Once there’s that first chill in the night air, thoughts start to turn to apple picking, corn mazes, and other fall-nomenal activities – and let’s be real – that includes the snacks. Lucky for us, there’s no shortage of farms and orchards ready to welcome and wow us with their masterful mazes and delectable treats. Here’s a handful of fall activities that are inseparable from their counterpart snacks.
No guide to the fall season in little Rhody would be complete without mention of Confreda Greenhouses & Farms. Locals wait all year to check out their pumpkin patch and famous “Scary Acres” haunted maze. It would be a fright if you didn’t grab a block of homemade fudge in all varieties of flavors, or a fresh pie, donuts, and other sweets from the market on the way out. Cranston
Want your fall farm outing to come with some of the state’s most popular food truck fare? Once again this year, the picturesque Cucumber Hill Farm will feature your favorite eateries on wheels waiting for you when you emerge from the three-acre corn maze, plus PYO pumpkin field and pony and tractor hay rides. For the daring, channel your inner Paul Bunyan with some axe throwing. Foster
Dating back to the 1890s, Dame Farm and Orchards is a classic stop for pumpkin picking and farm-stand produce, as well as staple snacks like cider donuts and kettle corn. You’ll also be able to pick your own apples (did someone say pie?) and wander lush sunflower and dahlia fields perfect for snapping selfies. Johnston
Escobar Farm’s annual corn maze is a perennial fave, and as always you can roam the stalks with snacks from their concession stand. Popcorn, raisins, animal crackers, and butterscotch lollipops will fuel your voyage to the end, and then stop by the pumpkin patch or hop on a hayride. Portsmouth
The oldest still-in-operation apple orchard in town, Jaswell’s Farm has upped their game with online reservations and curbside pick-up. Motor over to this fourth-generation, family-run farm to pick apples, sunflowers, and pumpkins. A visit isn’t complete without a fritter, Apple Cider Donut Ice Cream Sandwich, or other specialty fried dough from their outdoor stand and bakery. Smithfield
People have been flocking to the kid-friendly (translation: not haunted) corn maze at Salisbury Farm, a fifth-generation family farm, for ages. Along with the return of their much-anticipated Moonlight Mazes in October, you can pick your own pumpkins, and also take home a variety of sweets, including caramel- and chocolate-covered candy apples, chocolate-covered Oreos, old-timey honey sticks, and more. Johnston
A September 18 and 19 farm fest at Spring Hill Sugar House includes antique tractors, a corn maze, PYO pumpkins, blacksmithing demos, and the chance to see how cider is pressed, but you can visit anytime to get your sugar fix with a quart of pure maple syrup tapped on site – just be sure to bring cash or your checkbook. Richmond