Fall in Western New York is a beautiful, bountiful time – the colors of the season are nearly unrivaled, and the fruit and vegetable harvests allow local growers, stores, and restaurants to create the best cuisine and beverages the area can offer. There are a number of local farms that have been opening their gates and doors to families for the fall harvest and Halloween season for many years, with fun for kids and kids at heart.
Pumpkinville, located at 4844 Sugartown Rd. in Great Valley (near Ellicottville), is one of those farms offering family fun for the season. In addition to picking their own pumpkin from the patch, kids can go on hayrides and pony rides, make their way through a corn maze, and check out the corn cannon shoot. Kids of all ages will enjoy the wide variety of baked goods (Di’s Pies and Bake Shoppe), beverages (the Antique Cider Mill), candy (Moore’s Maple Shack and the homemade Fudge Shop) and home décor items that can be purchased on premise. Find out more about Pumpkinville, its fall festivals, and daily activities at www.pumpkinville.com.
Located at 14264 Roosevelt Hwy. (Route 18) in Waterport, Brown’s Berry Patch is known for its extensive pick-your-own-fruit opportunities. Renamed the “Pumpkin Patch” for the fall harvest, Brown’s offers U-Pick raspberries (through September), elderberries (through September), apples (through October), and Pumpkins (in October), and harvests of peaches and quince are available already picked. Brown’s Fall Harvest Celebration in September and October features animals, mazes, a giant slide, hayrides, and more; October is also time for their annual Country Craft Show and the 5K run to benefit Hospice of Orleans County. Find out more about Brown’s at www.brownsberrypatch.com.
Clarence’s Great Pumpkin Farm is open daily from 10 a.m. to dusk, but its weekend festivals and events are what draw the crowds. Located at 11199 Main St., annual festivals held at the Farm include the famous World Pumpkin Weigh-Off, the High School Trebuchet Contest, and the “Oinktoberfest” barbecue championships. Daily activities for kids include hayrides, corn mazes, duck races, and midway rides. Admission is free during the week, but there is an admission charge for the weekend festivals; find out more about the Great Pumpkin Farm at www.greatpumpkinfarm.com.
Kelkenberg Farm, located at 9300 Wolcott Rd. in Clarence Center, offers “Fall Pumpkin Fun” in late September and throughout October, including hayrides, pony rides, farm tours, and pumpkins in the U-Pick patch. The farm also sells fall décor items and baked good for purchase, and birthday party packages In October. Check out Kelkenberg Farm at www.kelkenbergfarm.com.