The air is cooling and the leaves on the trees are beginning to change from green to shades of orange, red, yellow, and gold. It can only mean one thing: fall is approaching once more, and that means that new fruit crops will be ready to pick! A perfect autumn pastime in the Lehigh Valley is picking your own fruits at one of the farms in the area. One of our favorite places to pick fruit is Strawberry Acres in nearby Coplay, PA. Coplay is just about 20 minutes away from our Bethlehem boutique hotel, making a trip to Strawberry Acres the ideal way to spend a day enjoying the fall air during your stay at the Sayre Mansion. With a variety of fruit ready to be picked depending on season as well as a market and other activities, a day at Strawberry Acres is a fall must.
About Strawberry Acres
Strawberry Acres is a working farm that has been continually worked since 1820. The stone home originally built on the property is still in use today! The farm was originally formed on 100 acres but land was added through the years, including an addition of 75 acres sometime in the 1960s. The pick-your-own fruits started with strawberries (hence the name of the farm) and extended to other fruit trees in an attempt to soften the blow of losing about half of their crops to a storm in the 1980s. Today Strawberry acres is third largest pick-your-own farm in the state of Pennsylvania.
Picking Fruit at Strawberry Acres
Depending on the season in which you visit Strawberry Acres, there is a variety of delectable fruits to pick. Or, if you want to try some of the homegrown fruits, you can buy it ready-picked at the Strawberry Acres Farm Market. The fruits you can pick or buy at strawberry acres are:
- Cherries: Emperor Francis, Cavalier Hedelfingen
- Peaches: Red Haven, Glo Haven, Loring, Suncrest, Redskin, Crest Haven
- Apples: Royal Gala, Macintosh, Honeycrisp, Jonagold, Golden Delicious, Idared, Mutsu, Melrose, Fuji
- Pears: Bartlett, Bosc, Anjou
- Pumpkins & Gourds
Farm Market, Bakery, and Activities at Strawberry Acres
In addition to the pick-your-own action in the orchards on Strawberry Acres, there are more activities you should consider. Head to the Farm Market and Bakery to get fresh baked goods, pre-picked fruit, fruit preserves and butters, and seasonal specialties like delicious cider in the fall. There is also a variety of delicious hot food to enjoy at the Farm Market like hoagies and hot dogs as well as beverages and the delicious baked goods (dumplings, pies, muffins etc.).
The farm is also home to Barnyard Buddies from August through October, where you can encounter farm animals and get in touch with another part of farm life. Pony rides, hayrides, games, and the turbo tube slide down the hillside are other popular activities at Strawberry Acres.
Staying Near Strawberry Acres
Because our Bethlehem boutique hotel is just about 20 minutes away from the Strawberry Acres farm in Coplay, you can enjoy both the idyllic countryside atmosphere while picking and return to the Sayre Mansion for elegant accommodations and luxurious amenities. Located in the heart of downtown Bethlehem, we’re always near the action – whether that’s one of our amazing festivals, a show at the Sands Event Center, or just great shopping and dining. There’s always something happening in Bethlehem and in the greater Lehigh Valley area, so it’s the ideal destination year-round. And whenever you decide to visit, Strawberry Acres will have some sweet delicious fruit for you to harvest and take home!
Photo courtesy Boatguy.