Kathy Gubernick | October 7, 2021
From pumpkin picking to corn mazes and everything in between, there’s no shortage of fall fun in the Philadelphia suburbs. As the leaves change and the air starts to cool, it’s a great time to pack up the family and head to one of our region’s many attractions before it gets too cold. Below are just a few of my family’s favorite places to visit this time of year.
Located on Sugartown Road in Malvern, Sugartown Strawberries is a part of Willisbrook Farm which covers over 230 acres and is a family-owned working farm. Not only does this farm grow fresh produce, but there are also over 20 horses boarded on the grounds. When you visit the farm, you’ll also see the family’s furry friends Happy the Wonder Dog, the farm’s mascot and supervisors, and Stormy, a 3-year-old black lab who loves greeting guests. On weekends from the end of September through the end of October, you can pick your own pumpkins down at the patch, or purchase already picked ones in the country store.
Milky Way Farms is a historic farm and creamery located in the heart of Chester Springs on over 100 acres of family-owned land passed down over four generations. This working farm not only has dairy cows, but also a wide variety of agriculture from corn to pumpkins. While most of the milk produced on this farm is sold to Land O’ Lakes Cooperative, Milkway Farms does pasteurize some to produce their famous Chester Springs Creamery ice cream. They believe in sustainable agriculture and promote educational activities for young and old to support their farm into the next century and preserve the American tradition of dairy farming.
Located 5 miles West of West Chester Borough, Highland Orchards features over 200 acres of a variety of crops. From their pick your own fields to their expansive market, Highland Orchards has made grabbing fresh & delicious produce a breeze. Highland also works with neighboring farms throughout Chester and Lancaster counties to fill the isle of their market with local goods, as well as food trucks and wineries that set up shop right outside the market with their goods for purchase. Highland Orchards grows a wide variety of apples throughout its expansive grounds, and you’re sure to find your favorite in the mix.
From now until November 14th you can see Autumn’s Colors at Longwood Gardens. Stroll through their picturesque Meadow Garden bursting with life, or find some family fun in their whimsical Garden Railway and Pumpkin Playground. This staple attraction also hosts live music in their beer garden throughout the month of October on Thursdays through Saturdays from 5 pm to 8 pm. While Longwood Gardens is beautiful all year round, fall is a great time to visit this spectacular attraction.
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