Take a Family Trip to the Local Farm

Package for Cider Donuts
Package for Cider Donuts | Source

I find relief in knowing that any day of the week I can quickly pack up the kids and head off to a great day full of activity. It may sound sad, but when I tell the kids, “We are going to the farm today,” they respond with, “Are we getting donuts?” We have found a great place to eat, do several activities, and learn all at the same time: Terhune Orchards.


This farm is actually an orchard, farm, and winery. Most of the activities offered at Terhune Orchards are free. For example, I can take a canning class for free or learn about wine making for free. All you have to do is sign up in advance.

Terhune Orchards & Winery

5 stars for Terhune Orchards

What is Most Popular?

While Terhune Orchards offers a lot, there are some things that people will drive there specifically for:


  1. Pick Your Own: Next to Festivals, this is one of the most popular activities, but it is based on a fee. Often picking is combined with a story on special days.
  2. Donuts: Terhune Orchards is known first and foremost for their donuts. Three types are offered: plain apple cider, apple cider coated with cinnamon and sugar, and the donut hole version of the apple cider with cinnamon and sugar coating. These are literally to die for. My personal favorite are the donut holes, but my husband likes the plain (and is quickly migrating to the sugary version), and the kids like any kind they can get.
  3. Apple Cider: This is made fresh from the apples from their orchards.The cider is used in many of their other products like the wine and the donuts.

Acorn squash
Acorn squash | Source
Lettuces in my window sill
Lettuces in my window sill | Source

What the Farm Store Offers

There are myriad choices of produce like apples, but it does not end there. Here is a short, general list of what is available:

  • Plants
  • Flowers
  • Fresh produce
  • Baked items
  • Wine from their winery (10 selections available)

Packet from preserving class
Packet from preserving class | Source

Group Activities Offered

  1. Guided Farm Tours
  2. Farm Classes
  3. Farm Walking Trail
  4. Read & Pick Program
  5. Summer Camp
  6. School Trips
  7. Corporate and Special Group Events

Apples
Apples | Source

Some Activities Just For Kids (All Free)

  • Clubhouse: This is used when parents want to take a class like canning. The kids can occupy themselves in the clubhouse.
  • Barnyard of Animals: This is both a literal barnyard and a mix of free roaming animals and animals in places like chicken coups. Animals include sheep, goats, donkey, horses, ducks, geese, chickens, and cats.
  • Playground: This is right by the animals. There are stationary tractors to ride on, a wooden activity set complete with a slide, and a play house.
  • Biking Area: Provides several types of bikes for kids to ride in a packed dirt area.
  • Feed the Animals: For ten cents you can get a handful of corn to feed to the sheep, ducks, and whoever else comes over. Yes, this has a "cost," but most parents just let their kids pick up any corn kernels that dropped to the ground and were not claimed.
  • Free Apples: Kids are allowed to get one apple per visit for free.

Pick Your Own Schedule
Pick Your Own Schedule | Source

Downsides

This section is not meant to be critical, but rather informative so you can be prepared if you choose to go. Above all else, since these things are being offered for free, you really cannot complain.

  • No picnics are allowed. However, there are picnic tables for eating things you buy or bring to the farm. But you cannot just roll out a blanket and pull out your picnic basket to eat on the ground. It is a real, working farm with tractors and all driving by.
  • It can be extremely crowded on pick-your-own days or big events. One year we had to park in a designated business parking lot a couple miles away and then be bused back to the farm. When you are dealing with kids, this can be cumbersome.
  • I have to wait until at least 10am to get donut holes. And they are only offered at the farm and not any of the farmers markets that supply to.
  • Most of the bikes in the bike area are broken in some way. This can be really frustrating for kids and parents as we play musical chairs trying to first find a bike that is the right size and then find out the steering wheel does not work or the pedal is broken, or it is too heavy for the child to motor around.
  • No dogs allowed. This does not bother me because I do not have one. But it is a word to the wise. I have seen plenty of dogs left in the car because of this.

Free Recipes They Offer

Garden Special recipe
Garden Special recipe | Source
Peach pie & Peach salsa recipes
Peach pie & Peach salsa recipes | Source
Three apple based recipes
Three apple based recipes | Source

Bonuses

As if Terhune Orchards did not offer enough already, the gifts just keep on coming.

  • Their website offers plenty of recipes for free. These recipes can also be obtained in print form from the Farm Store.
  • Wagon and Pony Rides are available during festivals and birthday parties.
  • At the end of certain seasons, you can get really good deals on potted plants and flowers. I was able to stock up on tomato plants and herbs for my home apothecary for a steal.
  • There are two special populations that the farm serves in addition to the general public. Terhune Orchards accepts WIC (Women, Infants and Children) and Senior FMNP (Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program) coupons. To learn more about these programs, please click here.

Terhune Orchards

A markerTerhune Orchards & Winery -
330 Cold Soil Rd, Princeton, NJ 08540, USA
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Location, Location, Location

Besides their main location, Terhune Orchards also offers their products at three satellite locations:

  1. Trenton Farmers Market (All Year)
  2. West Windsor Farmers Market (Summer Only; Saturdays 9am-1pm)
  3. Princeton Farmers Market (Summer Only; Thursdays 11am-4pm)

Basically everything they offer produce and bakery wise is available at these other locations. However, as mentioned above, the donut holes are not.

The hours of operation for the main location are:

  • Monday-Friday: 9am-6pm
  • Saturday & Sunday: 9am-5pm

Old MacDonald Had a Farm

What To Do During the Drive There

If you are looking for a way to not only entertain but also prepare your kids during and for the trip, try a nice sing-a-long! Pop in a CD or use Pandora to provide the music. Or, if you have neither, go ahead and sing a capella.

Stephanie Bradberry Crosby
Stephanie Bradberry Crosby | Source

About The Author

Stephanie Bradberry Crosby is first and foremost an educator and life-long learner. Her present work is as an herbalist, naturopath, and Reiki Master. She spent over a decade as a professor of English, Literature, and Education and high school English teacher. She is a doctoral candidate in Education: Curriculum and Teaching. She runs her own home-based business, Naturally Fit & Well, LLC, which includes her all-natural, handmade, and customizable product line, Natural Herbal Blends. Stephanie loves being a freelance writer and editor on the side.

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teaches12345 4 years ago

Great review on this farm experience. I would love to visit some day. I would enjoy a donut and apple cider while visiting. The downs listed are not a problem for me. Thanks for the highlights of this tour.


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StephanieBCrosby 4 years ago from New Jersey Author

It really is a great place to go. And the donuts are very addictive. I love seeing what is in season and what I can try that is new in terms of produce. For example, a few weeks ago they introduced me to the suncrisp apple, very similar to a honeycrisp. My kids ate them all within about 2 hours of arriving home, and that was after the free apple they gave us. So, we went back the next day to get more.


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billybuc 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

I have to tell you, I love your smile in your profile picture. You just look like a happy person. :) Now, regarding this farm, what a great place to visit. I wish we had one here....we have several that are open to the public but they are not hands on like the one you mentioned. Great fun!


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StephanieBCrosby 3 years ago from New Jersey Author

Hi billybuc. Thanks so much for the compliments. I sure hope I can be described as a happy person.

Did I ever mention that I grew up in Tacoma, WA. I miss it so much. But at least I got almost a decade in out there.

The farm is awesome. I can't wait for the weather to be a little nicer out here to start taking the kids again. I am not a cold weather person and a snow storm is a-coming. Thanks for taking time to read. I look forward to another awesome hub by you!


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Vinaya Ghimire 3 years ago from Nepal

We have a farm. During the festivals my family gather in the farm. Life is a farm is really wonderful.


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StephanieBCrosby 3 years ago from New Jersey Author

Hi Vinaya Ghimire.

Farms are great to have around, I agree.


Linda Myshrall 3 years ago

I grew up on a farm - it sounds so much better when you describe it! ; ) Loved this post! Linda


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StephanieBCrosby 3 years ago from New Jersey Author

Hi Linda Myshrall,

I don't know. Maybe if I grew up on a farm too I might not have the same outlook. But I do love everything about a farm. I would love to move to a place where I can amass all types of pets and animals and grow a lot of my own food and of course herbs for my business. But for now my cat and the wild animals like the deer, occasional foxes, birds, etc. that stop by will have to do. But I am certainly beefing up my garden again this year.


Linda Myshrall 3 years ago

Hi Stephanie, hope you will be publishing posts about your garden this year - I will be looking forward to them!


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StephanieBCrosby 3 years ago from New Jersey Author

I do write hubs and post pictures of plants that I used from my garden. But not as frequently as I would like. But hopefully I will have the chance this summer. I just have to stay strong and not fall into my pattern of adding a lot to my plate :) Easier said than done.


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Careermommy 3 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

Stephanie, this is an awesome idea. I'll have to do my research and see if they have something like this in my neck of the woods of Southern Cali. My kids would absolutely love this. I don't think we've been to a farm together, a petting zoo, but nothing to this extent. Thank you for sharing.


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StephanieBCrosby 3 years ago from New Jersey Author

Hi Careermommy,

Thanks for reading and commenting. It is interesting that you are commenting on this article because I am planning on taking the kids to the farm today. The weather is finally clearing up some here on the east coast. I think most kids love outings like this. There is nothing like a duck or other animal that is friendly and comes right up to eat out of your hand. Of course you always have to teach them that not animals are like this and safety and caution are always necessary.


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ziyena 2 years ago from Southern Colorado

I miss the old days when families were really families! Now days things are so different ... when I look at the people sitting around me in a restaraunt ... there is no communication, instead they are all lost on their Iphones with no interaction. It's wonderful that your family had this opportunity! Great hub and keep up the awesome work ... cheers :)


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StephanieBCrosby 2 years ago from New Jersey Author

I agree. I often find it amusing that people "go out" just to ignore one another more than ever.

Thanks for reading! And thanks for the compliment :)


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Lady Guinevere 2 years ago from West Virginia

We have a couple of farms here that have markets on their farms. The one that we visit often is ORRS Farm Market. It is a pick your own and fresh bakery and you can also buy already picked fruits. They also have their famous and delicious, mouthwatering Apple Cider donuts. In teh fall I just cannot leave there without getting a bag of them. They also have rides to and from their orchards and other sections to pick your own. I do not have little children, but if I had I would take them every Saturday morning to pick your own. My favorite is the Strawberries in the early summer and the Blackberries in the late summer. In the winter I cannot go without apples and they have several varieties on the farm.


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StephanieBCrosby 2 years ago from New Jersey Author

Hi Lady Guinevere,

Your ORRS Farm Market sounds very similar to my Terhune Orchards. They have something going about just about every weekend. And their Pick Your Own program is super popular. MY kids love seeing all the animals. For example they have an albino peacock.

Thanks for reading and commenting!


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RonElFran 2 years ago from Mechanicsburg, PA

The idea of taking kids to visit a farm never occurred to me before. I don't know if there are farms in my area that allow visits, but it's a great idea.


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StephanieBCrosby 2 years ago from New Jersey Author

Hi RonElFran,

I am sure there are plenty of farms of this type around you. I believe PA has much more open, green space than NJ. Happy hunting!

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