Haps at the Happy Apple

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Speaking as a person who planned his trip to Japan around its spectacular cherry blossom festivals, I was excited to hear about and attend a fruit-flower celebration closer to home.

I visited Ferrara's Happy Apple Farm in Penrose yesterday for its first annual apple blossom viewing.

Admission and hay rides are free, with eats like turkey legs ($5.75) and pulled pork sandwiches ($6.95) available inside the farm's market and deli. We tried both and were quite pleased.

Different apple varieties bloom at different times, hence these contrasting rows.
  • Matthew Schniper
  • Different apple varieties bloom at different times, hence these contrasting rows.

This weekend offered some beautiful scenery for photography, but farm owner Tony Ferrara says this upcoming weekend (April 23 and Easter Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.) will offer even better views, with even more blossoms opened up.

Owner Tony Ferrara says the farm sees thousands of visitors on late summer pick n pay days.
  • Matthew Schniper
  • Owner Tony Ferrara says the farm sees thousands of visitors on late summer pick 'n pay days.

The real farm draw is its pick 'n pay program, best taken advantage of around August. You can choose your own apples, pumpkins, blackberries and raspberries as well as purchase pickled and cured items and apple cider.

Yes - it is possible to purchase turkey legs outside of the Ren-Fest.
  • Matthew Schniper
  • Yes — it is possible to purchase turkey legs outside of the Ren-Fest.

The farm recommends that you join its e-mail list (on its website) and always call ahead for weather reports prior to visiting. Dogs are welcome.

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