One of our favorite past times when we come to NJ is to go picking.... not just our noses, but the wonderful veggies and fruits that are grown here... hello, the GARDEN State? Our favorite farm by far is Terhune Orchards in Princeton. It is an organic farm, and has all of our furry friends there to boot. I have been coming here since I was a small girl, and I am passing on the tradition onto my kids.
There are two dogs, Rhubarb and Basil, the every looking for a handout of apple doughnuts twin Labrador Retrievers.
They are 16 years old this year, and every time we come back, we hope to see their smiling faces. Rhubarb, affectionately known as Rhuby, is always up for a smile, scratch and wag... she is always smiling. Her older and more serious sister Basil plays the part of the dignified and wiser older sister, as when Rhuby is busy with her peeps, Basil is busy with the treats.
We also look for Mexicali, the ever faithful looking for a rub horse. He was retired here on this farm many years ago and is pushing over 20, but we love to snuggle him and smell his horsey breathe. He lives with some sheep and they were just shorn when we were there, so they had funny haircuts and were very soft... and smelly, as Kahli wil point out.
There are also the handful of goats that are always looking for a friendly scratch and handful of corn, the guard geese, who have no problem runnig after you, hissing and beating their wings, This year there were babies, and we made sure to give them a wide bearth, as not to be eaten! We also said hello to Summer, the lop eared bunny, the chickens and many cats they have wandering around.
Terhume is part of a reserve and there are 4 acres of trails to wander around. The farm has primarily cherrry and apple treees, and in the fall, hosts many apple and pumpkin festivals. They also make apple cider all year, growing veggies in the green houses and fields, make the most delicious doughnuts, and slushy apple cider for a warm day, which is was for the first time since we have been here the day we went.
To top this all off, we also were lucky enough to be here for the strawberry and asparagus picking. Now that the girls had seen the asparagus, we just could not resist picking them and eating them raw from the earth.
The girls had never picked strawberries or asparagus, so they were very excited.
It gave us a high, digging in the dirt and communing with our furry friends.
Being close to the earth feeds our souls, and we so look forward to this each year we come back to NJ. As these experiences are new for our family, they are old for me, etched on my soul and I have great pleasure in sharing them with my family.
Amit asked where our farm should be... I wonder if they have strawberies in Croatia?