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The Perfect Pumpkin

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Throughout October, many farms let you scour the fields for your ideal pumpkin, and pick it right off the vine. Some offer more than just a pumpkin patch, with fall festivals featuring live music, natural and delicious food, hayrides, spooky haunted houses and more. Picking your own pumpkin is the perfect fall activity that the whole family will enjoy!

Before making the trip, call ahead to check crop availability, activities and times of operation.

Westchester County, N.Y.

Harvest Moon Farm & Orchard

Country store, educational visits, produce program

130 Hardscrabble Road, North Salem

914-485-1210. harvestmoonfarmandorchard.com

Hilltop Hanover

1271 Hilltop Hanover St., Yorktown Heights

914-962-2368. hilltophanoverfarm.org

Outhouse Orchards

139 Hardscrabble Road, Croton Falls

914-277-3188. outhouseorchardsny.com

Stuart’s Fruit Farm

62 Granite Springs Road, Granite Springs

914-245-2784. stuartsfarm.com

Wilkens Fruit & Fir Farm

Hayrides

1313 White Hill Road, Yorktown Heights

914-245-5111. wilkensfarm.com

Dutchess County, N.Y.

Barton Orchards

63 Apple Tree Lane, Poughquag

845-227-2306. bartonorchards.com

Dykeman’s Farm

Pumpkin Patch open weekends in Oct.

823 West Dover Road, Pawling

845-832-6068. dykemanfarm.com

Greig Farm

223 Pitcher Lane, Red Hook

845-758-1234. greigfarm.com

Fishkill Farms

9 Fishkill Farms Road, Hopewell Junction

845-897-4377. fishkillfarms.com

Hahn Farm

Corn maze, pony rides, hay rides.

1697 Salt Point Turnpike, Salt Point

845-266-5042. hahnfarm.com

Fraleigh’s Rose Hill Farms

19 Rose Hill Farm, off Rte. 9, Red Hook

845-758-4215. pickrosehillfarm.com

Secor Pick-A-Pumpkin

63 Robinson Lane, Wappingers Falls

845-452-6883. pumpkinnook.com

Fairfield County, Conn.

Blue Jay Orchards

125 Plumtrees Road, Bethel

203-748-0119. bluejayorchardsct.com

Jones Family Farm

Hayrides, farm animals, corn maze.

606 Walnut Tree Road, Shelton

203-929-8425. jonesfamilyfarms.com

Silverman’s Farm

Hayrides, farm animals

451 Sport Hill Road, Easton

203-261-3306. silvermansfarm.com

Warrup’s Farm

Hayrides, farm animals

51 John Read Road, Redding

203-938-9403. warrupsfarm.com

Putnam County, NY

Salingers Orchard

230 Guinea Road, Brewster

845-277-3521. salingersorchard.com

Orange County, N.Y.

Apple Ridge Orchards

101 Jessup Road, Warwick

845-987-7717. info@appleridgeorchards.com

Hodgson’s Farm & Garden Center

2290 Albany Post Road, Walden

845-778-1432.

Lawrence Farms Orchard

39 Colandrea Road, Newburgh

845-562-4268. lawrencefarmsorchards.com

Masker Orchards

45 Ball Road, off Rte. 17A, Warwick

845-986-1058. maskers.com

Ochs Orchard

4 Ochs Lane, off Rte. 94, Warwick

845-986-1591. ochsorchard.net

Pierson’s Farm

Hayrides, corn maze, haunted barn

1448 Rte. 211 West, Middletown

845-386-1882. piersonsfarm.com

Rockland County, N.Y.

Dr. Davies Farm

306 Rte. 304, Congers

845-268-7020. drdaviesfarm.com

Duryea Farms

101 Ackertown Road, Chestnut Ridge

845-356-1988

The Orchards of Concklin

Corn maze, haunted house

Rte. 45 and South Mountain Road, Pomona

845-354-0369. theorchardsofconcklin.com

Ulster County, N.Y.

Apple Hill Farm

Hay rides and fire truck rides

124 Rte. 32 S, New Paltz

845-255-1605. applehillfarm.com

Dressel Farms

Pick your own on weekends only, hayrides

271 Rte. 208, New Paltz

845-255-0693. dresselfarms.com

Jenkins-Lueken Orchard

69 Yankee Folly Road, New Paltz

845-255-0999. jlorchards.com

Wilklow Orchards

341 Pancake Hollow Road, Highland

845-691-2339. wilkloworchards.com

— Sarah Niss

Halloween Pumpkin Carving Tips

Transforming pumpkins into cleverly carved creations is a Halloween tradition. Each October, glowing pumpkins take up residence near doorsteps and porches, adding to the magical ambiance of the season. Many people carve jack-o’-lanterns, with some featuring just smiling or grimacing faces while others are far more artistic creations. These tips can help anyone carve a pumpkin.

• Begin with a fresh pumpkin. Look for a pumpkin with a green stem. If the pumpkin has been sitting around for too long or has been handled too much, the stem can get brittle and fall off. A thick, fresh pumpkin is best for carving.

• Plan your ideas. Draw a plan for your pumpkin before you make your first cut. Then transfer that design to the pumpkin with pen or a thin marker. Pumpkin-carving kits come with designs that can be “traced” by poking small holes to create the outline of the design.

• Don’t cut all the way through. Many professional pumpkin artists do not actually cut clear through the flesh of the pumpkin. They carve and shave off layers of the outer rind until it becomes more translucent. The level of transparency can be adjusted based on how much skin is removed and can add texture and shadowing. The more air that penetrates the pumpkin, the faster the pumpkin will start to degrade.

• Delay carving until the last minute. Wait until the day before Halloween to begin carving. Pumpkins are a perishable item, and they’ll begin to rot as soon as you begin carving. Spritzing them with water can help them stay fresh, but there’s no turning back the clock once the first cut is made.

• Cut a hole in the back. According to Brooklyn-based Maniac Pumpkin Carvers, cutting off the top of the pumpkin can affect its structural integrity and cause it to rot faster. Instead, cut a hole in the back of the pumpkin and use an electric light to illuminate it. LEDs are advisable because they don’t generate much heat, which can cook and rot the pumpkin from the inside out.

Posted 12:00 am, October 2, 2017
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