If you haven’t gotten a pumpkin yet for Halloween, head out to Queens. Today you can pick your own at the
Queens County Farm. Begun in 1697, this is the only working historical farm in the city. All kinds of vegetables are grown on site, and animals like these piglets are raised here. Today there will also be a haunted house ($4 admission, from 1-7pm) as well as a children’s fall festival with hayrides, a petting zoo, and games like the original “trinkets-in-the-haystack.” Available at the shop are farm-produced honey and apples. (Did you know the Newtown Pippin, the “prince of apples” preferred by George Washington and Thomas Jefferson, was first grown in Queens in the 1700s? It’s in season now, so seek it out.)
To reach the farm, take the E or F train to the Kew Gardens/Union Turnpike station, then ride the Q46 bus eastbound to Little Neck Parkway, and walk three blocks north to the museum entrance.