The pumpkin can also be used as a great reason to get out in the autumn air and spend the day on a farm, weeding through the patches for the perfect one. The Tri-State area offers plenty of spots to take the family or friends if you’re looking for a hayride on a perfect fall day. By Holly Rosen Fink.
31 Dykeman Lane
Pawling, NY 12564
North of the city you’ll find Dykeman Farm. In addition to taking a hayride to pick your own pumpkin in a real patch, you can get gourds, winter squash, Indian corn and sweet down at Dykeman Farm. Each delicacy is picked fresh daily on the premises.
Albert H. Schmitt Family Farms
6 Bagatelle Rd
Dix Hills, New York 11746
Within the reach of the Long Island Rail Road lies Albert H. Schmitt Family Farms. This family business has all the making for a Halloween celebration. After you pick your own pumpkin, you can make your way through an indoor haunted maze and check out the ghoulish scarecrows. Indulge in a cup of apple cider and a candy apple. Hayrides are free!
191 White Schoolhouse Road
Rhinebeck, NY 12572
Wonderland Farm has pumpkins for sale of all shapes and sizes on a 30-acre field. You can also visit the petting zoo, catch a hayride, and pick your own apples, gourds, pumpkins, corn stalks and Indian corn. They are open through the end of October on weekends only, 9:30 a.m.-dusk.
Stuart’s Fruit Farm
Granite Springs Road
Granite Springs, NY
Stuart’s has been around for the past 180 years. You can pick-your-own pumpkins right from the vine through November. In addition to seasonal activities, customers can buy fresh produce, tomatoes, and apples (over 30 kinds) or visit the bakery daily.
Harris Hill Farm
99 Ridge Road
New Milford , CT 96776
This is a family owned farm with a pumpkin patch, animals, a kiddy hay maze and hay rides. They also have Hay Bales, Corn Stalks, Gourds, Indian Corn, and Winter Squash available for sale. Open weekends in October.
451 Sport Hill Road
Easton , CT 06612-1724
A popular destination for northern Westchester residents and natives of Connnecticut, this pumpkin patch gives away pumpkins if customers guess the weight correctly – and they also host an annual Oktoberfest every year. They also have a fun petting farm and offer hay rides for the children.
280 Chapel Heights Road
Sewell, NJ 08080
Duffield’s Farm offers a variety of fall family activities every Saturday in October including a corn maze, the Moon Bounce, the Trike Track, face painting, the Barnyard Express, the Corn Maze and Play yard in “Pumpkin Land”. Kids can also feed the farm animals and enjoy some fresh pressed NJ apple cider or apple cider slush.
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Holly Rosen Fink is the founder and managing editor of The Culture Mom.