HARVEST BOUNTY - Autumn is all about Pumpkins and apples! Here are four recommendations to get your picking fix!09/15/2022 02:52PM ● By KAREN CASSIDY
A perennial favorite, Sam Mazza’s has a little bit of everything. There is a pumpkin patch, petting zoo, corn maze, tractor rides, green- house, farmer’s market and a shop. This family farm really goes out of its way to cover all the bases when it comes to fall fun.
A tractor will take you out to a pumpkin patch to pick your own pumpkin or you can purchase a pumpkin that has been already picked. Along the way, there is a market filled with homemade pies, cakes, breads, seasonal favorites and more. This scenic family farm offers visitors the classic Vermont farm experience along with delicious seasonal fares: apples, apple cider, pumpkin pies— if it’s a fall favorite, it’s here.
They also have three miles of corn mazes to enjoy. A one mile maze and a two mile maze, each with a separate entrance. Access to both are included with each entrance ticket, which costs $8. The corn maze is open seven days a week from Labor Day weekend through October and are open Monday through Saturday, 10 am to 6 pm and Sundays from 10 am to 5 pm.
ADAM’S APPLE ORCHARD & FARMERS MARKET
This lovely apple orchard has been operating for 25 years and is located in the scenic Champlain Valley. Come to enjoy the panoramic views of the Green Mountains from their orchard, where you can pick apples until mid-October.
Their farmers market is open 7 days a week from May 1st until December 24th. Here you can find a delectable assortment of quality Vermont food products, apples, apple treats, apple cider, maple syrup, gourds, mums, pumpkins, herbs, annuals and local produce.
WHITCOMB’S LAND OF PUMPKINS
This pumpkin farm was established in 2003 and added their corn maze 2006. They have 6 acres of pumpkins, gourds, corn, squash and offer some of the biggest and best carving pumpkins in the area—all shapes, sizes and colors.
Explore their 4-acre corn maze where you will search for 5 checkpoints which have educational facts about the process of growing apples before solving a word scramble. While searching for checkpoints you will also be looking to find the candy jackpot! Kids four and under are free and kids five and up are $6.
This year, they will be open on Saturday September 27th. Hours are Wednesday 2pm-6pm and Sat/Sun 10am-5pm. Dogs are welcome!
YATES FAMILY ORCHARD
You can pick your own apples at Yates Family Orchard where they offer 26 different vari- eties of apples, pears and plums. This is a family owned and operated apple orchard on Monkton Ridge with a spectacular view of the Adirondack Mountains.
They also make and sell a delicious variety of apple-made treats at their Orchard Stand. This year, the orchard opens to visitors on September 1st through November. They have hot, made-to-order cider donuts, Kingdom Creamery Creemees, baked goods, local honey, orchard jams, maple syrup, pumpkins, mums, jams and local artisan works for sale.
Special note: don’t forget to try a Dreamee while you’re there. Their delicious signature creation is a hot, fresh made cider donut with Vermont maple soft serve ice cream on top!
277 Lavigne Rd.
Colchester, VT 05446
Adam’s Apple Orchard
1168 Old Stage Rd.
Williston, VT 05495
Whitcomb’s Land of Pumpkins
347 Fay Lane Williston,
Yates Family Orchard
1074 Davis Rd.
Hinesburg, VT 05462