What better way to celebrate the fall edition of Sip & See Somerset than by including our farms? Check out the below ways to learn more about fall events, festivals, farmers markets, u-pick fields, community supported agriculture, and more!
Fall Events & Festivals
Somerset County is at the heart of New Jersey’s farming community.
Norz Hill Farm & Market – Corn mazes, pony rides, and farm tours are an appetizer to the fall offerings at Norz Hill Farm & Market. Family can enjoy a plethora of activities including u-pick pumpkins and hayrides and cap off the evening with their famed Scarefest that includes three separate experiences – 2 haunted walking trails and one haunted hayride.
Snyder’s Farm – Start your fall adventures with Snyder’s Farm at their Horror Movie Night. Make a family friendly day at their Farm Fall Festival during the weekends in October and enjoy activities such as pumpkin picking, corn maze, hamster wheel, giant slide, and more!
Raritan Headwaters Fall Shedfest – Kick fall off with this festival at Fairview Farms Wildlife Preserve. Bring your own chair or blanket and enjoy food trucks, beer, cider, kids activities, and games with beautiful scenery! Be on the lookout for their ever popular Fall Lantern Festival in November where you can walk through the fields while celebrating the end of the fall harvest.
Brite Nites – Wagner Farm Arboretum is back with their signature Brite Nites event. Check out thousands of intricately carved pumpkins set to varying themes spread out at Wagner Farm. This year drive-through and walk-through experiences will be available.
Bedminster Charities Fall Fest – A family fun day with live music and entertainment, food trucks, beer/wine gardens, and kids games and activities.
Branchburg Country Fair – Bringing thousands of families from Branchburg & the surrounding areas to White Oak Park since 1997. Each year this daylong, fun-filled event for families, friends & neighbors is bursting with activities, food, crafters, vendors, entertainment, fireworks and more.
Downtown Somerville – Dress up and hit the town for Spooktackular! This event includes trick-or-treating, music, activities, and more fun! Enjoy a night of spooks and thrills with guided Ghost Tours – costumes encouraged 😉
Downtown Bernardsville – Check out dozens of scarecrows in Downtown Bernardsville – and vote for your favorite one for their Scarecrow Stroll. Bernardsville will have their very own Ghost Tours to entertain – and spook! visitors coming through the town.
Spend even more time checking out the blazing colors as the leaves change during the season. Here you’ll find some of the best places to check out the fall foliage and locations for all to enjoy in Somerset County. Our lush green gardens, parks, and golf courses are about to have fiery pops of warm tones. Visitors can even check out some of our historical sites such as Washington Rock Park to see just how George Washington and his troops were able to lookout from afar to see British troop activity.
Somerset County’s farmers markets are running well into fall! Check out below for hours and locations.
Crane Farm (Basking Ridge)
Dogwood Farms @ English Farm (Liberty Corner)
Hidden Spring Lavender/Alpaca Farm (Montgomery)
Hillsboro Farm Country Market (Hillsborough)
Lima Family Farms (Hillsborough)
Norz Hill Farm & Market (Hillsborough)
Skillman Farm Market (Skillman)
Community Supported Agriculture (CSA)
Agricultural initiatives are a huge benefit to the local Somerset County economy. What is a CSA might you ask? Community Supported Agriculture offers their members regular offerings of incredibly fresh produce. Important: these locations are not setup to take visitors and are generally only open for limited hours for pickup on a membership basis.
Flipside Farm (Bedminster)
Martenette Farms (Hillsborough)
Zell’s Farm (Hillsborough)
Each NOFA chapter dedicates programming to aspiring and just-starting farmers, collectively referred to as Beginner Farmers. These programs have been able to explore the needs of Beginner Farmers in their states and expand their programs to better support and serve those needs. Particular emphasis is placed on improving Beginner Farmers’ access to education and peer support and networking. If you’re looking for more information on farm tours, social events, and more information on how to get started in farming, NOFA is a great go-to resource!
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Do you love the see the leaves changing color during the season? Fall foliage in Somerset County typically begins in October with peak colors appearing in mid-late October. If you’re looking to take in the blazing colors, we’ve got some great spots for you in our parks and outdoor locations!