Fall Pumpkin Picking In and Around Westchester

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2023 Fall Pumpkin Picking in and around Westchester

It’s one of our favorite times of the year: fall pumpkin picking! In Westchester (and the surrounding area), there are tons of places where you can explore some beautiful local farms, enjoy hay rides, delicious farm treats (hello, apple cider donuts), and farm festivals. Some farms do require reservations and picking dates vary, so be sure to check their websites/social media pages before you visit. Check out our list below as you soak in the magic of fall with your family.

Barton Orchards

There are so many fun activities and events happening at Barton Orchards this fall. Check out the Jack O’ Lantern Jubilee, family fun weekend, live music, and more! The farm also has hayrides, a petting zoo, a fun park, and pick-your-own pumpkins. Visit the country store for treats and farm concessions. Admission is free Monday-Friday. Weekends $15 admission. You can also make a whole day out of it with a visit to Tree Top Adventures (open from 11:00am-3:00pm daily). Kids ages seven and up can swing and climb through the trees where they can experience a fun and challenging course for all skill levels. Reservations can be made directly on their website. Barton Orchards, 63 Apple Tree Lane., Poughquag, NY 12570. 845-227-2306. staging.tangibleagency.com/barton

Dykeman Farms

Starting on September 24th, you’ll find over 70 varieties of pumpkins at Dykeman Farms. You’ll also find winter squashes, fall decorations, apples and free hay rides on the weekends. Parking is free and reservations are not required for pumpkin picking. The farm also has a store where you get seasonal produce, including their freshly-picked corn. Dykeman Farms, 31 Dykeman Lane, Pawling, NY 12564, 845-832-6068. www.dykemanfarm.com

Fishkill Farms

Get your pumpkins at Fishkill Farms in late September-October. Visit their Pick-Your-Own Page (fishkillfarms.com/visit/pick-your-own) on Thursday or Friday the weekend you plan to visit for the most up-to-date information. Reservations are required for all visits. During your visit, you can also enjoy their fall harvest festivals (held every weekend in September-October) with live music, food, and, of course, yummy apple cider donuts. Visit their on-site farm store and outdoor market for homemade pies and treats, artisanal cheeses, local meats, maple syrup, locally made coffee, tea, local NY state cider, and tons more. Fishkill Farms, 9 Fishkill Farm Road, Hopewell Junction, NY 12533. 845-897-4377. Fishkillfarms.com.

Greig Farm

Pick-your-own pumpkins at Greig Farm from late September until the end of October. They also have an impressive farmers’ market open daily (10:00am- 7:00pm) stocked with local goods and produce from all around the Hudson Valley as well as a kitchen that serves breakfast, lunch, and to-go dinners. Behind the barn, kids can feed pygmy goats and koi fish from their pond behind Grandiflora, The farm also has a three hiking loops that you and your family can explore and soak in the beauty of the Catskill Mountains as well as nearby ponds, geese, ducks, turtles, frogs, and more. The farm is open daily from 9:00am-7:00pm. Greig Farm, 227 Pitcher Lane., Red Hook, NY 12571. 845-758-8007. Greigfarm.com.

Harvest Moon Farm & Orchard

You can start picking your pumpkins at Harvest Moon Farm & Orchard on September 17th. During your visit enjoy live country music, a BBQ lunch, hot apple cider donuts, and much more! Shop their on-site farm store for apples, farm-pressed sweet and hard cider, pasture-raised meats, fresh baked goods, and more. This farm gets very busy and reservations are required to pick. 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. The pumpkin patch is open during the week and on apple picking on the weekends! Children under three years old are free. Parking entry is for one car only. Harvest Moon Farm & Orchard, 130 Hardscrabble Road, North Salem, NY 10560. 914-485-1210. Harvestmoonfarmandorchard.com.

Hurds Family Farm

Pumpkin picking starts in late September at Hurds Family Farm. They have tons of activities and attractions for families where you’ll find a bounce pillow, hayrides, giant slides, kids corral, a playground area, duck races, obstacle courses, nature trails, and corn mazes. This fall, they are also hosting a fall festival from August 26h-October 30th.

Pair your visit with some fall treats and food at Hurds with hot apple cider donuts, apple cider, local spirits, pizza, a variety of pies, maple syrup cotton candy, and much more! Hurds Family Farm is open on Saturday and Sunday from 9:00am-5:00pm and Monday and Friday from 10:00am-4:00pm. They offer different tiered tickets with a VIP ($23 per person) or ultimate ticket ($29 per person) options. ​Kids under age three are free, but must be accompanied by an adult. You can also purchase apple picking or pumpkin picking separately and pay for the activities a la carte. Hurds Family Farm, 2187 State Rte. 32, Modena, NY 12548. 845-883-7825. Hurdsfamilyfarm.com.

Kelder’s Farm

This farm is a bit of a drive from Westchester but it offers so many novelties that makes this day trip worth it. Enjoy pumpkin picking in September-October where you can find over a dozen varieties. They also have other fall favorites like gourds and squashes. During the fall, you and and your family can enjoy many events such as the fall harvest celebration from September 24th-October 31st, apple and pumpkin cannons, hay rides, and more! Tickets range from $12.95 per person (picking only) to $23.95 per person for a weekend pass. Kids two and under and adults 80 and older are free.  Note: They are a cashless farm; however you can load cash onto a Kelder’s Farm gift card. Kelder’s Farm, 5755 US Route 209, Kerhonkson, NY 12446, 845-626-7137. keldersfarm.com

Outhouse Orchards

Pick from a wide selection of pumpkins and gourds at Outhouse Orchards. You and your family can also enjoy hay rides, a corn maze, and yummy treats from their 1940s barn converted into a farm store. Outhouse Orchards, 139 Hardscrabble Road, North Salem, NY 10560. 914-277-3188. outhouseorchardsny.com

Stuart’s Fruit Farm

Opened since 1828, this family-run farm is open every day from 10:00am-5:00pm from now until November. You can pick pumpkins from the field, or purchase a pre-picked pumpkin at their on-site store. You can also find gourds, Indian corn and corn stalks. Stuart’s only accepts cash or checks. They also only use farm bags; no outside bags are permitted. Stuart’s Fruit Farm, 62 Granite Springs Road, Granite Springs, NY. 914-245-2784. Stuartsfarm.com.

Wilkens Fruit & Fir Farm

The pumpkin patch at Wilkens Fruit & Fir Farm is open Wednesdays-Mondays from 10:00am-4:30pm in October with anticipated start date of October 1st. There are no reservations needed and parking is free. The farm also has a bakery to get delicious pies and cider donuts can be ordered outside the bakery and a country market where you’ll find local crafts and country-themed gifts. Wilkens Farm, 1335 White Hill Road, Yorktown Heights, NY 10598. 914-245-5111. wilkensfarm.com.