Each fall, Apple Ridge Orchards opens its gates and welcomes the public to traverse a farm filled with tree-ripened fruit and old-fashioned amusements. In the orchard, visitors pluck from 15 types of apple trees. Tractors pull families and groups on hayrides, traveling to the pumpkin patch where they can pick a gourd worthy of a homemade pie or a carving of Susan Sarandon's face. For fuzzier amusement, kids can pet Apple Ridge’s family of friendly farm animals, or observe honeybees in a glass observation hive.
Throughout the year, The Wright Family Farm stays busy. In the spring and summer, fresh fruit and vegetables from the seasons-long harvest is sold at their farm stand. During the fall, the farm welcomes families for a variety of activities, including pumpkin picking, hayrides, and adventures through the intricately cut corn maze. Once winter comes, the farm is a destination for picking the perfect Christmas tree, with three varieties of fresh-cut trees available alongside wreaths and garlands.
Nature's Pavilion has inspired healthful hankerings since 1961 with a cornucopia of nutritious organic and vegan foodstuffs as well as natural health and body care products. Stock up on by-the-pound breakfast fodder such as the organic raisin-bran cereal ($0.79/oz.) for a heart-healthy breakfast undisturbed by nosy toucans. Herbivores and omnivores have ample access to ground-grown goodies such as Eden canned organic black beans ($2.59) and Woodstock Farms whole pod edamame ($9.99), as well as earth-derived vegan delicacies such as Dr. Praeger's italian veggie burger ($5.09) and carrots made from real carrots. Customers who prefer their meals meaty yet ethical quell hunger with Organic Valley boneless chicken breasts ($12.99/lb.) and Boves of Vermont organic meatballs ($9.99/lb.).
A&A Fine Foods, which first opened its doors in 1992, helps customers line their pantry shelves or banquet tables with gourmet comestibles the likes of meat, bread, cookies, olive oil, cheese, and pasta. Behind gleaming display cases of hormone-free chicken and Boar's Head meats, A&A's butchers prepare homemade italian sausage and slice marbled cuts of grass-fed beef with the steady hands of a brain surgeon playing Jenga. The deli's staff can accommodate lunchtime cravings or catering requests by ladling bowls of house-made soups out of its percolating cauldrons and crafting hearty sandwiches or wraps with such ingredients as grilled eggplant and imported provolone.