PORT MURRAY, NJ -- A good time was had by all at the Apple Festival hosted by Treelicious Orchards this October. An annual event, the festival is a benefit for The Ben Samuels Children's Center for Inclusive Early Care and Education at Montclair State University.

Visitors picked their own apples at the peak of perfection, with six different varieties to choose from. The event also featured music and food, including hand-pressed cider and the orchard's own celebrated baked goods. Lunch was served from the grill, with hot dogs and hamburgers, featuring trimmings straight from the farm.

“It’s so much fun,” said staff member Eva Aguilar. “I feel like a little girl, just going through the trees, picking apples.”

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This year, vendors were also on hand for the first time, with items such as imported spices, home decor and beauty products.

Treelicious Orchards is a 130-acre farm, featuring not only apples, but many other varieties of fruits and vegetables. They offer pick-your-own days throughout the growing season, and also host events such as monthly farm-to-table dinners.

“What we love most is walking around our orchard and seeing the beautiful hillside,” said Ginger Kesler, a partner at Treelicious Orchards. “It’s a way to share it with other families and friends of ours.”

For more information, visit Treelicious Orchards at www.treeliciousorchards.com.

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