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Pumpkin Picking in and Around NJ It's almost fall. The days are getting shorter and cooler, the leaves will soon be turning color.
Time to get out to a local farm, enjoy a hayride out to the pumpkin patch and pick out your own pumpkin.

When I was originally writing this post I was going to list all the farms in the area by county but there are a lot a websites out there that already do that (I will provide links to those Sites at the end of this post).
Instead I decided to list a few farms that I have been to and give you my opinion about what I feel are the great places to visit and why you should check them out. So without further ado here they are.

Demarest Farms in Hillsdale NJ
If you Live in or around Bergen county you can't beat Demarest farms. It is so close and boasts both apple and pumpkin Picking (Pumpkin Picking Starts Sept 26th)
Get your bag for Apple picking then cross the street and take a hayride out to the orchard and Pumpkin patch
They also have a corn maze and decorate the store for Halloween.
Demarest Farms has great pies and other food items as well as holiday items.
Tip: Go During the week and pay Just nine Dollars for the Hayride and up to 15 pounds of apples.

Schaefer Farms in Flemington NJ
Although this farm is a bit of a ride (about and hour and 15 minutes from the GWB) For Pumpkin Picking I don't think it gets any better. You and your family can take a hayride out into their 40 acre Pumpkin Patch and pick out a pumpkin that is still on the vine.
They also have farm animals and a corn maze and the farm stand is filled with fall items. From Schaefer farms own Indian corn, gourds, kale, corn stalks and a wide variety of colorful mums to
apple cider and fresh baked pies from local vendors. Afterwards take a train ride on the Black River Railroad (This September be part of the The Great Train Robbery) or checkout the Liberty Village outlets of Flemington

Apple Picking at Maskers in NY
Maskers Orchard in Warwick NY
About an hour and 15 minutes from the GWB Maskers is a 200 acre Apple Orchard and starting September 19th the pumpkin patch will be open. The Orchard is really beautiful and you can drive out and have a picnic on the grounds if you wish. Many families bring a wagon for hauling their little ones and their apples. (I personally prefer the doodlebug bike trailer - but that's me any excuse to ride) The orchard also has a large country store with lots of neat and tasty items as well as a nice place to sit and relax for a while. Maskers Orchard has a number of Upcoming Events including clowns, music, and Pony rides. For a complete schedule of special events click here. After you are done at the Orchard Checkout the Warwick Winery and Distillery

Some Recommendations from Friends
Casola Farms in Holmdel
Not too far about an hour from the GWB. They have a hay ride, corn maze, petting zoo and a cowboy show! It should be a lot of fun for all the kids.

"And yes I am aware that only I can find an EYEtalian pumpkin farm complete with a sausage and pepper stand!" (from Kim)

Scroll down to the bottom of their page to get your coupons and save up to $3.00

Heaven Hill Farm in Vernon, NJ
Family fun for all ages every Saturday and Sunday from September 19 to October 25 including Monday, Columbus Day. Enjoy the scenic countryside on an old-fashioned hayride. Features pumpkin picking on a 40 acre pumpkin patch, pig races “Pigtuckey Derby”, feeding the farm animals, a petting zoo, learning the work habits of bees with an up close look inside their hives, a hay maze and hay crawl to a Hay Mountain, a corn maze, the Boo Barn offering animated entertainment for the young and young-at-heart, and the Haunted Acres Hayride every Friday and Saturday through October 30 from 7-10 p.m.

General Admission of $6 ( FREE for children ages 3 and under) . includes designing a customized sand art masterpiece and choosing your very own personalized “tattoo” at the face painting booth. (from Nancy)

Country Charm Farm Harvest and Pumpkin Festival New Paltz, NY
Walk among fun-filled, life-size scarecrows amid panoramic views of the Shawangunk Mountains.
Phone: 914-255-4321

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