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June 19, 2012 |  Category:   life outings

We’ve been really good about planning outings on Sundays for the past several weeks. Our weekends are usually split in half with Mark working markets on Saturdays and then taking Sundays off. While a leisurely Sunday lazing about the neighborhood can be nice, the weather has been too good to stay home. If we don’t have an agenda, the day can quickly slip away from us so we’ve been aiming to leave the house around 9:30 in the morning.


Alstede Farm is about an hour and 20 minutes from where we live in Brooklyn, but worth the drive because there is enough to do there to make it worthwhile. There are lots and lots of farm animals (and a peacock!), a massive hay structure to climb on, lots of treats to eat (free ice cream for dads that day) and many different orchards and fields. From what I saw growing around me, they had strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, currants, gooseberries and apples. Pretty sure there are pumpkins in the Fall too. Sometimes farm visits can resemble carnivals, crowds and all, particularly in the fall (remember farm fail?), but last Sunday’s farm visit was pretty much perfect.

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  • Melissa@Julia's Bookbag June 19, 2012 at 1:50 pm

    I’ve been loving these farm posts Miss Jenna! I’m so glad you all had such a lovely time. Glorious pix. And extreme kudos to you for getting out and about by 9:30am. On the weekend, we are really hard pressed to get out by 11, and we’re dealing with only one kiddo! 🙂

  • Sara June 19, 2012 at 2:30 pm

    I live near Chester and we frequent the farm. While we love it, stay away from here in the fall! Talk about carnival! I also can not believe you managed to get photos without anyone else in the shot!
    Glad you enjoyed it out here! It is quite lovely over here in JERZ!

  • unha engels June 19, 2012 at 3:28 pm

    man, when did both kids get so tall and long?

  • Jenna June 19, 2012 at 3:33 pm

    @sara ha! It does look as if we have the farm all to ourselves in these photos, huh? It got more crowded as the day wore on. I can see how this farm would get crazy in the fall. I think the LI farms are much mellower so we usually do that.

  • Jane June 19, 2012 at 5:30 pm

    Hi Jenna, longtime reader! Just thought you should enter Mia and Claudine into this contest on siblings from Chronicle Books! I bet they’d win 🙂

  • Christine Witt (Brush Dance) June 19, 2012 at 6:20 pm

    Loving the peacock. It’s great that you’ve been able to have some time away each weekend. Good for you.

  • Pink Ronnie June 19, 2012 at 8:49 pm

    That peacock is magnificent!
    It’s nice to be deliberate with planning weekend outings sometimes.
    Thanks for sharing these precious family pics of yours. Summer looks like it’s truly begun.
    Ronnie xo

  • Michelle June 19, 2012 at 10:05 pm

    Alstede is a great place but STAY AWAY in the Fall. The place is a zoo! There are some other pumpkin patches that are not so crazy. And if you haven’t been, check out the Warwick Winery in the fall, in Warwick, NY. There are orchards for apple picking, great local wines to try, and usually outdoor music on the weekends.