Two of the Western New York area’s fun fall adventures are Pumpkinville and Brown’s Berry Patch.
For a fun family adventure in the fall of 2010, visit Pumpkinville, located at 4844 Sugartown Rd. in Great Valley, just minutes away from Ellicottville and Holiday Valley Resort. Pumpkinville is open daily from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. starting Saturday, September 18th through Sunday, October 31st.
Pumpkinville features hayrides, pony rides, a corn maze the duck derby, a corn-cannon shoot, and more (some charges apply – visit website for complete details). There are also a variety of harvest treats available at Pumpkinville’s shops: The Choose-Your-Own-Pumpkin Patch, the Antique Cider Mill, Di’s Pies and Bake Shoppe, Moore’s Maple Shack, and the homemade Fudge Shop. You’ll enjoy specialties like pumpkin donuts, pumpkin ice cream, and apple cider slushies. You can also take home fall décor and craft items, plus painted pumpkins from the various shops on premise.
Pumpkinville hosts its annual Apple Cider Festival on Saturday, September 25th and Sunday, September 26th, while the 5th annual Giant Pumpkin Weigh-Off takes place Sunday, October 3rd. Fall Festival Weekend is Saturday, October 9th through Monday, October 11th (Columbus Day weekend). Group trips and class field trips are available.
Everyday admission to Pumpkinville is free, but charges may apply for some festivals and activities. For information on group trips, festivals, harvest treats, and more, visit www.pumpkinville.com or call 716-699-2205.
Brown’s Berry Patch, renamed the “Pumpkin Patch” for the fall harvest, is just a short drive from both Buffalo and Rochester. Located at 14264 Roosevelt Hwy. (Route 18) in Waterport, Brown’s hosts the Fall Harvest Celebration from Saturday, September 18th through Sunday, October 31st.
Family-owned and operated for more than 200 years, Brown’s was originally known as the Orchard Dale Fruit Farm when it opened in 1804; the Berry Patch was added 20-plus years ago, and offers pick-your-own-fruit opportunities. The Berry Patch is open for business April through October, as is the Lake Country Marketplace, which features a farm market, country gift shop, specialty food shop, homemade ice cream, and the farm kitchen/grill/bakery.
Currently available on the pick-your-own calendar are Raspberries (through September), Elderberries (through September), Apples (through October), and Pumpkins (available in October). Peaches and Quince are available for sale pre-picked.
The fall festival features Barnyard Adventures every weekend, Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Adventures include the Barnyard Jump (“pillows” for bouncing), animals, mazes, a giant slide, a giant sandbox, hayrides, and more. Saturday, October 9th and Sunday, October 10th is the annual Country Craft Show, and the annual 5K run is Saturday, October 9th at 10 a.m. to benefit Hospice of Orleans County.
For additional information on Brown’s Berry Patch, including Marketplace hours, directions, and admission prices for the Barnyard Adventures, visit www.brownsberrypatch.com or call 585-682-5569.