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Smolak Farms Apple Season!

Smolak Farms apple picking season is here! Along with crisp weather, snuggly sweaters, fire pits, a rainbow of foliage, and pumpkin spice everything. I love all things fall, and nothing beats this time of year at SMOLAK FARMS in North Andover, MA. There are lots of orchards in this area, but Smolak is the only one I know of with an ANTIQUE APPLE ORCHARD that includes 20 varieties of apples, many of which are no longer grown for commercial harvest. And the best part? The orchard is small enough that even little ones can easily walk around the whole thing and collect a sample (or two or three) of each type of apple.

My daughter and I visited the antique orchard last week, and had a blast picking each variety as we strolled the farm. Afterwards, we cut them up and tried bites of each! Some favorites were the “Sheep’s Nose,” “Pink Pearl,” “Winter Banana,” and “Sops of Wine.” Even the names are pretty fun!

The Antique orchard opens to the public on September 30 (we got early access as CSA members), so if you’re looking for a new apple picking experience, check it out for yourself! One tip: this place is so awesome that everyone loves visiting – especially on weekends. If you can make it there during the week, you’ll have the orchard to yourselves! Grab some food at the farmstead (a cider doughnut sundae, perhaps?) and make an evening of it!

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Sarah Jordan is a lifestyle photographer based out of Boston, MA but often travels to Cape Cod, New York and Los Angeles for sessions.

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Martha’s Vineyard Photographer – A perfect getaway!

Earlier this year, I was thrilled to win CAPE COD LIFE magazine’s photo contest! Not only was my photo featured on the cover of the JUNE ISSUE, but my husband and I were treated to a fabulous getaway to Martha’s Vineyard last weekend. Without kids. Of course, I adore traveling with my kids…BUT…this was our first time away without them in over 10 years. Heaven.

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The ferry ride over was a mini-vacation in itself! A gorgeous sunset, perfect temps, and some yummy beverages set the perfect tone to start the trip.
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Of all the places we explored, the cliffs of Aquinnah were undoubtedly the most spectacular. Their red, orange, and tan clay colors are stunning, especially against a bright blue sky! Other highlights included the gingerbread houses in Oak Bluffs, jumping off the “JAWS BRIDGE” in Edgartown, relaxing on the porch of our quaint hotel (THE DOCKSIDE), and even investigating some family history at the VINEYARD GAZETTE.

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We even stumbled upon a big crowd waiting to see Taylor Swift leaving her friend’s wedding! We didn’t stand around for very long, but did catch a quick glimpse of Taylor and the bride through a window 🙂
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I brought my “big camera” with me to explore the island, but my husband is master of the iPhone panos! I love how the wide-angle of these images really capture more of the gorgeous surroundings!
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And, last but not least, some regular iPhone pics – because every vacation needs some selfies!
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All in all, it was a wonderful weekend and we are happy to have finally explored this beautiful island so close to home! I’d like to say that we’ll take the kids next time, but, well, we’ll see 😉

Thank you, Cape Cod Life, for a weekend to remember!

Sarah Jordan is a lifestyle photographer based out of Boston, MA but often travels to Cape Cod, New York and Los Angeles for sessions. CLICK HERE to get more info if you are looking for a Cape Cod or Martha’s Vineyard Photographer!

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