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The kids are back in school and the days are getting shorter, which means harvest season is upon us. Fall’s all about digging into fresh Jersey produce at a farm or festival. Here are some of our faves:
Throw down at Pequannock Twp.’s 36th Annual Family Hoedown on September 15 in Greenview Park. Hop on kiddie, pony and hayrides, visit the petting zoo and make a splash at the dunk tank. There’s also live music, food vendors, games and crafts.
Heaven Hill Farm’s Great Pumpkin Festival in Vernon Twp. runs from September 15-November 4 and features more than 30 attractions like pig races, an obstacle course, monster slingshots, a spider web crawl, a petting zoo and other traditional activities like a corn maze plus hay, pony and carnival rides.
On September 22, the 32nd Annual Hopewell Harvest Fair will be in full swing. Stop by for hay and pony rides, a petting zoo, corn maze and kids’ games. There’ll also be contests, art and other attractions to get you in the harvest spirit.
From September 22 through October 28, Princeton’s Terhune Orchards will host Family Fall Fun Weekends, which means the kids can pick apples and pumpkins, plus snap pics on pony and wagon rides and inside the corn maze. Visit farm animals, paint a pumpkin then dig into chili, pies and apple cider donuts.
Bring your squad for Family Feud, pony rides, displays from the National Guard, a State Police helicopter and County Sheriff drones all at the Branchburg Country Fair on September 29. Chill at the 4-H petting zoo with some furry friends, hit the moonwalk and donate to the food drive.
On weekends from September 29-October 28, hit Snyder’s Farm in Somerset for Fall Festival activities like hayrides, pumpkin picking, a corn maze, moon bounce, potato sack slide, pedal carts, food and music for the whole fam.
Head to Lupardi’s Nursery in Closter for Fall Fun. From late September to the end of October, you’ll find tractor-pulled hayrides, pumpkins and a feeding zoo where the kids can hang with sheep, goats, llamas, piglets and more. Don’t forget to take a trip into the six-acre corn maze shaped like a rooster, which features stamping stations among the stalks.
On weekends in September, hit up Alstede Farms in Chester for Farm Family Fun for pony rides and moon bounces. Take a wagon ride, hang in the corn kingdom and take a picturesque trip around the farm.
Head to Ochs Orchard in Warwick, NY throughout September for ripe veggies, tomatoes and apples. You might catch the tail end of peach season, too, if you make the trip at the beginning of the month.
On October 6, The Farm Cooking School’s Homestead Fest in Titusville will be all about live music, workshops and picnics inspired by fresh produce.
In October, you’ll want to make a pit stop at Oasis Family Farm in Robbinsville, where there’ll be plenty of pumpkins to pick (and carve). There’ll also be wagon rides, gem mining, a fossil adventure and a haunted attraction on Friday and Saturday nights.