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You usually suggest some interesting autumn day trips. Any new ideas this year for a day trip in this beautiful weather?

picking-applesI would be happy to recommend some beautiful and fun places to visit with the wonderful cause of supporting local farms. This year more than ever, we believe it is important to support our local farmers who have experienced many challenges given the drought conditions. Like Jaffarian Volvo Toyota, an independent, family-owned dealership for four generations, most farms in the area are family-owned, independent businesses. What better place to buy fresh apples, baked goods, vegetables, and pumpkins, than a local farm?

For fun things to do for the family close to home:

Smolak Farms at 315 So. Bradford St. in North Andover pumpkins(http://www.smolakfarms.com/news-events) offers so many activities geared toward children—apple-picking, corn maze, pumpkin patch, ice cream, American Girl Parties, hay rides, Halloween treats, pies and candy apples and more so much more!

Roger’s Spring Hill Garden and Farm Center (http://rogersspringhill.com) at 1269 Boston Road, Bradford, Mass. Has been a family favorite for 25 years. They offer pick your own apples and pumpkins, school tours, hay rides and a gift shop. Check their web site for special events.

Cider Hill Farm (http://www.ciderhill.com) at 45 Fern Avenue in Amesbury has the best cider—both hot or cold! You can pick your own apples, visit the bakery, greenhouse and farm store. They offer hay rides, fresh popped kettle corn, cider donuts and caramel apples. The farm store offers meat, maple products, local dairy products and vegetables.

mann-orchards-logoMann Orchards (http://www.mannorchards.com) at 27 Pleasant Valley Street in Methuen by The Loop is by far my favorite place for cider and pies. They are the most popular in the area for Thanksgiving pies in various fruit flavors! They have a wonderful bakery and great sandwiches in addition to gift baskets. They offer farm to table salads, sandwiches and soups. What a treat-the aroma of apples fills their showroom!

tendercropfarms_homeimageTendercrop Farm at 108 High St. on Rt. 1A (http://www.tendercropfarm.com) at the Newburyport-Newbury line has a wonderful market with their own fruits and vegetables, meats, soups, cheeses and gourmet, prepared foods and bakery items, in addition to a wonderful gift shop full of home décor and locally grown dried flowers. You can pick your own apples.

ingaldsbyIngaldsby Farm on 14 Washington St. in Boxford, offers pick-your-own apples on weekends, pies, fresh cut flowers, pumpkins, vegetables and fruits. There are small farms animals roaming around too!

Parlee Farms (http://parleefarms.com) in Tyngsborough offers pick-your-own berries, peaches, apples, pumpkins and flowers from spring through fall. They also have hayrides and visit Mary’s Country Kitchen and Bakery.

Nashoba Valley Winery and Orchard (http://nashobawinery.com) in Bolton, Mass., offers a corn maze, food truck event, apple picking, music, wine tasting, a restaurant and function rooms with loads of special events this autumn.

Close-by in New Hampshire:
Applecrest Farms (http://applecrest.com) in Hampton Falls, N.H. is the oldest apple-picking farm in the nation and celebrating their 103rd anniversary. There is also a farm-to-table bistro. Like us, they are a four-generation family business.

macksMack’s Apples at 230 Mammoth Road in Londonderry is easy to find off Route 93 for apple picking and pumpkins galore!

Please check out this NECN article on “Where to Go Apple Picking in New England?” listing too many farms to name in various parts of the state and throughout New England at:

A great sign of Fall is the arrival of fairs and festivals. The Topsfield Fair is a great event to enjoy the season with its exhibits, rides, shows and special events! It starts tomorrow and runs through October 10th. There are so many beautiful places to visit locally as you enjoy Fall in New England. Whether you head to the Cape, Western Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont or Rhode Island, buy local and support local. And of course, make sure your vehicle is serviced so you enjoy your drive and are safe and sound.

Before you head out on a road trip, you may want to get your vehicle serviced so there is no chance of a break-down, or to get an oil change to keep your vehicle under warranty terms. Jaffarian Volvo Toyota’s Service Department is open six days a week for your convenience. You can schedule your appointment 24/7 using our online scheduler or call 888-355-1041.

Be sure to take great photos to share your Fall outings! Share them with us on our Jaffarian Facebook page and add other local farms that you have visited! If email is easier, email us a photo to AskGaryJ@gmail.com Perhaps you can even include your vehicle in the photo! Set your GPS and go! Enjoy the drive in this beautiful weather as well as time with your family in a meaningful way!

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