While pumpkin spice lattes and Halloween candy have been available at the stores for weeks now, your local farms are gearing up for the fall season right on schedule:
Apple Picking Season: Begins Aug. 28
Fifer Orchards has been around since 1919 and remains open year-round. However, the fall season is when you have your pick of the best apples (late August) and pumpkins (late September.) The staff recommends bringing your own folding wagon to haul your goodies home, which could also include fresh apple cider doughnuts, locally roasted coffee and more. Fifer’s Fall Fest officially begins Sept. 26 and runs through Halloween, featuring hayrides and a corn maze.
1919 Allabands Mill Road, Camden-Wyoming
Fall Festival Weekends: Begins Saturday, Sept. 12
Visit Milburn Orchards just over the state line and enjoy everything from a corn maze and boo barn to a farmyard playground and hayrides. Festival hours are Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m.-4 p.m. in September, and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. in October and November.
1495 Appleton Road, Elkton, Md.
Mr. Pepper’s Pumpkin Patch
Open mid-Sept.-Oct. 31
Spend the afternoon at Mr. Pepper’s, where you can choose from over a dozen varieties of pumpkins, get lost in the two-acre corn maze and then chow down at the BBQ Shack.
13500 Laurel Road, Laurel
Opening Day: Saturday, Sept. 26
Ramsey’s Farm has been in operation for 20 years and they have it all—pumpkin picking and painting, hayrides, and an eight-acre corn maze.
330 Ramsey Road, Wilmington
Coverdale Farm Preserve
Don’t miss their Harvest Moon Festival, held 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on Oct. 3-4. This annual festival features fun activities for all ages including artisan demonstrations, children’s activities and crafts, raptor programs, pony rides, corn maze, farm animal experiences, hayrides, music, food trucks and much more.