Taste The Berkshires: Fall Activities and Flavors

Nobody does Fall like New England does Fall. Fall is a time of year to celebrate so many things: The harvest. The end of summer. The coming of winter. It’s also time to pull out favorite scarves and sweaters, and woolly socks.

Visiting the Berkshires at this time of year – you get to experience the things that Fall brings. Carve locally grown pumpkins. Get lost in a corn maze. Pick an apple and eat it straight from the tree. Browse arts and crafts at fall festivals. Picnic in the crisp Fall air.

Many area farms welcome you to share in the Fall experience:

Ioka Valley Farm offers corn mazes, hayrides, pumpkin racing and more, until October 27. For the uninitiated, corn mazes are exactly what they sound like – corn fields are honed into mazes higher than the human head, cricket_creek_farm_cowsand your task is to find your way back out again. And pumpkin racing – where you decorate a pumpkin, put it in a race car, and race it around the pumpkin racing track, of course.

Pick your own temptation, straight from the tree – at Richmond’s Bartlett Orchards. Apple-picking is in the air, and there’s no fresher apple than the one you picked yourself. New England boasts a wide variety of apple types, and Barlett Orchards features a robust collection: McIntosh, Cortland, Gala, Macoun, Empire, Liberty, Mutsu, Red Delicious, Ida Red, Jonagold. The most current information available about activities, events and available fruit varieties at the orchard can be found at their Facebook page. Also: CIDER DONUTS. Do not miss the cider donuts.

Cricket Creek Farm actually offers something a little different from the typical Fall farm offerings – but fruit and cheese make a delicious pairing. This grass-based dairy farm features rich meats and cheeses in their farm store, both products produced on-site and some from other local farms, too. They stock their shop with the traveling shopper in mind – they sell insulated totes to keep your treats fresh on the road.

When you bring your delicious discoveries back to Hampton Terrace, make yourself at home in the common areas of the inn as you savor the flavors of the Berkshires – our home is your home.

Moo! Photo from the Cricket Creek Farm website