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Friday, September 18, 2020

The Wildwood Water Towers Get A New Look in 2020

Wildwood Water Tower - Beach Ball Design in New Jersey
We travel down to North Wildwood in New Jersey several times every year. In our honest opinion, it's the prettiest and BEST coastal town in South Jersey! You'll find clean and FREE beaches that are family-friendly. If we had to choose our favorite spot it would be in North Wildwood on the beach hind the historic Hereford Inlet Lighthouse.

While driving around the island we noticed that the Wildwood Water Towers got a new face lift in 2020. You can see many of them from blocks away and all of them can be easily photographed for your waymarking records. We love the new updated look. Fun and colorful!
Wildwood Water Tower - Beach Ball Design in New Jersey

One common theme on advertising and messaging in the Wildwoods is the colorful beach ball. You'll see that image on all kinds of things! You'll find beautiful beach ball street art in front of the Convention Center, at Byrne Plaza and at the entrance to the boardwalk in Wildwood Crest.
Wildwood Crest Water Tower in New Jersey

The Wildwood Crest.org water tower is an exception to the rule. It just has their logo painted on it in primary colors of orange, red and blue. It would be nice if they would add the beach ball motif to it, so that all of them coordinated together. Just my two cents on that!

Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Fall Apple Picking at Strite's Orchard Farm Market

Fall Apple Picking at Strite's Orchard Farm Market in Harrisburg Pennsylvania
Strite's Orchard Farm Market and Bakery is located in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Established in 1843, it's the largest Farm Market in Dauphin County and is open year-round. The farm market offers fresh, in-season fruits, vegetables, locally sourced meats, cheeses, eggs, milk, candy, honey, condiments, pantry staples, and freshly-made items from the bakery.

During the Fall season they offer apple picking, a corn maze, pumpkin patch, sunflower picking, hayrides, etc. You can find a list of events posted on their website and check out their Facebook page for frequent updates. Don't have time to shop the market? You can now order online and pick up at the store.
Fall Apple Picking at Strite's Orchard Farm Market in Harrisburg Pennsylvania

Fall Apple Picking at Strite's Orchard Farm Market in Harrisburg Pennsylvania

Ten years ago we started a family tradition with our grandchildren. Every year we take them out Strite's for the fall festivities. We will go out one weekend to go apple picking and another weekend for the corn maze, the pumpkin patch and a hayride. Last weekend we all went apple picking and picked two bags of apples.

When visiting the orchard we recommend that you wear comfortable walking shoes, dress appropriately for current weather conditions and bring along a bottle of water. You should apply sunscreen and bug spray before heading out into the field. Due to Covid-19 they recommend you wear masks or facial coverings, so bring those along too. You can't enter the farm market without them.
Fall Apple Picking at Strite's Orchard Farm Market in Harrisburg Pennsylvania

The U-PICK field is located about 150 yards down the road from the Farm Market. You'll drive down, park in the designated area (a field). You'll see a canopy tent in the parking area and that's where you'll pay the admission fee and be handed a bag. You can mix-n-match the type's you like. One bag cost $20.00.

Head out into the field via the market path. As you walk along you'll see signs out which designate the type of apple that is located in that specific area. We found that the best apples were way out in the field and were "less" picked over. You have more choices to select from the further you go out.
Fall Apple Picking at Strite's Orchard Farm Market in Harrisburg Pennsylvania

We spent an hour out in the field picking apples with the grandchildren. They had a great time running from tree to tree looking for the biggest and best apples. It was nice to be out in the countryside and breathing fresh air...even on a cloudy day.

Looking for a treat afterwards? Head down to the Farm Market for Hershey's Ice Cream! They have several varieties available and it's located at the front of the market. You can quickly go in...get your ice cream and leave. No long lines or crowds!