Guide to Terhune Orchards

graphic by Caroline Tan

History

Gary and Pam Mount have owned Terhune Orchards since 1975. Although both were new to farming, they wanted to try to recreate the sense of community they found in Micronesia.

“We wanted our own farm,” said Gary, “but we wanted the kind of place where we could share with the community. … That’s been very important [to us].”

It was important to them to stay in the Princeton area, where they’d grown up, so Terhune Orchards was perfect.

Food

Terhune Orchards is well known for its selection of fresh produce, with 40 different crops throughout the year. In the farm store, people can purchase fresh crops as well as baked goods. For those with dietary restrictions, Terhune accommodates them with specialty baked goods. Included in their product line-up is their famous apple cider and cider donuts —a fall staple in the area.

Terhune Orchards also offers a “Pick Your Own” program for different kinds of fresh fruits and vegetables.This fall, apples and pumpkins are in season.

Fall Activities

Terhune Orchards is so much more than just a farm; it is also a wide array of fall activities. On September 16 and 17, Terhune Orchards held its annual Apple Day, a local tradition dating back to 1976. The day celebrated the farm’s most famous crop, the apple,with hayrides, a corn maze, and more. For any that missed out on Apple Day, there are six more family fun weekends planned, with lots of fall themed activities. They are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays from September 23rd to October 29th.

Classes

There are plenty of fun workshops at Terhune Orchards, hosted either by Gary or Pam. Classes include a Wreath Decorating Workshop with Pam before Christmas, Gary’s Pruning Demonstration in March, and Pam’s Garden and Herb Class in July (note that dates vary annually).

Sessions are free, available to all ages, and occur rain or shine.  While pre-registering is not required, it is appreciated.

When asked what he wanted their visitors to take from the farm, Gary said, “We want our customers to feel that this is an important part of the community.”

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