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How can I sum up my birthday this year? Well, it was “just peachy!” A couple weekends ago, I spent my birthday at Alstede Farms in Chester, NJ with my sisters, my sisters’ boyfriends, my brother, my sister-in-law, and my nieces. The weather turned out to be perfect for a day of peach picking. My husband unfortunately missed out because of work, but I made sure to bring some peaches home to share with him.
We met up with my brother at his house that morning. I was greeted with a giant chalk “Happy Birthday Aunt Jessica” message and hugs and kisses from my nieces. Right then and there, we were already off to a great start! Their smiling faces and love for Aunt Jess always makes me happy! We got to the farm nice and early and immediately went over to visit the animals.
There are animals all over the farm to feed and pet. Since they’re used to human interaction, they’re very friendly! I definitely fell in love with a couple of them! This cow was the sweetest. I kept going back to it. We also made friends with some donkeys, a horse, and quite a few goats. If you didn’t know already, goats are one of my favorite animals! That alone made the trip worth it!
My brother treated me to a wine tasting at the Tomasello Winery Tasting Room at the farm. One of my sisters joined us, too. I had a great time sipping wine with my brother and sister and learning about certain wine varieties.
My brother found a Groupon for a wine tasting for two, which ended up being a great deal! We each got to sample five wines of our choice, we got a souvenir wine glass and a bottle of wine to take home, a Tomasello Preferred Case Club membership, and a discount on our purchases at the Alstede Farms Market (which was used on pies for dessert). If you’re local, I definitely recommend it!
Later in the day, my husband met us back at my parents’ house for dinner. I requested my father’s pizza and mussels for my birthday dinner. We picked up peach and blueberry pies at the farm for dessert. It was all delicious!
Overall, I had a really nice birthday this year and I’m thankful for my family that made my day so special! I hope to get to Alstede Farms again for apple and pumpkin picking in the Fall! It’s one of my favorite times out of the year to be at the farm!
If you would like to see more photos from our day at the Peach Festival, make sure to check out my Instagram!