Shady Brook Farm is one of Bucks County’s best places to pick your own apples! About twelve years ago Farmer Paul wanted to bring the apple picking experience to his customers so he planted an orchard. It takes at least four years before trees yield a picking harvest, but all of Paul’s patience, careful growing and pruning is paying off.
Shady Brook now has about six acres of many varieties of apples including: Honey Crisp, Crimson Crisp, Daybreak Fuji, Aztec Fuji, Shizuka, Cameo, Snapp Stayman, Enterprise, Gala, Golden Delicious, Cortland, Red Jonaprince and Jonagold. Each of these apples has a different texture, flavor profile and best use for baking, cooking or just plain eating! They all ripen at different times throughout the season, with Gala apples ready for picking as early as late August.
When one variety ends another is ready for harvest, allowing guests to pick apples from about the beginning of September through October. Wagon rides transport pickers to the orchard where they can load up on crisp, juicy deliciousness. During Shady Brook’s Fall Fest event, guests can also enjoy all of the activities in the Festival Field when they come to pick, making the farm the perfect place to enjoy the fall harvest.
Wondering what to do with all of those apples once they’ve been picked? Try this super easy Honey Crisp Apple Crisp recipe courtesy of homeandplate.com
4 large honeycrisp apples, peeled and sliced into cubes
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 cup water
1 cup sugar
3/4 cup flour
1/2 cup old-fashioned oats
1/2 cup butter, melted
- Peel, core and chop the honeycrisp apples into 1-inch cubes
- Place the apples, cinnamon and water in a bowl and toss
- Place the apples into a prepared 11 x 2 inch pan
- In a small bowl combine the sugar, flour, oats and melted butter and mix until crumbly and well blended
- Sprinkle the mixture evenly over the apples
- Place the pan in a preheated 350° oven and bake for 45 minutes, until the crust is golden brown