Laugh with the kids as you wander your way through a maze of corn stalks, take a hayride in a tractor- or horse-drawn wagon, pick out the perfect pumpkin, or pet a friendly farm animal. You'll find one of autumn's best experiences at a New York farm, farm stand or farmers' market. With delicious fresh produce and opportunities for great family fun and adventure, it's an experience that can't be beat!
Fascinating Farm Tours
Farm tours are becoming more popular and many farms are proud to show off their operations. The Thurman Fall Farm Tour can't wait to host your family for walks and talks, crafts and music, and chats with llamas, horses and goats. Hanford Mills Museum features an authentic water-powered sawmill and gristmill and vintage woodworking machines, plus fresh and preserved local produce. At Long Island's Old Bethpage Village, a living 19th century colonial village lets you watch a blacksmith at work or sample a candlelit Thanksgiving dinner. Queens County Farm Museum offers 47 acres of pure farm nostalgia smack in the middle of the borough with historic farm buildings and animals, orchards and vineyards, farm vehicles and hayrides. Explore 777 acres at Westchester's Muscoot Farm through livestock barns, historic buildings, a farm museum and vegetable gardens.
Cooperstown's Farmers' Museum is a living 19th-century farm village populated with costumed interpreters going about their daily lives. Play colonial-era games like hoop-rolling and stilt-walking at Rochester's Genesee Country Village & Museum as you peek through dozens of faithfully restored buildings and livestock pens, listen to the clang of the blacksmith's hammer, and smell the aroma of fresh-baked pies as you watch potters, coopers and tinsmiths at work. Up in Thousand Islands country, Old McDonald's Farm Village in Sackett's Harbor beckons families to a 1,200-acre working dairy and crop farm where kids can hand-feed livestock, frolic with goats or take a pony ride while they learn about the region's rich agricultural heritage.
Pick Your Own Pumpkins, Apples and More
Want really fresh food? Go straight to the source! Visiting a local New York State farm with family or friends to pick pumpkins, apples, berries or many other fruits or vegetables is a fun way to get just what you want, often at lower prices. Kids young and old love the excitement of coming home with their own pumpkins, apples or other produce that they've picked!
You can pick fresh apples, pumpkins and more across the state, from Hank's Pumpkintown on Long Island, to Pumpkinville in Chautauqua-Allegheny with hayrides, a cider mill and family friendly activities. Other farms with markets and U-Pick opportunities include Murphy Orchards, a fruit farm and historic Underground Railroad site in Greater Niagara; Fruit Valley Orchard in Oswego; and Indian Ladder Farms in Altamont, where you can watch demonstrations of beekeeping, sheep shearing, and cider making in addition to picking your own pumpkins and other tasty fruits.
Hayrides & Corn Mazes
Welcome fall by taking a hayride at a farm, when you treat your family (and yourself!) to some old-fashioned country fun. Whether it's pulled by a tractor or horse-drawn, a hay wagon can take you on all kinds of adventures, from sweet to scary. For even more fun, try to find your way out of a corn maze. The clever designs and themes at many farms' corn mazes change from year to year!
Little ones will love stopping at the Our Farm in Central New York for pony rides, hay rides, a corn maze, petting zoo, and pumpkins to pick. Liberty Ridge Farm in the Capital-Saratoga region offers their day corn maze with puzzles to clues helping you find your way. At night visit the "Field of Screams" maze and try to make it out without screaming! Harbes Family Farms on Long Island leads sing-along family hayrides every weekend through October. Adults can also take a hayride tour through the vineyard and taste their award-winning chardonnays and merlots. In the Catskills, travel through a corn maze, pick a pumpkin, take get a hayride, and buy fresh baked goods at Saunderskill Farms in Accord. And, at Tucker Farms in the Adirondacks, the theme of this year's Great Adirondack Corn Maze is, "Mr. and Mrs. Potato Head Vacation in the Adirondacks."
The advantage of fresher food is clear: it tastes better. And food never tastes fresher than when it is from your local farmers' market, farm stand or greenmarket. Many shoppers are changing their grocery buying habits for healthier and tastier choices. And, produce featuring the Pride of New York logo assures you that you're getting the freshest, most wholesome and healthy fruits and vegetables.
Fall is a busy time at the Schenectady Greenmarket, a year-round marketplace featuring local produce and foods from scores of vendors. Right through fall, the Kingston Farmers' Market is typical of the local farm markets springing up across the state with organic fruits, farm-raised meats, jams and honeys, cheeses and maple products. The Woodstock Farm Festival serves up fresh local produce and outdoor dining with a dash of peace, love and music. Ithaca Farm Market is situated on the waterfront and features everything from produce, cheese and meats to crafts and furniture.
From Buffalo to Lake Placid to Rhinebeck, farm markets burst with Hudson Valley apples, Finger Lakes grapes and Adirondack berries. New York City's Greenmarket has grown to 54 citywide locations with over 230 participating family farms and providers of veggies and grains, spices and spirits, hearth-baked breads, cheeses, sauces and jams. As you drive along western New York's Amish Trail, don't forget to stop for farm-fresh produce and handmade crafts with old world charm. For more farmers' markets in New York State, visit Taste NY.
Farmers' Museum, Cooperstown
Genesee Country Village & Museum, Rochester
Hanford Mills Museum
Old Bethpage Village Restoration
Old McDonald's Farm Village
Queens County Farm Museum
Thurman Fall Farm Tour
Beacon Farmers' Market
Clayton Farmers' Market
Cooperstown Farmers' Market
Coxsackie Farmers Market
Critz Farms Fall Harvest Festival
Eagle Mills Cider Mill
Elmwood Bidwell Market
Farmers' Market Federation of NY
Glens Falls Farmers' Market
Grow NYC Greenmarkets
Kingston Farmers' Market
The Lembke Farm
New York Apple Country
New York City Greenmarkets
New York State Farmers' Markets
Rhinebeck Farmers' Market
Rochester Farmers' Market
Sullivan County Farmers' Markets
Woodstock Farm Festival