My memories of Linvilla Orchards begin as a small child. My mother would load up the whole family and trek us out to Linvilla, which seemed like a whole other world from our city streets in Philadelphia. We’d go each autumn to pick our pumpkins, eat candy apples, caramel apples and cider donuts and go on the hayride through the woods and orchard fields.
Linvilla, in Media, is a year round farmers market and working orchard. As an adult, I’ve made treks there every so often, including one yesterday on my way to the shore. I picked three pies from their 40 varieties (yes, 40 kinds of pie. Put another way: enough pie to last a month and a week and a half and not eat the same pie twice) and some cider donuts.
The cider donuts are cake based, fried fresh (and served hot) and drenched in a perfect cinnamon/sugar mix. The pies are, and I say this without hesitation, the best pies I’ve ever had.
Linvilla offers fresh year round produce, much of it produced in their own orchards. They have <insert current fruit here> festivals. Right now it’s Peaches. In the latter half of August it will be tomatoes. In the fall it will be Pumpkin Fest and Pumpkinland will open.
Pumpkinland scared the shit out of me when I was little. All the goblins and such. The same displays I saw as a child are there now and don’t scare me as much. It is worth the drive to visit Linvilla in autumn and see the displays, pick your overpriced pumpkins and buy way too many yummy things from the bakery.
But if you go for no other reason, go for the pie.
137 W. Knowlton Road