The temperature’s dropping, the leaves are turning, and a certain spiced latte is everywhere you turn, which means we’ve reached peak fall. Take advantage of the last nice weather we’ll have for, oh, months by getting outdoors and exploring local farms. Even if you’re not into picking your own produce, you can sample staples like cider, doughnuts (and cider doughnuts), and pies, or check out family-friendly activities like hayrides and haunted houses.Read More
10 best spots for apple and pumpkin picking near NYC
Prepare to make (and eat) a whole lot of pie
Queens County Farm Museum
At this 47-acre plot—the longest continually farmed land in New York State—visitors can explore historic buildings and scope out seasonal crops in addition to picking out their pumpkins. Its annual Amazing Maize Maze, a huge labyrinth made of corn, will be open until October 30—the theme this year is "The Big Apple," for what it's worth.
Dr Davies Farm Stand
More than 4,000 trees spread across 35 acres mean there’s typically plenty of apples ready to pick whenever you go. Pumpkins tend to be limited to the small sugar varieties—not exactly carve-able, but way easier to tote home.
Stuart's Fruit Farm
Spring freezes took a toll on this eco-friendly farm’s bounty, but you’ll still find Golden Delicious and Rome apples (with more available at the farm store) and pumpkins in every size. Don’t skip out without nabbing one of the flaky, butter-crust pies.
Weed Orchards and Winery
Apple Dave's Orchards
Before perusing the pumpkin patch and collecting your fair share of Macintoshes and Cortlands, take an hour to wander the grounds (cider doughnut in hand). You can stroll through herb garden and past ponds to the neighboring winery, where you can sip hard cider, apple vodka, and limited-edition wines.
Among the 34 types of apples at this no-frills New Jersey farm, you’ll find several heirloom varieties (King David’s are plentiful right now). And unlike many spots, the pumpkins here are still clinging to the vine.