Celebrate New Hampshire Agriculture this Autumn!
Now that the summer is officially over and farmer’s markets are winding down, it’s easy to forget that New Hampshire farms and producers have so many other activities starting that will last into the winter! This is a collection of our favorite agricultural activities in the Fall for some inspiration on where you and your family can go to celebrate the changing leaves and crisp air.
Perhaps the quintessential New England fall activity, apple picking is a family favorite and especially great for larger groups!There are dozens of apple orchards spread across New Hampshire from the Seacoast to all the way past the White Mountains. The best part of apple orchards is that many offer plenty of other fall favorites too, like hayrides and apple cider doughnuts! Don’t forget that apples aren’t just for eating - try impressing guests with a homemade NH apple pie, or even cook down some apples into healthy applesauce for the kids. Visit the NH Fruit Growers Association for apple orchards in your area.
Farms all across the state plant huge areas of corn in preparation for Fall, then cut them into intricate designs (sometimes even creating pictures) full of twists and turns. Try your best to get out of the maze as quickly as you can, or enjoy the trivia questions some mazes place to give you clues on finding your way out. A handful of mazes also have special “night mazes” or haunted spooky mazes to give you a fright! NH Parenting has put together a list of some of their favorite corn mazes in New Hampshire - can you think of any more?
Photo by Heather Marcus of New England Today
Enjoy the cheerful orange of pumpkins throughout the season by visiting a local pumpkin patch and picking your own. Whether you’re looking for the perfect size or shape to carve into a scary Jack O’ Lantern; searching for the most flavorful pie pumpkin; or even just want the one with the most seeds for toasting, check out Halloween New England’s website for suggestions on where to go. You’ll also find a list of the many pumpkin festivals happening across the state - and who can forget about the 2018 NH Pumpkinfest in Laconia?
Photo by Lavoies Farm
Fairs and Festivals
Although agricultural fairs have largely passed, you can still get into the swing of the season by going to great events like Exeter’s Powderkeg Beer and Chili Festival, the Sandwich Fair, Attitash’s Oktoberfest, and so many more! Visit NH has a good list of many festivals and events pertaining to NH agriculture, and also make sure to check out NH Magazine’s list of Oktoberfest celebrations (although some have passed, there will be celebrations going into October).
Photo from the Sandwich Fair
Have other ideas or events you don’t see listed here? Please shoot us an email and let us know!