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Fall is better in New England

October 12, 2015

Fall at the Park at River's Edge

We couldn’t be more excited for fall’s return to New England! With so many activities to choose from, how do you know where to start? We’ve done some of the leg work for you, so if you’re looking for ways to enjoy the beautiful autumn weather, look no further.

Wilson’s Farm – Lexington, MA

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If you love fresh picked heirloom apples, but not enough to be chased by bees while climbing trees to get the best ones, check out Wilson’s Farm in Lexington, MA, only 25 minutes from River’s Edge! Established in 1884, Wilson’s Farm sells a variety of affordable, quality, local farm fresh produce, meats, cheeses, and delicious bakery items (like the Apple Cider donut, yum!).

It even boasts a beautiful Open Air Nursery and Garden Shop. If you’re looking to test your corn maze skills, the A-MAZE-ING Haymaze is open Thursday through Sunday, and Columbus Day, for the rest of October, weather permitting.

Helpful Hint: A few Yelpers recommend visiting during the week if you’re looking to truly enjoy browsing all the market has to offer.

Honey Pot Hill Orchards – Stow, MA

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If you’re all about pick-your-own apples, cider donuts, hayrides, petting zoos, country markets, and more cider donuts, then Honey Pot Hill Orchards is the place for you. Make sure to follow them on their Facebook page for the most up to date information on what apples are ready for picking.

As of October 8, McIntosh, Macoun, Empire, Red Delicious, Cortland, Spartan, Liberty, Bosc Pears (last weekend for the pears) were listed on the Picking List. Come back in the summer for pick-your-own blueberries, and they even sell fresh peaches and plums when in season!

Helpful Hint: Pick-your-own is cash or check only, so make sure you come prepared! There are ATMs on site, in case you forget.

Nihtila Farm – Holbrook, MA

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Located 40 minutes south of River’s Edge, you’ll find Nihtila Farm, a charming, 10 acre family-owned farm in Holbrook, MA. You can pick the perfect pumpkin straight from the vine out of the 3 acre pumpkin patch. No need to pack your own tools, the farm will provide you with gloves, a plastic knife, and a wagon to get your pumpkin out of the field without pulling a muscle. If you don’t already own one, the farm store sells carving kits, as well as stickers for pumpkins, for those who’d rather play it safe.

While you’re there, make sure to grab quintessential fall decor for your apartment like hardy mums, hay bales, indian corn, gourds and mini pumpkins, corn stalks, and wooden Halloween decorations. The farm is open every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, as well as Columbus Day from 11 AM to dusk through the end of October. Check out their Facebook page for the most up to date pricing, availability, and hours. Don’t forget to take a photo with the 522 lb. pumpkin & say hi to the farm animals!

Helpful Hint: Nihtila Farm is cash only! Stop by on a Saturday, Sunday, or Columbus Day to take a 10 minute hayride through the 10 acre farm, for a full tour of the corn field and pumpkin patch. 

Witch’s Woods – Westford, MA

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For those of you who celebrate October as 31 days of Halloween terror, this one’s for you. Conveniently located in Nashoba Valley Ski Area, 45 minutes north of River’s Edge, Witch’s Woods boasts a smorgasbord of haunting fun. With six different attractions to choose from, there’s a little something for everyone’s spooky tastes; from the Horrorwood Chamber of Chills, Jack O’ Lantern Jamboree, The Keeper’s Crypt (3D), Nightmare Mansion, Castle Morbid, and to everyone’s favorite, Witch’s Woods Haunted Hayride. Tickets are $34 a piece, and will get you entry to the Haunted Hayride, Castle Mansion, Nightmare Mansion, 3D Keeper’s Crypt. Rather not spend the cash? Carnival games, rides, concessions, the Jack O’Lantern Jamboree and Horrorwood Chamber of Chills are accessible without a paid ticket.

Fair warning, it might be best for the kiddos to sit this one out. According to the website, Witch’s Woods is not recommended for children under the age of 6, and babies, infants, and toddlers are not permitted at the park or in any of the attractions.

Helpful Hint: Print out a coupon before heading out, to save $5 on Thursday & Sunday admission, as well as on Halloween, October 31. Keep your Halloween costumes at home, Witch’s Woods strictly prohibits patrons from wearing costumes and/or masks of any kind. 

Boston Public Market – Boston, MA

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Not feelin’ the whole country thing? Stay close to home, and take the T from Wellington to Haymarket to visit the fledging Boston Public Market, a permanent farmer’s market currently made up of 37 vendors. The market is open Wednesday through Sunday, year round, from 8 AM to 8 PM. The first of its kind in the U.S., BPM only sells locally sourced goods that are made or originate in New England. Yelpers warn that the vendors are expensive, so get ready to dish out extra green for the culinary and artisanal delights you’ll find.

Looking to expand your horizons? The Kitchen at the Boston Public Market “…offers year-round programming that encourages a passion for regionally sourced food and appeals to a diverse audience. The 3,200 square foot space, programmed by The Trustees of Reservations, will offer opportunities such as hands-on cooking demos, lectures, family activities, exercise classes, training and community events within the Boston Public Market.” Check out the calendar here for upcoming events!

Helpful Hints: If you’d rather drive, a few tips on Yelp indicate parking at a nearby garage is validated by the vendors, costing you only $1 to park. Definitely worth asking a vendor next time you’re at the market! 


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