Pick-Your-Own Pumpkin Farms Draw Visitors to the Hudson Valley

Lawrence Farms Pumpkins

Pumpkin field at Lawrence Farms Orchard

Whether for decorating, carving or baking, pumpkins take center stage during the month of October.  And all this month, Hudson Valley farms are providing visitors with the added pleasure of heading into the field to select just the right one. With plenty of additional activities to enjoy, a day at one of the many “pick-your-own” farms in Orange County is fun for the entire family.

“Pumpkins dot the countryside here, adding little pops of orange cheer at our farms,” said Orange County Tourism Director Susan Hawvermale. “Nestle into the hay on a wagon ride to find one for the perfect jack-o-lantern or a delicious pie!”

Popular pick-your-own farms include:

Manza Family Farm, 730 State Route 211, Montgomery, N.Y.: Pick your own pumpkins are grown on 20 acres of farm land and are part of the farm’s traditional Fall Festival held weekends in October. Tractor drawn hayrides, pony rides, a straw maze, farm animals, and a farm stand are featured. www.manzafamilyfarm.net

Pennings Farm, 161 South Route 94 and Warwick Turnpike, Warwick, N.Y.: Located on more than 60 acres of farmland, Pennings’ U-Pick season offers activities for the whole family including hayrides, pony rides, face painting, live music and outdoor dining. www.penningsfarmmarket.com

Apple Dave’s Farm, 82 Four Corners Road, Warwick, N.Y.: Features a walking trail, ponds, gardens, music puppet shows and face painters. Samples from Applewood Winery and distillery are available. www.applewoodorchards.com

Maples Farm, 749 NY-17M, Middletown, N.Y.: Halloween Festival runs weekends throughout October and features hayrides, a hay maze, farm animals, a haunted barn, and country fair midway. Country store features gifts and décor. www.maplesfarm.com

Pierson’s Farm, 1448 Route 211 West, Middletown, N.Y.: Weekend events include hayrides, inflatables, a 4 acre corn maze, a kiddie hay/corn maze, a teepee area, and a petting zoo. www.piersonsfarm.com

Lawrence Farms Orchards, 39 Colandrea Road, Newburgh, N.Y.: Visitors will enjoy this scenic location which features a little village and hay bale maze for the kids. Playful goats and chickens add to the family friendly atmosphere. www.lawrencefarmsorchards.org

Also visit Orange County Tourism’s new website: www.orangetourism.org to see the full list of locations to pumpkin pick.

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