Top 10 farms and orchards for fall fun

| 28 Sep 2011 | 02:16

    Apples, cider, corn mazes, hay rides, and pumpkin patches bring fall charm to the Hudson Valley. Orange County Tourism recommends 10 farms and orchards where visitors can find fall attractions while they're out traveling country roads and enjoying the colorful foliage. Visitors should call ahead to check on hours and event schedules. The recommended farms are as follows: • Applewood Orchards, 82 Four Corners Rd., Warwick. Rd.side and U-pick apples and pumpkins, farm store, farm animals, wagon rides, and puppet show. Wine tasting at Applewood Winery. Three miles past Sugar Loaf Arts and Crafts Village. Call 986-1684. • Bellvale Farms Creamery, 385 State Highway 17A, Warwick. 200-year old family farm with 120-cow dairy, handcrafted ice cream, pumpkin patch, and hayrides. Calf feeding and milking activities on Sundays from 3:30 to 4:15 p.m. Call 988-5414. • Blooming Hill Organic Farm, 1251 Rt. 208, Blooming Grove. Family-run working organic farm that sells to New York City's finest restaurants. Farm stand, bakery, grill, gifts and more. Weekends only. Call 782-7310 or visit • Hodgson's Farm, 2290 Albany Post Rd., Walden. Three-acre corn maze, petting zoo, u-pick pumpkins, hayrides, haunted house, and magic show. Call 562-6576 or visit • Lawrence Farms Orchards, 39 Colandrea Rd., Newburgh. New England farm town play village, farmyard animals, horse-drawn carriage rides, hay-bale maze, pumpkin picking, refreshments. Pick your own fruits and vegetables in season. Call 562-4268 or • Manza Family Farm, 730 Rt. 211, Middletown. Call 692-4363. U-pick apples and pumpkins, craft store, hay maze, farm animals, hayrides, farm stand. Masker Orchards, Ball Rd., Warwick. Call 986-1058. 100% pick-it-yourself apples from 20,000 apple trees. Barnyard baby animals, pony rides, special events, farmstand, gifts, refreshments, picnic area. • Pennings Farm Market and Garden Center, 161 State Rt. 94, Warwick. Call 986-1059. Fresh fruits and vegetables, pies, breads, homemade preserves, country gifts, children's play area, barnyard buddies feeding corral, seasonal events with live entertainment, pony rides. Visit • Pierson Bicentennial Farm, 1448 Rt. 211 West, Middletown. Family farm is 214 years old. Raspberry and pumpkin picking. Animals, greenhouse, gift shop and farm stand. Octoberfest hayrides, haunted house, mazes, sheep shearing demonstrations, and an Indian teepee. Call 386-1882. • Roe's Orchards, 3278 Rt. 94, Chester. Fruits, vegetables, cider. Baked goods on weekends. Call 469-4724. For more information, visit or 291-2136 to request a copy of the Orange County Visitor's Guide or Four Seasons Farm Map.