apples to us. But when you factor in all they had to offer, plus the experience of family fun, it was a value and well worth it!
For more information, prices, upcoming events and hours visit: Smolak Farms, North Andover MA.
Ron Carpenito– Real Estate Consultant / Owner
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