By Amanda Staab
“Get up, boys!” shouts Bonnie Terry, who
brings her three large white Percheron horses, adorned with bells and festive colors, to
Melick’s Town Farm in Califon each fall. The
horses pull wagonloads of visitors around the
farm’s 200 acres. Passing through the Melick
orchards, Terry explains what each apple is
best for, eating or baking.
“We are one of the state’s largest apple growers,”
says 10th-generation farmer Rebecca Melick. “We
never get picked out.” Pick-your-own apples typically are available through early November.
The farm (472 County Road 513; 908-832-2905,
melickstownfarm.com) also has a sprawling pumpkin
patch and a herd of goats and sheep. The farm is open
daily from 9 AM to 6 PM; horse-drawn wagon rides are
available from noon to 4 PM on fall weekends.
The Melick family has tilled the land for nearly
300 years and, with three additional locations in New
Jersey, maintains a total of 650 acres of apple and
peach trees, as well as fields of strawberries and corn.
The family’s farm stands also carry gourmet goodies
like jellies, jams, vinaigrettes and baked goods.
In Oldwick, at 19 King Street, Melick’s has 50
acres of apple orchards as well as a cider mill. Hayrides are available on fall weekends. Nearby, at 170
Oldwick Road, the farm stand carries plants, shrubs
and, for the holidays, Christmas trees. ;
PICKING & GRINNING: Rebecca Melick and her daughter, Cath- erine Bryan, 10, get ready to greet the pumpkin pickers at their Califon farm. Below: A team of Per- cheron horses hauls visitors around the farm’s 200 acres.
Tours at Whitesbog
7 WEEKENDS IN OCTOBER
Witness the annual cranberry
harvest up close as fifth-gen-eration cranberry growers Joe
Darlington and Brenda Conner
lead this three-hour tour.
You’ll learn the history of the
crop, witness modern harvest
technology and ask as many
questions as you have about
Barrens and cranberries.
9 AM and 10 AM. $35. Whitesbog
Village, 120 Whitesbog Road,
Brown Mills (609-500-1074;
7 OC TOBER 4
Modeled after Munich’s tradi-
tional Oktoberfest, this annual
celebration promises authen-
tic German cuisine, plenty of
potables, live music and danc-
ing. The festivities include a
Best Dressed contest and a
Beer Stein Holding contest,
both with special prizes.
2-9 PM. Free. Veteran’s Park, 60
Bay Avenue, Highlands
Beer enthusiasts will get a
chance to sample craft beers
from more than 30 local and
regional breweries while
enjoying live music.
1-5 PM. $30; $5 for non-drinkers.
Glassboro Marketplace, Rowan
Boulevard, Glassboro (glassboro-
Cape May Harvest
Festival Cra; &
7OC TOBER 4
Celebrate the season exploring wares displayed by
crafters and antique dealers
throughout the region. The
festival features activities and
games for children, such as
pumpkin painting and scarecrow making.
10 AM- 4 PM. Free, with charges
for some activities. Emlen
Physick Estate, 1048 Washington
Street, Cape May (capemay
Bavarian tradition holds
sway as Cape May’s Historic
Jackson Street is transformed
into a German promenade
with authentic music and
food. Visit the Beer
FALL FESTIVALS FOR ALL
Compiled by Christina Colizza, Dana Inez and Breanne McCarthy
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