Changing leaves aren’t the only hues you should take in on a fall trip to New England—the autumnal harvest provides a spectral bounty of rich tastes and warm shades. The spectacular reds, oranges and yellows associated with fall leaves resonate in local crops, which are enjoying the peak of harvest season.
New England isn’t simply known for apples and pumpkins, however. The region’s farms also bear riches like wine, cheese and even potatoes. From touring an Ocean Spray cranberry bog to navigating Maine’s notorious, annually-changing corn maze, here are six agricultural New England experiences, one for each state, you won’t want to miss this autumn.
1. A.D. Makepeace Company, Wareham, Mass. 2. Gould Hill Farm, Contoocook, N.H. 3. Quonset View Farm, Portsmouth, R.I. 4. Treworgy Farms, Levant, Maine. 5. Sugarbush Farm, Wootstock, Vt. 6. Rosedale Farms & Vineyards, Simsbury, Conn.
Sarra Sedghi is Paste Food’s Assistant Editor. She can usually be found arguing about mayonnaise on Twitter.
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Yes, the cranberry bog from the Ocean Spray commercial is real. The A.D. Makepeace Company offers both public and private tours of their cranberry bog in Wareham, Massachusetts. Although bog tours are conducted year round, the cranberry harvest ends in November.
Photo: Sarra Sedghi
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Now's the time to pick apple varieties like Golden Delicious, Hampshire and Northern Spy at New Hampshire's Gould Hill Farm. Aside from apple picking, Gould Hill boasts an uncontested 75-mile view of the White Mountains and Mount Washington and offers seasonal attractions including horse-drawn carriage rides and fresh apple cider donuts on weekends.
Photo: Gould Hill Farm
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Rhode Island's Quonset View Farm is currently lush with pumpkins ready for picking and a variety of squash for sale. Quonset View Farm is known for its potatoes, and offers picking in the fall.
Photo: Quonset View Farm
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Maine's Treworgy Orchards is known for autumnal apple, pumpkin and squash picking in addition to their intricately designed corn maze. Other attractions include hayrides, horse-drawn farm tours and a goat-laden petting zoo.
Photo: Treworgy Farms
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Vermont's picturesque, family-run Sugarbush Farm provides a look into the syrup-making process, a quick tour of a maple trail and syrup samples spanning a variety of grades. If all that sugar makes you crave something savory, Sugarbush Farm also produces its own smoky cheese.
Photo: Sugarbush Farm
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In the fall, Connecticut's
Rosedale Farms & Vineyards adds attractions like farm festivals and a corn maze to its repertoire. The Connecticut Wine Trail institution also offers Saturday and Sunday tastings through November 6.
Photo: Beth Reis Photography