My family & I were provided with a family pass to the Fall Festival courtesy of Triple B Farms. I was not compensated for this post in any other way. All opinions expressed below are 100% my own.
I am pretty sure that I have expressed to you all more than once that fall is my absolute favorite time of the year. ;) There isn't much that I do not enjoy about fall- the changing colors of the leaves on the trees, the weather (still warm, but cool enough to pull out the jeans and light flannel), apple picking, pie baking, and our annual pilgrimage to Triple B Farms in Monongahela, Pennsylvania. We have been coming to the farm every fall now for four years, the first time being when I was pregnant with Little Miss.
Triple B Farms is a little over an hour north of Morgantown, West Virgina and an about hour south of Pittsburgh. Each fall starting in late September, Triple B hosts their Fall Festival on Saturdays and Sundays through the end of October. On Fall Festival weekends, families can purchase All Day Play wristbands that will give everyone access to Pumpkinland, the Big Blue Boo Barn, the Corn Maze, hayrides, and much more. We headed up to Triple B Farms just this past Sunday for our annual family fall tradition of apple & pumpkin picking...
Our first stop when we arrive at Triple B Farms is always the concession stand right by the gate. And why you may ask? Because of those freshly made apple cider doughnuts you see pictured above. ;) It is worth the drive to Triple B just for these doughnuts, folks. Sometimes they sell out, so we always stop there first to make sure we have a few to enjoy during our visit and also to take home with us.
One of the highlights of visiting Triple B Farms for us is always the Pick Your Own Apples. There is nothing quite like picking an apple fresh from the tree yourself and taking a bite right then & there. :)
This was the first fall that Little Miss was able to successfully pick apples all by herself from the trees. You could hear her whispering under her breath "twist and pull" as she picked them. :)
We took home a whopping 1/2 bushel of handpicked Jonagold and Fuji apples for just $20. Be sure to check their website before your visit to see which varieties of apples will be available for pick your own that weekend. I have already put some of these apples to good use by baking up one of my Hot Buttered Rum Apple Pies. A batch of my Homemade Crock Pot Apple Butter is next on my list for these babies. ;)
There is tons for the kiddos to do at Triple B Farms! :) We couldn't get to everything during our recent visit, but be sure to visit Pumpkinland, the giant inflatables, and let the kids take a few turns down the Squirrel Hill Tunnel Slide.
We did try our hand at the Corn Maze this year... and we got lost. And lost again. Maybe the maze was just that difficult, or maybe it was because our "navigator" was a three year old. ;)
Catching a hayride to the pumpkin patch is a definite must-do when visiting Triple B Farms. You take a tractor-pulled ride up the hillside past the corn maze and apple orchards and arrive at a huge selection of pick-your-own pumpkins. From traditional jack-on-lanterns pumpkins to Cinderella and heirloom varieties, each member of the family can find their perfect pumpkin at Triple B's patches.
I am pretty sure the pumpkin picking is my oldest's favorite part of our visits to Triple B Farms each year. He scours the entire patch for THE pumpkin that meets his very discriminating taste. ;)
Whether you want to pick up a few decorative gourds or maybe pick-your-own isn't quite your thing, you should definitely stop at either the outdoor stand or pop inside the Country Market to grab a few locally made goodies to take back home. I will forewarn you all- the indoor store can get pretty busy and crowded on the Fall Festival weekends. But if you have patience (or maybe do not have a tired kiddo in tow), the Country Market is worth the wait. But the outdoor farm stand is wonderful as well. You can purchase bags of fresh apples, pie pumpkins, Indian corn, brightly colored mums, and much more there.
My Top Tips for Visiting Triple B Farms:
- Check the weather & dress accordingly. Make sure everyone in the family wears comfy shoes- you will do quite a bit of walking.
- If you have wee ones, consider bringing a wagon for them. The farm provides wagons and wheelbarrows for carting your pumpkins and apples back to your car, but they are not for use with the kiddos.
- Get there early if you can. The line to buy the All Day Play wristbands can get pretty long as the day goes on. But purchasing a wristband isn't necessary if you are just planning to go apple or pumpkin picking. You can go right in.
- If you do nothing else, be sure to get some of those apple cider doughnuts! Seriously, you all. I dream about those doughnuts all year round. ;)
What is some of your family's favorite fall traditions?
Be sure to visit the Triple B Farms website for Fall Festival hours and to find out the special events and exhibits for each weekend. :)
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