If you are looking for something fun, active, and refreshing to do outdoors before the summer is over, you will find everything you need at Bucks County’s Styer Orchard in Langhorne.
It’s hard to believe that in 1910, the initial 52 acres of land on the intersection of Langhorne-Yardley and Woodbourne Roads was purchased by a gentleman named T. Walter “Pop” Styer. That’s more than one hundred years ago!
My family has been going here for more than 25 years. It is very child-friendly and even dog-friendly. There has never been a fee to ride the tractor that takes you out to the beautiful fruit tree orchards that hug the farm. Strangers become friends as they hop on the hayride, excitedly awaiting the fruits of their labor. Part of the experience is enjoying the scenery and the sounds of the buzzing tractor as you ride through the immense and flourishing farm.
After grabbing a bag or bucket from the farm pavilion, a friendly tractor driver will take you out to the fruit of the season’s spot and drop your crew off in walking distance from the fruit trees. Today’s treasure was sweet, juicy peaches and nectarines, and boy, they were out of this world! There are even fruit pickers laying around in case you see a peach high up in the tree beyond your reach. When my own children were little, they would battle over who would get to use the “big sticks” to pick their treasures. They learned how to take turns pretty quickly in that scenario!
This amazing pick-your-own farm has fruits and vegetables available all year long. Early July through mid September you will find peaches. Mid July through late August is when the nectarines are ready to be harvested. Blackberries blossom mid July through August. My absolute favorite time of year, FALL, is when you will find all different varieties of apples, usually by early August through late October. In addition to these healthy, fresh fruits just mentioned, you will find different varieties of vegetables, pumpkins, squash and even straw bales. (What was super convenient about this trip especially was that for it being a 98 degree day, there was a misty fan blowing on you as you checked out by the register!)
Our final stop before heading home was The Market, which is located right in front of the orchard. Everyone is so friendly and approachable. It was Temperature Tuesday, which was a total bonus! Treat yourself to a scoop of scrumptious hard ice cream for the price of whatever the temperature outside is that day! So ours was 98 cents! It was a hard decision to make, with so many flavors to choose from. I ended up with peach pie ice cream and oh my, it was so good! Also available are fruits and vegetables from the farm if you don’t have the time to pick them yourself, along with donuts, pies, baked goods, donuts, hoagies, and deli items. They even have banana cake and Everything but the Kitchen Sink Cookies, which contain rippled chips, chocolate chips, crushed pretzels, and other interesting ingredients. We ended up bringing home a homemade peach cake, which was to die for!
Take your kids, grandparents, your siblings, parents, a date, friend, or YOURSELF to beautiful Styer Orchard, right in your own backyard in the beautiful county of Bucks. Whatever season you come, you will not be disappointed!