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Top 10 Fun Fall Farm Visits

Fall in New England is a wonderful time to be outdoors, and, fortunately, many farms are open, bursting with fresh farm food, fruits and vegetables, and welcoming visitors. Conditions have changed during Covid-19, but many farms are still running corn mazes -- with more space for people to move around and keep social distance -- along with pumpkin patches and farm animal visits and farm stands. Plan your farm visit today; kids love the farm.

Top 10 Fun Fall Farm Visits in New England
beans and green farm
New Hampshire -- Beans & Greens Farm

245 Intervale Road Gilford, NH Phone: 603-293-2853

Hours: Hours: Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

Food and fun ahead. The farm stand sells annuals and perennials or bunches of flowers cut on the farm. Stock up on farm-fresh foods at the deli, and enjoy the selection of produce, bakery goods and meats, in particular GMO-free turkeys in time for Thanksgiving. While some people in the family shop, adventurers can tackle a difficult, multi-acre corn maze filled with turns, dead ends, loops, open squares and bridges. The corn maze is open daily, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., through Halloween, and is also open Friday nights in October for night maze adventures (by reservation). Always check weather to confirm that the maze will be open and wear appropriate clothing. Masks required; no dogs allowed. Purchases maze tickets online at the farm's website.
wolfe's neck center
Maine – Wolfe’s Neck Center

184 Burnett Road Freeport, ME Phone: 207-865-4469

Hours: Daily, dawn to dusk. See website for specific programs

This is a farming and environmental education center and the programs for the public are prolific! Some examples: Family Farmyard on Saturdays & Sundays – The Education Barn is where families can find special pop-in activities, meet animals, hear stories and dive into a scavenger hunt. Private Farm Tour -- Get behind the scenes during this one-hour tour among the animals and places on the farm. Private Goat Hike -- Head out onto the trails and pastures with a few of goats to explore the land. Moovin' in the Pasture: Walk with Cows -- Visit one of the most interesting places on the whole farm: the pastures. Milking Parlor Viewing – This is a closer look into the dairy operations. Ice Cream Sunday – No explanation needed! Hay Wagon Ride for 30 minutes -- Ride through West Bay’s pastures and vegetable field. A great outing for families.
smolak farms
Massachusetts – Smolak Farms

315 South Bradford Street North Andover, MA Phone: 978-682-6332

Hours: PYO daily, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. See website for specific events.

Fun Fall Weekends at the farm happens every weekend in September and October 2020. Regular fall weekend activities include an Outdoor Story & Craft. Admission to the story and craft time includes a story, craft, donut snack, animal feed, and four apples picked by each child; story and theme changes weekly. Tickets must be reserved ahead of time by emailing education@smolakfarms.com, No tickets will be available at time of event. Also coming up on weekend are themed hayrides; walking tours; apple picking; and hop-on hayrides. Come visit the farm animals. See all events. Events
whitcombs land of pumpkins
Vermont – Whitcomb’s Land of Pumpkins and Corn Maze

347 Fay Lane Williston, VT Phone: 802-879-5239

Hours: Wednesday and Friday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

This is a place that specialized in pumpkins – including giant ones – along with gourds and other fall decoratives. (In 2020, PYO pumpkins is not being done.) A super activity here is to navigate the four-acre corn maze. Look for five checkpoints, with facts about dairy cows and dairy products. After you have found all five checkpoints you will have the information to solve a word scramble. Also: hidden in the maze are a candy jackpot a specially marked ear of corn that will win for the finder a free small pumpkin or gourds. Admission to the corn maze: Age five and older, $5. Dogs on leash allowed. Cash, credit and checks accepted.
scotts yankee farm
Connecticut -- Scott’s Yankee Farmer

436 Boston Post Road East Lyme, CT Phone: 860-739-5209

Hours: Weekends: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; store open daily 9 a.m.-6 p.m.

This farm has the whole range of fall entertainment for families, along with lots of good traditional fall treats to eat. Daily entertainment includes pick-your-own apples and sunflowers; walks through the pollinator corn maze, and pick-your-own pumpkins. The farm store, offering lots of good food, is open daily. On weekends, enjoy wagon rides and apple cinnamon donuts made fresh on Saturdays and Sundays. Reservations are required on weekends for apple picking and corn maze; no reservations are needed on weekdays.
plaskos farm
Connecticut -- Plaskos Farm

670 Daniels Farm Road Trumbull, CT Phone: 203-268-2716

Hours: Creamery open daily; corn maze open weekends, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.

There is a lot for families to do at this Connecticut farm in the fall. The 4.5-acre corn maze is open in 2020 and this will be the 20th anniversary of the maze. The maze is a wild ride of twisting passages through ten-foot-tall corn stalks, demanding teamwork and good memories. Also, enjoy hayrides, farm animals, apple cider donuts, just-pressed apple cider and homemade ice cream (visitors can watch ice cream being made through a guest viewing window). Buy pumpkins, mums, ornamental fall plants like corn stalks and Indian corn.
New Hampshire – Beech Hill Farm

107 Beech Hill Road Hopkinton, NH Phone: 603-223-0828

Hours: Weekdays, 2-8 p.m.; Weekends noon-8 p.m. Corn maze will close at dusk

Beech Hill Farm and Ice Cream Barn are equipped for every form of farm-based pleasure. Order from 75 flavors of Blake’s and Gifford’s ice cream, frozen yogurt, or belly up to a make-your-own sundae bar. More good farm food, like pasture-raised beef, is for sale at the farm store. Visit with farm animals, stroll the one-mile Rhododendron Nature Trail or try your skill at two corn mazes. This year’s maze is an 8-acre cornfield split into two separate mazes, with lots of room for social distancing, The 2020 maze themes are “Ocean Action” and “Animal Olympics.”Maze entry is $6 per person and this includes both mazes. Children age 3 years and younger admitted for free.
cucumber hill farm
Rhode Island -- Cucumber Hill Farm

39 Cucumber Hill Road Foster, RI Phone: 401-397-7500

Hours: Saturday, 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Columbus Day weekend, Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; Monday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

This farm in the rural part of northwestern Rhode Island has plenty of fall activities, including a weekend night flashlight maze, which have not been very plentiful during 2020 and the Covid seasons. The 2020 corn maze theme is “Best Movie Quotes.” The flashlight maze is Saturday night, and there is a lantern-lit hayride. Also bring the family to enjoy PYO pumpkins and pony rides. Discounts for veterans and active duty military families.
thunder road farm
Maine – Thunder Road Farm

185 Newport Road Corinna, ME Phone: 207-278-3708

Hours: Farm stand, daily 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. to late October.

The corn maze theme at thunder Road Farm this year is Maine author Stephen King’s scary clown, “It.” But don’t worry: it’s still only corn. The maze consists of a shorter, 15-minute walk for younger kids and a longer, one-hour walk for the more adventurous visitor. Because of Covid-19, trails have been made wider to allow greater distance. Also this year the farm offers PYO pumpkins and a play area. The farm stand sells fresh fruits, berries, vegetables and herbs, jams, jellies, pickles, relishes and sauces. Sorry, this year there’s no hay ride, cow train ride, jumping pillow or corn box. The snack shack will still be open for food and drinks. Porta potties will still be on site.
sauchuk's farm
Massachusetts -- Sauchuk's Corn Maze & Pumpkin Patch

200 Center Street Plympton, MA Phone: 781-585-1522

Hours: Weekends through October 13, and Columbus Day; 9 a.m.-6 p.m.

Sauchuk’s offers a big range of fun fall activities for kids, including two corn mazes designed by THE MAiZE, which change every year. Activities include corn mazes, a pumpkin patch to explore, pillows and pad for jumping and bouncing, hay wagon rides, zip lines, train rides, a barnyard ball zone, duck races, tug o' war, a barnyard arcade, kiddie corral, apple blasters, o.k. corral. Tickets must be purchased in advance and online for a specific date and entry hour. There is no limit on how long you may stay. Tickets for each upcoming weekend will go on sale Monday morning. Admission is $15.95 for ages 3 and older