Eastern Produce Council executive director Susan McAleavey Sarlund holds 3-month-old Joseph Michael DeLorenzo and is surrounded by his family: father Anthony DeLorenzo, aunts Deanna and Christina, and grandmother Goldie. ( Courtesy of EPC )

If apple-picking in the fall is a rite of passage for a Northeasterner, then more than 100 people earned their badges Saturday.

Eastern Produce Council members, their families and Joe DeLorenzo’s family enjoyed a summer-like morning doing that oh-so autumnal activity at Melick Farm in Oldwick, N.J., for the fifth annual Joe DeLorenzo Family Event, according to a news release.

Cider and doughnuts kicked off the morning, followed by tractor rides that took families up to the orchard to pick apples. After returning from the orchard, everyone enjoyed fresh grilled corn on the cob, hot dogs and popcorn.

This year’s gathering featured a special guest, 3-month old Joseph Michael DeLorenzo, son of the event namesake’s son Anthony, and named in honor of his deceased grandfather.  

The event was named in honor of the council’s longtime board member and two-time president, who died in November 2014.  

“Joe was all about family, and this event is an opportunity for EPC families to remember Joe and spend time together out on a farm in primetime apple season,” Susan McAleavey Sarlund, council executive director, said in the release. 

More than 35 members of the DeLorenzo family attended, and they’re all New Jersey residents, except for one of his daughters and her family who came up from Florida.

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