Saturday, September 24, 2011

Escape from D.C.: Homestead Farm

Much as I love everything this city has to offer, occasionally, I need to jettison myself away from the waters of the Potomac and find comfort under the big sky of the countryside.

I am originally from the Midwest, after all. Sometimes it's nice to see the stars at night.

Additionally, 2011 has finally steamrolled its way into fall (it's been a rough year!), and that has me in an absolute tizzy because this is my favorite season. And the confluence of those two things -- a need for a city escape and the introduction of autumn -- means only one thing for me: Homestead Farm.

I've gone to Homestead Farm to pick apples, get a pumpkin and eat various country-fied treats for the past three years running. You'll need to renew your Zipcar membership for this one (or suck up to your car-wielding friends). Homestead Farm is way out in Poolesville, Md., which is in Montgomery County.

But trust me, arduous as the journey may be, the rows and rows of jonagolds, pink ladies, macintoshes and red deliciouses make it totally worth it:

There's something distinctly satisfying about picking your own fruit. And each year, I've had so much fun traversing the farm's acreage, reaching for the tops of the trees to get that perfect apple, that by the end of the day I'm surprised by the amount of sheer exhaustion I feel.

Of course, whole apples aren't the only things Homestead has to offer. You can also visit a concession stand on site to get decadently dipped caramel apple and warm apple cider (my absolute favorite fall drink! ... wait, why are you looking at me that way? I like wholesome things sometimes, too!!!).

There are also farm animals to pet:

This cow was so cute and friendly last year.
And NOT to pet:

These chickens, on the other hand, weren't. Dicks.

And of course, what fall would be complete without a trip to the pumpkin patch?

In addition to fall being my favorite season, Halloween is my favorite holiday. By having bit of everything you need for a quality fall and Halloween right on site, Homestead Farm indulges me and makes me feel like just a kid from Ohio again for at least one day every year. It's a really good feeling.

Of course, then I get home and do something like this:

Sigh. Can't take me anywhere.


  1. Hahahaha at that Jack-O-Lantern!

    Going to the farm for apple-picking is also one of my favorite date-activities (when I've established some sort of dating relationship with her, not as a 1st-3rd date) but my go-to orchard has been Stribling Orchard in NoVa.

    I sometimes combine the farm trip with sight-seeing the mountains out there. Plus I usually buy piping hot fresh apple cake from their bakery. BUT I don't think their animals are as fun.

  2. A shout-out to my hometown! Love it! :)

  3. I'm dying to go apple-picking this fall and have been talking about it incessantly. Looks so fun!