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Hurd Orchards in Holly, NY

Getting There

I’m gonna start this by saying that even though my mom is a little crazy, she’s the best mom. For real.

At the end of July, I was a bridesmaid at my friend’s wedding in Geneva, NY. The rehearsal was Friday evening in Rochester, and other than flying, taking public transportation to Rochester can be time consuming, expensive and inconvenient. So my mom, I repeat the best mom, offered to drive down to NY the Thursday before the wedding, and then drive back to Rochester with myself and my date after I finished work Thursday evening.

But then the question is, what do you do in Rochester when you have 8 unexpected hours free to play? You leave Rochester (yuk, yuk, yuk).

The first time I even heard about Hurd Orchards in Holly, NY, was when I worked with wedding photographer Tammy Swales, at Tammy Swales Studio, and got to see the final photos of a wedding shot there. It was probably one of the most beautiful and simple weddings I had ever laid eyes on, and one of the many, many reasons I chose to work with Tammy in the first place. But I had never been, and when my mom suggested the trip, I enthusiastically said “yes, please!”

Events at Hurd Orchards

We arrived too late to attend the “Blueberry Luncheon,” but Hurd has a variety of upcoming events that I desperately need to go to, and will travel to Rochester solely for, such as:

Peaches and Cream Luncheon – Wednesday, September 3rd – 12:30 p.m.
Bushels of amber and coral surround us in peach harvest. Warmth and bounty abound. The canning kitchen hums with activity and excitement as jar after jar of golden peaches is neatly packed, ready for winter enjoyment. The ice cream freezer turns slowly and rhythmically adding music to our anticipation of an afternoon picnic. There are fresh, ripe peaches to savor, juice running down our chins. Come join our celebration.

Hot Cider, Wild Honey and the Songbird Meadow – Friday, September 26th – 12:30 p.m.
As the honk of Canada geese is heard overhead and winged birds fly south – as we pull our sweaters tighter and sip a cup of hot cider, we are reminded of how we share our earth in step with those both great and small. A festival of autumn rituals and traditions with heartwarming fall fare – from sumptuous stew to crisps and cobblers. A meadow walk and talk will follow for those interested.

Pies, Pies, Pies! – Thursday, October 2nd – 12:30 p.m.
Of history and Americana – chicken pies, apple pies, meat pies, fruits pies, veggie pies, herb pies, plum pies, berry pies! Select from our festive farmland board of delectable, homemade pies – with some lovely salads and side dishes included. Come give a blue ribbon to your favorites.

Heirloom Apples and Robert Frost Luncheon – Wednesday, October 15th – 12:30 p.m.
One of our favorite poems of all times is Robert Frost’s ‘After Apple Picking’. So many of his words speak of our world, a country world of pruning and picking, orchard lanes and farming ways, yet a world more profound, more simple and more sophisticated than often meets the eye. Some of our ancient trees, with great and turned trunks and limbs, through our care still yield the fruits of long ago, fruits telling stories, and watching the same world, through the same lens as Mr. Frost’s.

Pumpkin Gourmet Luncheon – Thursday, October 30th – 12:30 p.m.
Pumpkin everything! The fields are full of round orange jack-o-lanterns, flat grey-green pumpkins, golden squashes, deep paprika bumpy pumpkins and tiny little mini pumpkins Enjoy this creative luncheon -eat pumpkin soup, old fashioned pumpkin pie, pumpkin muffins and pumpkin cake, even pumpkin seeds – they are delicious, believe me, I’ve tried them!

As an autumn lover, I cannot express the extent of my desire to set up a tent at Hurd Orchards and live there exclusively through November.

Hurd Orchards
Hurd Orchards
Hurd Orchards
Hurd Orchards
Hurd Orchards
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Hurd Orchards
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Hurd Orchards
17260 Ridge Rd
Holley, NY 14470
(585) 638-8838

Tammy Swales Studio
51 Russell St
Rochester, NY 14607
(585) 203-1441

Photography and words by Diana Eastman
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