The hot summer days have officially dwindled here in Newport County. Needless to say, we find ourselves daydreaming of everything Autumn in the wake of their absence. These Fall months in our City by the Sea harvest the perfect opportunity for some of our favorite cozy-weather activities: pumpkin & apple picking, hayrides & corn mazes, harvest fairs and fall festivals, and more.

When you find your hands itching for some pick-your-own experiences, here's where you can head to.

 

Escobar's Highland Farm

Pick Your Own: Pumpkins
+ Hayrides, corn maze

Talk about picking your own, the pumpkins at Escobar's Highland Farm are still attached to the vine! Don't forget to visit their eight acre corn maze, open through November 5, and enjoy a picturesque hayride through the dairy farm on weekends for just $4 (we hear you get to feed apples to the cows, too!)

Maze: 255 Middle Road, Portsmouth RI 02871 Farm: 133 Middle Road, Portsmouth RI 02871

Pumpkins Autumn

 

Old Stone Orchard

Pick Your Own: Apples, Pumpkins, Gours

Through November, Old Stone Orchard in Little Compton offers pumpkins, apples, gourds and eggplant, as well as vegetables including tomatoes and squash.

Hours: Thursday - Sunday, 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
33 Colebrook Road, Little Compton RI

 

 

Pachet Brook Tree Farm

Pick Your Own: Pumpkins
+ Pumpkin-Hunt hayrides, Halloween hayrides

The 90-acre family-run farm in Tiverton grows pumpkins and gourds for sale and offers Pumpkin Hunt hayrides and Halloween hayrides beginning in September. Enjoy a 30-minute ride through the fields and woods decorated for the season, ending at the pumpkin patch.

Hours: Daily through October, 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
4484 Main Road, Tiverton RI

 

 

Quonset View Farm

Pick Your Own: Pumpkins

This 140-acre farm has been in the Cotta family since 1915. Along with strawberry picking in the summer and Christmas trees during the holiday season, the farm offers a pick-your-own pumpkin patch yearly come October.

Hours: Weekends in October, 9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
895 Middle Road, Portsmouth RI

 

 

Rocky Brook Orchard

Pick Your Own:
Apples: through November
Pears: through October

Aquidneck Island's original pick-your-own apple orchard, the family-run orchard has more than 80 varieties of apples, plus a variety of other delicious products to choose from.

Hours: Weekends, 10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
997 Wapping Road, Middletown RI

Rocky Brook Orchard

 

Sweet Berry Farm

Pick Your Own:
Pumpkins: through October
Apples: through mid-October
Peaches: through early October

Sweet Berry Farm, located in Middletown, offers a bounty of pick-your-own options including apples, pumpkins and even peaches through October. When you've picked your goodies to your heart's content, visit their indoor market for a variety of artisan cheeses, sandwiches, soups, pizzas and more.

Hours: Daily, 8:00 AM - 7:00 PM
915 Mitchell's Lane, Middletown RI

Sweet Berry Farm Fall

 

Trinity Church's Annual Pumpkin Patch

Trinity Church's Annual Pumpkin Patch opens October 7 with a wide selection of pumpkins, mums, decorative cabbages, gourds and more. Once you've picked all your favorites, enjoy home-made goods, freshly popped popcorn and cider. Enjoy hot lunch, live music and vendors on the weekends.

Hours: Weekdays,12:00 - 6:00 PM and weekends, 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM 
Queen Anne Square, Newport RI

Trinity Church Pumpkin Patch

 

 

Young Family Farm

Pick Your Own:
Apples: through October
Pumpkins
Sugar Snap PeasPearsSunflowersNectarinesCarrots
+ Hayrides 

Young Family Farm offers a five-acre apple orchard boasting 10 different varieties of apples, as well as their annual Apple Festival on Sunday, October 9 at 10:00 AM with live music, hayrides, apple picking, pumpkin picking & painting, freshly baked apple cider donuts and more. This season also offers a multitude of other pick your own products.

Hours
Pick-Your-Own: Weekends, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Hayrides: Weekends, 12:00 - 4:00 PM
260 W Main Road, Little Compton RI

 

 

Pumpkin Pie Recipe

Because you'll need to do something with all those extra pumpkins you picked... Courtesy of Escobar's Highland Farm

Prepare the pumpkin: * cut (carefully - it's very tough) a small sweet pie pumpkin in half. Place cut-side down on a baking sheet and cook at 300 degrees until the pumpkin falls in on itself. Scoop out the pulp and put half aside for freezing to make another pie. You will usually have a bit over the 1 cup called for below - if it's not too much over, use it all. It's very good for you. I've tried it in the microwave, but it's too watery when steamed that way.

1 large cup steamed natural pumpkin* 1 pint milk (2 cups) 3/4 cup sugar 1 1/2 tablespoons flour 1 teaspoon salt -cook carefully in double boiler or in heavy pan, stirring constantly until thick - Let cool - can be prepared the night before. When cool add: 2 eggs beaten slightly 1 teaspoon cinnamon 1 teaspoon ginger 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg - we use fresh ground (you get to look at the insides of a nutmeg and that's fun) 1 tablespoon dark molasses Pour into unbaked pie shell. Bake at 425 degrees for 15 minutes; watch carefully. Reduce heat to 350 degrees and bake until tines of fork are clean when stuck in pie (about 45 minutes more).