This Fall, Head to these Farms & Farmers Markets in the NYC Suburbs

Oct 23, 2020

From petting zoos to pick-your-own to fresh-baked seasonal treats, these local farms and markets have it all

This fall, explore the NYC suburbs by farm. Not only can you dig in—literally—to some of the best local produce and fresh-baked goods, but your kids can run, play and explore in the great outdoors. If you’re heading to the ‘burbs be sure and add these farms to your must-see list. Plenty are serving up amazing eats onsite and to-go, making it easy to plan a picnic or grab meals to take to the next town on your list.

NEW JERSEY Adma’s Farm (Wyckoff, NJ) Open daily starting at 8am, Adma’s Farm has been run by the same family for five generations. Today the 32-acre farm—Bergen County’s only produce and poultry farm—is a go-to for fresh meat, eggs, plants and baked goods. Also onsite: a 200-year-old barn that, now, houses a “from scratch” bakery and gourmet kitchen. The farm is open every day except Sunday. In addition to the pick-your-own options, bakery and market, visitors can check out the barnyard animals and the onsite winery. In the fall, Adma’s also hosts hayrides, scarecrow-making and more.

Demarest Farms (Hillsdale, NJ) One of the biggest farm stores in the area, Demarest Farms is known for its eclectic offerings, from a fresh salad bar and country bakery to an onsite deli, ice cream parlor, homemade doughnuts and apple cider. While there, you can also pick apples, pumpkins and peaches—all pick-your-own requires reservations, so be sure to book in advance. Through Halloween, the farm is also hosting a series of outdoor movie nights—check the schedule for times, concession stand menus and reservation information. Then, starting in November, Demarest Farms opens its brilliant light display, Orchard of Lights, to benefit St. Jude’s. Check the site for more ticketing info.

Terhune Orchards (Princeton, NJ) Spread across 200 acres, Terhune Orchards offers some of the most diverse pick-your-own options in the ‘burbs. During fall, visitors can pick apples, pumpkins, strawberries, blueberries and more. In addition, this sustainable farm grows 46 different crops, all for sale in Terhune’s onsite market. And in that market? Expect a true taste of fall—pies, doughnuts, cookies and other freshly-baked goods, all made onsite with local and farm-produced ingredients. After grabbing a bite, kids can meet the barnyard animals, jump on a tractor or hit the Farm Trail, a half-mile loop through woods and pastures (yes, it’s wide enough for strollers). Terhune is also known for its wine and its seasonal events. Running now through November 1, Terhune Orchards has fully transformed into a fall playscape, perfect for families. In addition to apple and pumpkin picking, kids can come face-to-face with barnyard animals, hop on a pony ride or pedal tractor then, together, you can all conquer the hay bale maze. There will also be live music and a chance to tour the Adventure Barn—this year’s barn theme is “Life on the Farm.”

Lee Turkey Farm (East Windsor, NJ) As the name suggests, Lee Turkey Farm is known for its oven-ready turkeys, available year-round. But this family farm is so much more than turkey. This fall, families can pick or pick up apples, pumpkins, corn, tomatoes, peppers, eggplants, broccoli, cabbage, beans, lettuce and spinach. Scoop up your family’s favorite veggie and don’t forget to grab a frozen fruit or cream pie. This year, Lee Turkey Farm is also hosting an extensive corn maze, ideal for families. Working together, you’ll tackle the “Cornavirus”-themed maze—there’s only one way out. Admission is $6 per person. Farm tours are also available—group tours have been canceled for the season, but you can call ahead for schedules and customized tours.

Wightman Farms (Morristown, NJ) Operating for nearly 100 years, this working farm and market has everything from grown-on-site produce to dairy to meat, eggs, baked goods, beverages, pantry staples and homemade ice cream. The farm also offers pick-your-own apples—check the schedule for more information. For the last five years, Wightman has also offered a popular CSA program. This year’s boxes included new crops including cantaloupe, garlic and fingerling potatoes.

WESTCHESTER Alfred B. DelBello Muscoot Farm (Katonah, NY) A seasonal go-to for Westchester families, Muscoot Farm dates back to the early 20th century. Now, it’s a family favorite, with lots to do for the kids—think hands-on demos, access to farm animals, hayrides and maple syrup-making, plus opportunities to pick-your-own throughout the season. While, right now, the buildings at Muscoot Farm are closed, visitors can still walk the grounds and hiking trails daily from 10am to 4pm—and, while you’re there, be sure to hit up the farmer’s market onsite. Walk-ins are now welcome, though plan to arrive early (the market opens at 9:30am on Sundays) for prime picks.

Fable: From Farm to Table (Ossining, NY) This is, no doubt, a farm like you’ve never seen before. Dedicated to modern, organic, sustainable farming, at Fable you can watch live farming demos first-hand before scooping up veggies, eggs, honey and baked goods at the on-site market. Fable is open Fridays, Saturdays and Sunday from 11am to 3pm, all year long—though fall is, hands down, considered their peak season. On November 7 and 8 they’ll be hosting their annual Yorktown Fall Farm Weekend, a seasonal event spanning all of the local Westchester farms including Fable, Wilkens Fruit & Fir, Yorktown Farm and more.

Teatown’s Enchanted Forest (Ossining, NY) For the next two Fridays and Saturdays, Teatown—also in Ossining—transforms into an enchanted forest, home to fun animal ambassadors and plenty of treats. Come in costume and stroll through the woods, with an eye on breaking the spell once and for all. Timed entries run from 12:00pm-3:00pm. Purchase tickets in advance to confirm your arrival. Tickets are $13 for kids and $7 for adults.

Home of the “Legend” (Irvington, NY) Now through November 8, head to Irvington for this popular annual festival centered on Washington Irving, Irvington’s namesake resident and author of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. Families can tour Irving’s historic home, then take part in a literature-themed scavenger hunt onsite. Advanced tickets are required.

Hemlock HIll Farm (Cortlandt Manor, NY) A serious working farm, Hemlock Hill has been run by the same family for three generations. Today, the farm is home to tons of animals including cattle, lambs, duck, chickens, goats and pigs. Swing by for a tour (be sure to call ahead for a reservation: 914-737-2810 X3) or stop by the on-site store for butchered meats, free-range organic eggs, produce and more. The farm is open daily, now through December, from 8am to 6pm.

Thompson’s Cider Mill (Croton-on-Hudson, NY) If you’ve got a sweet tooth, Thompson’s is your farm. This Westchester hotspot is open from September through Thanksgiving, Saturdays and Sundays from 10am to 5:30pm and, this season, is brimming with goodies—pies, homemade maple syrup, sweet and hard ciders and, of course, fresh-picked apples and pears. Grab a snack and sit on the beautiful grounds, overlooking Swope’s Pond—it’s the perfect spot to snag a selfie or two.

Wilkens Fruit & Fir Farm (Yorktown Heights, NY) One of the best pick-your-own farms in the area, Wilkens is open with plenty of apples, pumpkins and peaches ready to pick and take home. Stop by Wednesday through Monday—bags will be provided. Arrive early to ensure admission—to ensure social distancing, daily space is limited. After scooping up fresh-picked produce, head to the on-site market to grab your fill of doughnuts, pies, cider and more, hit the corn maze for some added family fun and, while the kids are snacking on their treats, head to the Wilkens winery. Heading up in late November or December? Wilkens becomes a festive Christmas tree farm through late December.

LONG ISLAND Schmitt Family Farm Festival (Dix Hills, NY) Running Saturdays and Sundays through Halloween (and again Columbus Day weekend), the Schmitt Family Farm Festival celebrates all things fall. Here, your kids can grab a pumpkin or two, then hop on a hayride or animal train ride through the farm. From there, you’ll have plenty to choose from, including a maze, duck races, bounce house and plenty of local fruits, veggies and baked goods—don’t miss out on the roasted corn and apple cider… The festival runs from 10:00am to 6:00pm. Admission is free—fees apply for food, games and rides.

Hicks Nursery Fall Festival (Westbury, NY) Every October, this popular Long Island nursery becomes a must-see fall fest, ideal for kids. Hop on a hayride around Hicks (this year it’s pirate-themed!), check out the farm animals, decorate a pumpkin or participate in a seasonal craft or gardening workshop—there are plenty for kids and adults. And, of course, be sure to fill up on fresh-picked apples and homemade apple cider. The fun is on right now through this weekend, with “Otto’s Pirate Adventure”—a new animated story/performance—running until Halloween. Admission is free—hayride tickets are $5 each. For those who want the full festival experience, snag a POP bracelet for $25. Bracelets include unlimited hayrides, a sand art workshop, pumpkin decorating, face painting, popcorn and an Otto the Ghost trick-or-treat bag.

Fall Farm Festival at White Post Farms (Melville, NY) Though this farm is a go-to year-round, during fall many families from around Long Island and NYC make the trek to White Post Farms for its annual Fall Farm Festival. Kids can explore White Post’s extensive grounds, home to tons of animals including Patches, the resident GIRAFFE! After meeting the animals, kids can jump in on a fall sing-a-long, grab a spot on the next hayride or tour the bird aviary onsite. There’s also a playground, play-in-the-hay station, bouncers and pumpkin picking. Special guests are also slated to appear through the event, including Rodeo Ricky and Nick’s Kids Show. The festival runs from 10:00am to 4:00pm, through this weekend and, again, over Columbus Day weekend.

Elwood Pumpkin Farm (Huntington, NY) While Elwood is known for its pumpkins, there’s tons to do at this Long Island family farm. Kids can hop on a hayride, make their way through a corn maze or grab a fresh-baked treat. The farm is open weekends from 10am to 5pm and weekdays 3pm to 5 pm or by appointment. In November and December, Elwood becomes one of the area’s most popular Christmas tree farms, with trees up to 25’.

Jericho Cider Mill (Jericho, NY) Opened in 1820, Jericho Cider Mill is a fall favorite, known for its fresh apple cider made onsite and it’s popular pies, made from a century-old family recipe. When they’re gone, they’re gone, so be sure to arrive early—the fruit pies freeze well, so we recommend grabbing an extra (or two…) while you’re there. Also amazing: homemade caramel apples, doughnuts and plenty of local apples. The mill is open daily from 10am to 6pm. If you plan to be in the area for Thanksgiving (or, even, in Queens or the Hamptons), order your pies during your visit—pre-orders begin November 1 and the cider mill will be delivering through Nassau, Queens and the Hamptons.

Kerber’s Farm (Huntington, NY) First opened in the 1940s, today Kerber’s Farm is one of the last working farms on Long Island, with a sought-after line of packaged goods sold across the country—chances are, you’ve spotted Kerber’s Farms Provisions pancake mix, cocoa, cookie mix, sauce and oils at Neiman Marcus and Williams-Sonoma. While the packaged goods are great, snagging those treats are nothing in comparison to stopping by in person. The onsite market offers everything from artisanal jams to hand-poured candles to tomatoes, herbs, eggs and more. And don’t forget about their fresh-baked pies (Oprah named their signature Kerberry Pie one of her Favorites Things in 2018) or breakfast and lunch from their “Kerb-side” menu. You can even stay over at the farm—the three-room cottage and Captain’s Cottage is open for overnight guests.

Meyer’s Plant & Produce Farm (Woodbury, NY) This family-owned and operated farmstand is packed with fresh veggies—30-plus locally-grown options, including cauliflower, broccoli, winter squash, onions, potatoes, beans and more. Throughout the season, you can also snag watermelon, corn and other essentials. But it’s not just about the veggies—Meyer’s fresh-baked crumb cake sells out daily, as do their signature pies and cookies.

Richters Orchard (Northport, NY) This working family farm is known for all things apple—fresh-picked apples, apple cider, apple cider doughnuts, apple pies and even caramel-infused vodka. On weekends, Richters’ full bakery menu is available—so it’s a prime time to swing by the barn. On November 19, the farm will be hosting its Fall into Fun with Richters Orchard. The virtual event is $65 per person and includes a ½ peck of local apples, ½ gallon of cider, caramel vodka and a chance to win a fall harvest baskets. RSVP by November 17—goodies will be delivered across Long Island, in time for the event.

Rottkamp Farms (Glen Head, NY) This sprawling farm and farm stand has long been a go-to for Long Island families in search of the freshest pumpkins, gourds, corn, collards, kale, kohlrabi and Swiss chard. Arrive early—when the veggies, fruits and fresh baked goods are gone, they’re gone. Young’s Farm (Glen Head, NY) Just down the road from Rottkamp Farms, Young’s Farms—founded in 1892 and still run by the original family—this working farm and market sells veggies, fruits and flowers grown onsite and from other local Long Island farms. In addition to fresh-grown goodies, visitors can also snag cheese, prepared foods, jams, candy and tons of baked goods—they bake all day long, so be sure to wait and grab a still-hot pie before heading home. The market is open from 10am to 5pm Tuesday through Saturday and Sundays from 11am to 4pm.

CONNECTICUT FARMS Sam Bridge Nurseries (Greenwich, CT) Hop on a literary- and pop culture-themed hayride through this bucolic farm, and all the way to their legendary pumpkin patch. After, hit up the farmers market (open Saturdays), which has been in operation for nearly a century. This year’s will be a hybrid indoor/outdoor market with tons of popular local farmers and food producers, including Wave Hill Breads, The Local Catch and Four Mile Rivers Farm. Then, starting November 28, the market transforms into a holiday shopping extravaganza, complete with local merchants, artisans and plenty of foodie gifts. One change this year: the 21st annual Build-A-Scarecrow Workshop is now a take-home project—families can grab their kit to-go, then share their creations via email or social media.

Castle Hill Farm (Newtown, CT) Castle Hill is all about fall. This season, families can jump into the farm’s corn maze, explore the pumpkin patch, hop on a hayride or take a quick pony ride at the onsite petting zoo. After checking out the grounds, swing through the Castle Farm market for fresh eggs, produce, baked goods and concessions. There’s ample space for a picnic, too—outside food is welcome. The farm is open Monday through Friday from 2pm to 5pm and weekends from 11am to 5pm through November 2. The Night Maze is open from October 24 to November 2, from 6pm to 9pm. Once fall activities commence, Castle Hill is open for cut-your-own Christmas trees.

Silverman’s Farm (Easton, CT) Head to Silverman’s for pick-your-own apples (plus, as available, raspberries, blueberries and peaches), a pumpkin patch, hayrides and a petting zoo. Peak crops are available in October and the Silverman’s greenhouse and florist is in full swing. The Country Market is also open daily from 9am to 5pm—stock up on fruits and veggies, dairy products, jams and jellies, eggs, condiments, baked goods and fresh ice cream. Get your farm on in these amazing NYC suburbs—or get in touch to schedule your Suburbs Strategy session and start refining your must-see list.

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