Autumn is in full swing and it's a beautiful time of year to be outdoors! We've told you all about the wonderful fall festivals and where to go apple picking. Now we're turning our attention to the great pumpkins.
We've rounded up our favorite places to go pumpkin picking in the Lower Hudson Valley. Sure, you can buy your pumpkins from the supermarket or your local farmer's market, but if you're looking for a more authentic experience, head to one of these nearby pumpkin patches. (Remember to contact the farms before heading out. Many are family owned and operated, and hours may change with little or no notice.)
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Harvest Moon Farm & Orchard - North Salem
130 Hardscrabble Road
This family-run farm offers pick-your-own pumpkins daily, and its pumpkin patch opens Saturday, September 16, 2017. On weekends through October, enjoy "Fall Festivals" with farm animals, pony rides, bouncy castles, hayrides, apple cannons(!) and more (additional fees range from $5-$10). The farm also offers homemade doughnuts, cider, produce and fresh eggs.
There's no shortage of pumpkins at Harvest Moon. Photo courtesy of the farm.
Stuart's Fruit Farm - Granite Springs
62 Granite Springs Road
Pick your own pumpkins straight from the vine starting Saturday, September 16, 2017, and enjoy tractor-pulled hay rides on the weekends, fresh cider doughnuts, farm store and picnic area.
Wilkens Fruit & Fir Farm - Yorktown Heights
1335 White Hill Road
Wilkens offers pumpkin picking beginning the last week in September (call to confirm). While you're there, check out the three farm markets for homemade cider to freshly baked pies, doughnuts and strudel sticks.
Muscoot Farm - Katonah
51 Route 100
Muscoot has limited pumpkin picking during the fall. It will have picking on Columbus Day weekend in 2017 as part of its Pumpkin Picking Autumn Celebration.
Wright Family Farm - Warwick
329 Kings Highway
This family-friendly farm offers free hayrides to its pumpkin patch. For an additional fee, you can take a trip through the 5-acre corn maze, play in the corn box, ride the pedal carts and cow train, slide down the tube slide, play pumpkin bowling and more. Tickets for the "Barnyard" with this extra fun can be purchased in advance. Open weekends and Columbus Day.
Wright Family Farm has free hayrides out to its patch. Photo credit: Lisa Johnston of Mommy Poppins.
Pierson’s Farm – Middletown
1448 Route 211 West
Pierson’s will begin its 2017 pumpkin-picking season on Saturday, September 23. In addition to selecting that orange beauty, families can have the full farm-fun package with two corn mazes (4 acres and 1 acre), spider web crawl, tube glider swing, hayrides, farm store and a petting zoo. Animal lovers can see the extensive number of farm animals at Pierson’s, such as cows, rabbits, baby ducks and chicken, sheep, turkeys and more. Entrance fees range from $3 to $9 per person depending on the activities. Kids 2 and under are free. Pumpkins can be picked seven days a week, but hayrides are offered only on weekends.
Dykeman Farm - Pawling
31 Dykeman Lane
About one hour north of central Westchester, Dykeman Farm offers pick-your-own pumpkins, free tractor-pulled hayrides, corn pits and face painting. Open weekends in October plus Columbus Day. Credit cards are accepted, but the farm does warn that this is dependent on the cell service in the field.
Fishkill Farms - Hopewell Junction
9 Fishkill Farm Road
Just under an hour from central Westchester, Fishkill Farms uses natural growing practices and offers a pick-your-own pumpkin patch, weekend fall festivals, corn maze, tractor-pulled hay rides (weekends only), live music and farm animals. Pumpkins are available for purchase beginning Saturday, September 16, 2017, and Fishkill told us it hopes to have picking starting September 23. There is a $5 admission fee for fruit and vegetable picking for ages 13 and older, except on Tuesdays when admission is free. See our full write-up for everything you need to know about this eco-friendly farm.
Originally published 2013 and updated for 2017.
Top photo courtesy of Dykeman Farm.