Indulge in Local Fall Delights
Pumpkins, squash, and beets, oh my! The city Greenmarkets are simply bursting with fall harvest, and now is the time to enjoy these seasonal vegetables at their best. The weather is getting cooler, so it’s time to turn on the oven and roast away. Pumpkins, butternut squash, and acorn squash, along with root vegetables like beets and carrots, completely transform in the oven. If you want to learn some new ways to dress up these fall delights, the Brooklyn Kitchen is offering a variety of seasonal classes, like Cooking From the Pumpkin Patch, Fall Soups and Stews, and Cider Making.
Go Down on the Farm
From scarecrows to jack-o-lanterns, just about every aspect of fall fun starts in the same place: the farm. There are dozens of farms and animal sanctuaries you can visit in the Hudson Valley and Long Island, but our personal favorite place to get back to nature is the Queens County Farm Museum. Located within the city limits, the 47-acre parcel of land is the only working historical farm in the city. They have a massive corn maze, a pick-your-own pumpkin patch, and dozens of friendly farm animals. The farm practices sustainable agriculture in all of its planting fields, plus its vineyard, orchard, and herb garden. During Halloween weekend, the farm will host hayrides, a haunted house, and a market full of tasty fall treats like apple pie and mulled cider.
Have a Happy Halloween!
The Village Halloween Parade is the be all, end all of Halloween celebrations in New York City, but for those who would like to avoid the crowded and chaotic event, there are plenty of other festivities. The Museum of Natural History is hosting its 16th annual Halloween celebration for kids, and Prospect Park will play host to a haunted carnival. The New York Botanic Gardens is hosting a special creepy-crawly dinner for adults, where you can nosh on insect delicacies and artisanal brews. Our four-legged friends can join in the holiday fun at the 21st annual Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Parade. You can find more Halloween events on the Parks Department calendar and on dozens of travel websites.