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Top 10 Family Picks: October in the Twin Cities
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Twin Cities October Family Events & Activities Guide
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Twin Cities September Family Events & Activities Guide
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Free Twin Cities September Family Events & Activities
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Twin Cities Apple Orchards: 4 Picks in the West Metro
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Twin Cities Apple Orchards: Pickings in the North Metro
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Family Fun Twin Cities Guide to Apple Orchards
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Family Fun: Deardorff Orchards, Waconia
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Recipe Wednesday: Strawberry Rhubarb Applesauce + Twin Cities Apple Orchard Picks
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An “A-peeling” Weekend in Pictures

Top 10 Family Picks: October in the Twin Cities

Top 10 Family Picks: October in the Twin Cities

October in the Twin Cities bursts with family activities from fall festivals to Halloween happenings. Here are 10 notable fresh picks: Read More

Twin Cities October Family Events & Activities Guide

October Family Events

It is our hope that you can use our October Family Events & Activities Guide page as a convenient way to find our traditional Free & Budget lists along with all the special themed activities each month brings. In October we are highlighting our favorite  pumpkin patches, corn mazes and apple orchards across the Twin Cities Metro as well as keeping up with the harvest of fall festivals cropping up. We’ve also thrown in some ideas to make the most of the kids’ MEA fall break from school. As always, we hope to be inspiration in planning your family time together!

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Twin Cities September Family Events & Activities Guide

September Family Events

It is our hope that you can use our September Family Events & Activities Guide page as a convenient way to find our traditional Free & Budget lists along with all the special themed activities each month brings. In September we are highlighting our favorite apple orchards, pumpkin patches and corn mazes across the Twin Cities Metro as well as keeping up with the harvest of fall festivals cropping up. As always, we hope to be inspiration in planning your family time together!

– Anne, Gianna & Joy
Family Fun Twin Cities

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Free Twin Cities September Family Events & Activities

Free Twin Cities September

 

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Twin Cities Apple Orchards: 4 Picks in the West Metro

West Metro Apple Orchards

For a list of orchards spanning the four corners of the Twin Cities metro area, visit our FFTC Guide to Twin Cities Apple Orchards.

TWIN CITIES WEST METRO APPLE ORCHARDS

Apple Jack Orchards | Delano

Apple Jack Orchards in Delano, Minnesota, could be one of those day-long fall destinations. There’s just that much going on there. And perhaps that’s what you’re looking for – an orchard packed with activities to appeal to every age in your family. Or, if slipping away from the hubbub and wandering among the apple trees sounds more up your alley, we’ve had that experience there, too. Read More

Twin Cities Apple Orchards: Pickings in the North Metro

North Metro Apple Orchards

For a list of orchards spanning the four corners of the Twin Cities metro area, visit our FFTC Guide to Twin Cities Apple Orchards.

TWIN CITIES NORTH METRO APPLE ORCHARDS

The pickings are decidedly slimmer in the North Metro: a handful of orchards offer apples for sale, but you might invite disappointment if the kids have their hearts set on harvesting their own. I’ll list the orchards below that do not offer U-pick (because we feel some are worth a stop for some fresh produce or a chance to get outside) along with the lovely Sunrise River Farm that welcomes you to pick.

Sunrise River Farm | Wyoming

We were completely charmed by the atmosphere at Sunrise River Farm on the outskirts of Wyoming, Minnesota. We loved that even on a weekend, the orchard never felt crowded, that we could wander through the apple trees and pick without bumping into fellow harvesters, and the kids adored visiting with all the farm critters. Prepare to spend lots of time wandering the barn stalls and meeting the resident donkeys, chickens, pigs and more. Read More

Family Fun Twin Cities Guide to Apple Orchards

Family Fun Twin Cities Guide to Apple Orchards

Twin Cities-area apple orchards have already begun throwing their doors open to usher in the picking season! Find an old favorite or a new destination to spend a fall day from our Guide below.

Come join us at our 3rd Annual Orchard Crawl, hosted by Fischer’s Croix Farm Orchard, on Sunday, September 24, 2017!

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Family Fun: Deardorff Orchards, Waconia

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Fall cannot officially commence for our family until we’ve taken a trip out to an apple orchard. The kids look forward to this tradition as soon as the State Fair wraps, school is back in session, and the weekends take on a twinge of crisp in the air. Having maintained for a few years an orchard directory of sorts for Family Fun Twin Cities, I feel like I’ve got a pretty good handle on the crop of apple farms to choose from in the metro. And yet, every fall an orchard pops up on my radar that I hadn’t considered before. Deardorff Orchards in Waconia was this year’s new find.

Our visit had nothing to do with blogging or business, it was simply an afternoon meant to be spent with friends — picking apples, taking a tractor hayride, munching absolutely delicious wood-fired pizza on a picnic blanket, and in the kids’ case, building log shelters and throwing themselves heedlessly off hay bales.

PicMonkey Collage deardorff orchards

The pickings weren’t as superior as we’ve found at other orchards in the west metro and be prepared to pay $20-$30 for your pecks, but we appreciated that there was no admission charge or nickel-and-diming for any of the simple activities. Our kids found plenty to do clambering on logs, getting up close to the horses, touring the orchard by tractor ride, and enjoying the fresh air.

Had we the time and/or inclination, there’s the onsite Parley Lake Winery, located adjacent to the classic white apple barn. Long after the last apples have fallen from the trees, the tasting room is still open Friday-Sunday until Dec 20.


Recipe Wednesday: Strawberry Rhubarb Applesauce + Twin Cities Apple Orchard Picks

Pairing Twin Cities Outings with Recipes at Home

This week’s installment of Recipe Wednesday hopes that you’ve been able to make it out to one of the wonderful Twin Cities-area apple orchards (and if you haven’t, we’ve got a list of a few to try at the end of the recipe bit). I know garden-fresh strawberries and rhubarb aren’t easy to come by this time of year, but this simple applesauce recipe from the local blog Dining With Alice looked so tasty I just had to share.

Crock-Pot-Strawberry-Rhubarb-Apple-Sauce[1]Strawberry Rhubarb Applesauce (courtesy Alice Seuffert, Dining With Alice)
Ingredients:

  • 1 lb Strawberries (stems removed, halved)
  • 2 lbs apples cored (skin on and quartered)
  • ½ cup Apple Juice or Cider
  • 2 cups Rhubarb (chopped)
  • 1 tsp Cinnamon

Directions:

  1.  Combine ingredients and cook on low in a slow cooker for 8 hours.
  2.  Once cooked, use an immersion blender (or regular blender) to get your desired consistency of the  apple sauce.
  3.  Alice recommends the sauce over vanilla ice cream with caramel sauce.

But first order of business, where to find these apples for the sauce? Family Fun Twin Cities has got you covered. (And as a bonus, several of these orchards also offer pumpkin patches and other fall activities.)

PicMonkey Collage apple orchard - Copy


An “A-peeling” Weekend in Pictures

Our third consecutive gorgeous September weekend finds Family Fun Twin Cities back pounding the apple orchard trail. Gianna discovered the lovely Applewood Orchard south of the Metro (22702 Hamburg Ave., Lakeville). This little haven is one of the few places to pick-your-own apples in Dakota County.

My family ventured out west to Apple Jack Orchards (4875 37th St. SE, Delano) and it turned out to be of little consequence that we couldn’t pick our own today. There is so much else for kids to do at the orchard they might not have noticed they couldn’t get their hands on the apples!

Joy didn’t visit an orchard this weekend, but there was apparently no shortage of apples in Busytown the Musical, which her family was lucky enough to see on its first Friday at the Children’s Theatre Company. Look for her take soon on the adaptation of Richard Scarry’s classic children’s book What Do People Do All Day?


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