Apples and Pumpkins, Oh My!
Sussex County Office of Farmland Preservation and Conservation
Fall is officially here and with it comes crisp blue sky mornings, the bright oranges, reds and golds of the changing trees, large flocks of migrating birds and......apples and pumpkin picking and corn mazes, oh my! Sussex County, New Jersey is known for being an apple and pumpkin picking destination during September and October. Although the first apples of the season are ready in August, it isn't traditionally until September that the Pick Your Own operations open with many varieties available. Whether it is a good eating apple, or one that gets baked into a fresh apple pie, Sussex County farms provide many choices. This is also a wonderful opportunity for children that are removed from daily farm life to better understand where their food comes from. If you prefer to leave the picking to someone else, there are dozens of farm stands that sell local fruit and produce.
After apple picking, it is time to drive on down the road to the Great Pumpkin patches. Pumpkins of all sizes can be found with a little searching – from tiny to gigantic milk pumpkins! Some pumpkin patches offer hay rides to the back fields where everyone can become a kid again searching for that perfect fall prize. If Halloween is your favorite holiday, look for the haunted hayrides that are offered for the brave at heart. There are also corn mazes to test your ability to navigate through the patch and out again. For a list of farms offering fun farm opportunities, check our website at www.sussexfarmvisits.com.