While COVID is changing how we enjoy some of our fall activities, there are open farms (yay!) now open for pumpkin picking. While most, if not all, are practicing social distancing rules, we suggest that you check the site and Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook pages of the farm you wish to visit before you head out. Some farms are requiring reservations while others are not, and all are requiring masks. While this year is different, there are still beautiful spots to enjoy with the beauty that fall brings.
Weekends are fun at Barton Orchards. Visit the Haunted House, Fun Park, and corn maze. There are hayrides, live music, and amusements for the entire family. Pick-your-own apples and pumpkins plus a country store and The Tap Room are on-site. Admission is free Monday through Friday. Weekends $15 admission. Also, Tree Top Adventures open from 11 am to 3 pm daily for ages 7 and up at $39.95 per person. Reserve your time slot on their website.
Barton Orchards, 63 Apple Tree Ln., Poughquag. 845-227-2306. staging.tangibleagency.com/barton
The Pumpkin Patch is now open. Pumpkins and fresh donuts are available in front of the store. Due to COVID, there have been some changes. Pumpkin reservations are required, but only those who only wish to pick pumpkins. You do not need to make a reservation for pumpkins if you have a reservation for apple picking or plan on apple picking. For those who have apple picking reservations, pumpkins can be picked and paid upon exiting the orchard. The farm encourages those with any questions or feedback to reach out at [email protected].
Fishkill Farms, 9 Fishkill Farm Road, Hopewell Junction. 845-897-4377. Fishkillfarms.com.
You can pick-your-own pumpkins and apples at this Dutchess County farm. The Hudson Valley Farmers’ Market, an on-site grocery store and kitchen. The eatery serves breakfast, lunch, and to-go dinners. Choose from omelets, wraps, fish tacos, pot pies, chili, soups, burgers, a kids menu, and more. Due to COVID, you can order online for curbside pick up and local delivery. Open daily from 9 am to 7 pm.
Greig Farm, 227 Pitcher Ln., Red Hook. 845-758-8007. Greigfarm.com.
Harvest Moon Farm & Orchard
A favorite farm for many New Yorkers, Harvest Moon & Orchard, is not hosting any fall activities this year due to COVID. There is still plenty of fun to be had for the family- currently, pumpkins are available for sale during store hours. The pumpkin patch is open during the week and on Apple picking weekends! Store hours tend to change, and a reservation is required. Note that each reservation ticket allows entry to the orchard for up to four people only. If you bring a party of more than four people, you will need to purchase an extra reservation.
Children 10 yrs and under enter free with a purchased ticket.
Admission to the property includes the Farm Store and Pumpkin Patch
Parking entry for one car only. Vans or buses are not allowed. We strongly advised checking the website and their Instagram page for any changes of hours to the farm.
Harvest Moon Farm & Orchard, 130 Hardscrabble Road, North Salem. 914-485-1210. Harvestmoonfarmandorchard.com.
Hurds Family Farm
Fall weekends are packed with fun at Hurds Family Farm. You can pick-your-own apples (minimum $8), and pumpkins are priced by size. Free activities include a playground area, hiking trails, a storybook trail, and a Horse Hoop Toss. VIP Activity Wristband $15 includes corn maze with photo challenge game, mini ABC corn maze, air pillow, apple launcher, cow train and hayride, apple obstacle course, rubber duck derby, giant slide on and mountain. Express Wristband, $9, includes hayride and corn maze. Children under 3 are free. Other activities are offered for an additional fee. Currently, you must make a reservation on the weekends to pick apples or pumpkins. Apple bags or activity wristbands for picking must be purchased online before visiting the farm. We advised checking the website for any change of hours.
Hurds Family Farm, 2187 State Rte. 32, Modena. 845-883-7825. Hurdsfamilyfarm.com.
Stuart’s Fruit Farm
The pumpkin patch is open every day from 9 am to 5 pm; reservations are not required, but social distancing is expected. There is no charge for parking, and the farm does not charge an orchard fee. Farm accepts cash and checks.
Stuart’s Fruit Farm, 62 Granite Springs Road, Granite Springs. 914-245-2784. Stuartsfarm.com.
Wilkens Fruit & Fir Farm
The farm is open for business with some changes due to COVID. The market will be restricted to one-way traffic; customers will enter at the north end of the market and exit at the south end of the market. The Bakery where you can find their delicious pies and cider donuts can be ordered outside the bakery windows. The corn maze is open for now
face masks are required when entering the maze, with the exception of children ages two and under.
Due to social distancing rules, the farm cannot offer a tractor ride to and from the orchard. All visitors must be able to walk to and from the orchard. The farm is open Wednesdays-Mondays and Closed on Tuesdays.
Wilkens Farm, 1335 White Hill Road, Yorktown Heights. 914-245-5111. wilkensfarm.com.