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The Queens County Farm offers free farmhouse tours on weekends, and visits with livestock, trips to the orchard, and more, every day. Whether you’re after some beautiful fall foliage or want to stock up on fresh and seasonal ingredients, visits to the farm are a great way to celebrate fall. October will feature several fall-themed events such as a cider festival and pumpkin patch. Adult classes and events are also hosted every month, if you want to learn more about agriculture, bee-keeping, or just embrace a few hours of life outside the busier parts of the city.
|The Farmhouse at Queens County Farm –credit|
Alstede Farms in New Jersey is accessible by NJ Transit (Gladstone Station). In addition to its renowned market store, the property has fun fall activities like a giant corn maze. Tomatoes, pumpkins, berries, flowers, apples, and more, are all available for picking, and prices start at just 65 cents per pound.
|Fall in New Jersey can feel rustic –credit|
Wilkens Farm is upstate (take the Metro-North to Croton-Harmon station) and promotes DIY harvests throughout the year –– from Jack-o’-lantern pumpkins to Christmas trees. They have over 12 varieties of apples available to pick in the fall, as well as three farm stands featuring their homegrown produce as well as cider and baked goods.
And if you prefer to stay at home and enjoy fresh fall flavors in bed, check out local crop-shares or order local produce online from GoodEggs. The San Francisco start-up now delivers to five locations in Brooklyn, and hopefully soon to Manhattan. Pick your produce online, it will be harvested by local farmers and delivered straight to your home. Pick-up locations are also in Williamsburg on Fridays, if you don’t live in a delivery area.
In the city, there are plenty of prepared meals celebrating fall foods, as well.
|Dinner atop Brooklyn Grange –credit|
With all the scents and flavors of the season, it’s hard to not want to get your food right from the source. Even in the city, there is an abundance of ways to connect with nature and enjoy the fall harvest.
Happy Fall in NYC!