It’s Pumpkin Season in North Salem and Vicinity

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Where to Get a Pumpkin near I684 Exit 8

Pumpkins as big as dogs! Enjoy pumpkin picking in North Salem, N.Y. (Westchester County) and thereabouts. Remember: Check with destinations before bringing any of your furry friends. Photo credit: M. Ciavardini.

Pumpkins as big as dogs! Enjoy pumpkin picking in North Salem, N.Y. (Westchester County) and thereabouts. Remember: Check with destinations before bringing any of your furry friends. Photo credit: M. Ciavardini.

Pumpkin-hunting season is in full swing, and the orange orbs abound in North Salem, N.Y. and vicinity. Locals as well as city-dwellers up for a full pumpkin experience can enjoy apple orchards and pumpkin patches in this particularly attractive area of Northern Westchester, right on the border of Putnam County as well as Connecticut.

Donuts, music, farm animals, and plenty of space to run around are offered at on weekends Harvest Moon Farm and Orchard. (It is a bit more subdued—and vastly less crowded—during the week.) Located across the street is Outhouse Orchards, making these two places must-visits on the same day for me. Work off some extra calories by picking apples as well.

No matter where you hunt your pumpkins, remember to treat them respectfully. Photo credit: M. Ciavardini.

No matter where you hunt your pumpkins, remember to treat them respectfully. Photo credit: M. Ciavardini.

I like Hayfields Market, also in North Salem, both for its cappuccinos and camaraderie. Pumpkins and other delights of the season are available here.

Located right over the Putnam County border in Brewster, N.Y. (and also accessible from Exit 8 on I684) is Salinger’s Orchard. In business since 1901, the place exudes charm and also offers good donuts and baked goods.

Another option if you happen to be in the general vicinity are Muscoot Farm in Katonah (for this one, I would get off at Exit 6).

Happy pumpkin picking!

Some antique charm at Salinger's Orchard, just over the North Salem line in Brewster, N.Y. Photo credit: M. Ciavardini,

Some antique charm at Salinger’s Orchard, just over the North Salem line in Brewster, N.Y. Photo credit: M. Ciavardini,

Tips for Adventurers

  • Be certain to check hours and activities (as well as rules on picking pumpkins and apples and on bringing along Rover) of your destination before you go.
  • Be prepared for crowds and keep alternatives in mind should traffic be too crazy.
  • Pumpkins are fun! You should be having some, too.

Harvest Moon Farm and Orchard, 130 Hardscrabble Road, North Salem, N.Y. 10560

Outhouse Orchards, 139 Hardscrabble Road, North Salem, N.Y.  10560

Hayfields Market, 1 Bloomer Road, North Salem, N.Y. 10560

Salinger’s Orchard, 230 Guinea Road, Brewster, N.Y. 10509

Muscoot Farm, 51 Route 100, Katonah, N.Y. 10536

 

—Lori Tripoli

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