Does it get better than a fall afternoon in Maine? Our rural farms are bursting with color this time of year, and they’re a wonderful place to spend the day. Stop by these charming, family-owned farms to pick apples, take a hayride, enjoy cider and donuts, and of course, to choose the perfect pumpkin for your front porch.
1. Berry Fruit Farm, Livermore
On weekends, enjoy live music, train rides and other fun activities. Open 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. 361 Crash Road, Livermore.
2. Brackett's Orchard, Limington
Visit for apple and pumpkin picking, apple cider and train rides. Don't miss the fresh apple donuts! Pick Your Own is open every day of the week from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. 224 Sokokis Ave., Limington.
3. County Fair Farm, Jefferson
Visit Country Fair Farm for pick-your-own pumpkins and apples, hay rides and more! Open daily 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.423 Augusta Road, Jefferson.
4. Homewood Farm, Blue Hill
Check out Homewood Farm this fall for a fun corn maze, pick-your-own pumpkin (or choose one that's already picked) and hay rides. Open Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.. 118 Ackley Farm Road, Blue Hill.
5. Hope Orchards, Hope
Pick your own pumpkin, and while you're there pick some apples, too! Open Wednesday through Sunday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.. 434 Camden Road, Hope.
6. Libby & Son U Pick, Limerick
Apple and pumpkin-picking, live music and fun activities for the kids. Of course, you'll need some donuts and caramel apples, too! 86 Sawyer Mountain Road, Limerick.
7. McDougal Farms, Springvale
Open 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., this adorable farm offers pumpkins, apples and plenty of fresh donuts. 201 Hanson Ridge Road, Springvale.
8. Pumpkin Valley Farm, Dayton
Take a hayride to the pumpkin patch to choose the best pumpkin...then enjoy the corn maze, jumping pillow, cow train and more. Open Friday 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.; Saturday/Sunday 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.. 100 Union Falls Road, Dayton.
9. Spiller Farm, Wells
You-pick pumpkins and hay rides. Call ahead to check on hours, which depend on current weather conditions. (207) 985-2575.
10. Ricker Hill Orchards, Turner
Pumpkins, apples, apple cider donuts and plenty of fun activities. Open daily 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.. 295 Buckfield Road, Turner.
11. Treworgy Family Orchards, Levant
You'll surely find the perfect pumpkin on this five-acre pumpkin patch! Also enjoy the corn maze and other activities. Open Tuesday through Sunday 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.. 3876 Union Street, Levant.