Monday, October 4, 2010
Larriland Farms: Focus On Apples & Pumpkins, Then Run That Straw Maze With A BBQ Sandwich
Nothing beats pick-your-own caulifower except . . . . well, except for apples, pumpkins and the best food from an amusement park.
Larriland Farm has moved into fall, and the weekends are there to squeeze the best times of our this season. Rows of apples -- 17 varieties over all -- to load up on sweetness and bake yourself a pie. Fields of pumpkins. (Sorry, we took the perfect four on Sunday afternoon.) And great food.
Larriland has gone two ways for weekend food this October, and it's absolutely worth the drive our I-70. First, eat a real meal from the folks at Towne Grill in Lisbon. They have a stand selling burgers, hot dogs and my favorite, the pulled pork and chicken. They also had smoked turkey legs, which were absolutely hilarious to watch little children eat. Picnic with some sandwiches and fries.
Then, get some treats at the fritters and cider stand. Apple fritters -- being peeled, chopped and fried right in front of you. Hot cider mulled with honey and spices. It's all reasonably priced. It's all fun to eat. You can buy all kinds of vegetables in the barn store, but you should treat yourself to barbecue and some apple fritters before winter sets in.
All that food comes on top of the pick-you-own produce. The spinach, broccoli, etc. are healthy, but the apples and the pumpkins are easy ways to celebrate the season. They're selling a dozen varieties of gourds and pumpkins at the store. Weird enough varieties -- warts on a pumpkin! thin gourds that look like a snake! -- that people were photographing themselves with them. But you can hunt your own big pumpkin out in the fields. We pulled four beautiful ones ourselves.
And the best part of Larriland is free -- photos, photos, photos. You on a ladder in the apple trees. Kids running around the straw maze. Everyone walking around the pumpkin fields. I don't know why pumpkins make great pictures, but they're hilarious. Click here for all of the posts about Larriland.
(Update: Tanya, who blogs at From Cleveland To Charm City, was at Larriland as well on Sunday. I recognized her from her blog, but it was a step too geeky to interrupt her group of friends and say "Hey, we're bloggers!)