Falling for Fall
Warm blankets, cozy flannels, chestnut-colored riding boots- what could be better? Each October starts with the anticipation of delicious pumpkin spice lattes from Starbucks (although I’m not much of a fan) and an autumn-themed day trip. As an avid lover of Instagram and aesthetically pleasing photos, I couldn’t wait to visit Parlee Farms in Tyngsboro, MA for a day filled with friends and fall.
After the short drive to Parlee, I found myself and friends, Ang and Julia, among a mass of people all waiting in line to buy bags to fill with apples– a wait that felt like forever, but actually took about five minutes. With the purchase of the plastic bags, we were able to go for a hayride out to the field, and around to the area in which apples can be picked. Since we met with Julia’s family, we quickly put them to work as our photographers, trying to find the best lighting and least crowded area in order to get the perfect photo. Yes, we did it. No, we didn’t care about the endless jokes being made about us caring more about a picture than the apple picking itself. Being with some of Julia’s younger cousins, they enjoyed the actual picking of the produce until we were ready to join in on the fun.
As the day went on, the fresh apple cider donuts made right at Parlee Farms occupied our thoughts, as adults and children alike walked around with the plain, white bags filled with the treats. A line was created solely for those purchasing donuts and was so long that it extended out of the building, but proved to be worth it. The donuts came out steaming hot, six in each bag, and had me craving dozens more.
When Julia reminded the group that there was a sunflower field to visit, we decided to take a trip down the dirt pathway, but we were disappointed to find that the flowers were going out of season and most were not worthy of making it into a bouquet. Despite the fate of the sunflowers, the field adjacent to this was filled with growing flowers of various colors. The polaroid photo opportunities within this field were impeccable; although, we decided to finish our day with a true fall activity- pumpkin picking. With a large area to pick from, and pumpkins coming in different shades and colors, our adventure to Parlee Farms came to an end after looking over all of the options and posing with some of our favorite pumpkins. So, while you’re out relishing in the fact that it’s time for a new Instagram post, don’t forget to “fall” for fall.