There’s no better way to make wonderful memories with your friends and family this autumn than to get outside. Head out to a local farm and spend a day picking apples and pumpkins, taking hayrides, and munching on apple cider donuts, or plan an excursion to a park or other outdoor space for a picnic or tailgate. Now is the time to get those pumpkins to carve for Halloween, break out your favorite apple crumble recipe, and enjoy the cool fall air with people you love, so grab your camera and your wagon and head out for some fall fun.
This family-run farm in Morgantown is a fantastic spot to find a wide range of autumnal activities for visitors of all ages. Every Saturday through October 30th Weaver’s Orchard runs their family fun days, with no base admission fee and plenty of fun things to do including hayrides, pony rides, a barrel train, face painting, play areas, and live entertainment. They also have a wide variety of pick-your-own produce, not limited to just pumpkins and apples. Their fields are open for pick-your-own Mondays through Saturdays.
Frecon Farms in Boyertown are open for produce picking on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, and offer pumpkins and many different kinds of apples to choose from, as well as hayrides through their beautiful orchards and a farmer’s market that features a deli and bakery to keep you and your family supplied with all of the delicious fall treats you can handle. They also make delicious, traditional hard cider that you can taste for yourself at their espresso and cider bar!
Gogle Farms is another family-run orchard that is located near Laurys Station, roughly 10 miles north of Allentown. They offer fresh produce from June through to Thanksgiving. Their pick-your-own activities are open Saturdays and Sundays from 9-4:30 and due to their large variety of produce they recommend calling ahead to see what is available for picking prior to your trip out to the farm. They also offer hayrides!
Located in Chester Springs, this farm’s pumpkin harvest season runs from September 25th through October 31st. They are open weekdays and weekends for a small admission fee. See the pumpkin patch, the corn maze, and the farm animals! Additionally, Milky Way Farm has their own creamery and makes a huge selection of ice cream flavors, each one charmingly named after a cow in their herd. If you’re brave enough to have some ice cream in the chilly fall weather, make sure to pay Milky Way Farm a visit!
This farm’s fall activities will be open until November 7th, and their family friendly corn maze is the perfect way to spend an afternoon! Pick your own pumpkins at their two-acre pumpkin patch, launch gourds at Miss Daisy Mazey with their giant slingshot to win a free pumpkin, and roast hot dogs and marshmallows over an open campfire. On October 30th they will also hold a costume contest and have live music from the band Cool Beans for lots of Halloween fun.
Have a Tailgate or Picnic Close to Home
If you can’t make it out to a farm this year, you can still have a great time by heading out to a nearby park (or even just your own backyard or driveway). Whip up some of your favorite fall treats and spread out the picnic blanket to enjoy the changing leaves as you eat your lunch, or set up the grill and host an impromptu tailgate before heading inside to put the football game on.
This fall, don’t waste the opportunity to have fun and make memories with your loved ones. Plan a day at these wonderful Berks County farms and you’ll have a blast and support your local businesses as well, or just enjoy a little quality time outdoors in your own hometown. Berks County Commissioners and the Greater Reading Chamber Alliance have collaborated on Rebuild Berks as a way to support the community and help you find ways to support your community as well. Contact us today if you want to learn more ways that you can help to rebuild Berks.