Information updated for 2009
This past weekend was glorious, so our family and our friend Elaine took a drive west to Brown’s Berry Patch in Waterport, NY to enjoy their Fall Harvest Celebration. This Celebration runs every weekend from September 19 through October 25.
Brown’s Berry Patch is the original Orchard Dale Fruit Farms, started in 1804, and one of the oldest family -owned and operated fruit farms in the region.
You enter through Lake Country Marketplace, a huge emporium of fresh fruits, country gifts, gourmet delicacies and baked treats. I was seriously tempted by the Cherry Salsa but forgot to buy it on the way out because we were loaded down with apples! We made our way through the Grill (open weekends only in the Fall) and out to the petting barn where we made friends with goats, calves and other cute farm critters.
The Barnyard Adventure, next to the petting barn, is designed for the kid in all of us. Through the petting barn, you can see the funny sight of people flying into the air as they enjoy bouncing on the huge and very popular jumping pillow. The Barnyard Adventure also has duck races, cornfield pedal cars, several mazes, standing teeter totters, water tables, tractors and lots more! The fee for the Barnyard Adventure is $5.50 for those aged 2-61 and $4.50 for those 62 and over. There is no fee to enjoy the animals in the petting barn.
From there, we headed to the apple orchards. Most varieties of apples are ripe and yummy this time of year. We discovered the hard way that you should be sure to bring bags with you or purchase them in the marketplace for $.50 each before you head off to the apple orchards. The orchard carries about 16 different varieties of apples, but some may not be in season, so check the availability schedule if you’re looking for a specific variety.
To pick your own pumpkins, you can either borrow a little green wagon or enjoy a tractor and wagon ride for $2, or if you combine the wagon ride and the Barnyard Adventure, you’ll save $1.
Our last stop was to make “Bill the Scarecrow,” as my daughters named him. Pick out clothes and a hat from the bin, grab some straw and start stuffing! Add a pantyhose head and a face drawn on with fabric paint and for $15, you too, can have “Bill the Scarecrow” perched on your front porch to scare away crows or unwanted callers!
The Lake Country Marketplace is open Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Friday through Sunday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. The Barnyard Adventure is open Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., weather permitting, and the Grill is open Noon to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. For a seasonal U-pick and harvest calendar, CLICK HERE.
For those interested in Arts & Crafts, Brown’s Berry Patch is hosting a Fall Harvest Country Craft Show the weekend of October 10th & 11th, 2009 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. to benefit Hospice of Orleans County. There’ll also be live entertainment and a 5K run. They are now accepting applications for crafters.
Brown’s Berry Patch is located almost halfway between Buffalo, NY and Rochester, NY at 14264 Route 18 in Waterport, NY. To MAP IT, CLICK HERE.
P.S. Now that you’ve got those apples or pumpkins, here are some great resources for recipes:
Apple recipes: from NYAppleCountry.com.
Pumpkin recipes: from Pumpkinnook.com, or also see our article “Pick Your Own Pumpkins, Pumpkin Pie Recipes and More.”
QUESTION: Where is your favorite place to pick apples and/or pumpkins, and why?