Fall festivals and fall harvest activities begin in August in Albuquerque. Although fall officially starts in late September, yellowing leaves and cooler temperatures signal its arrival by mid month. There are many wonderful fall festivals and harvest activities to choose from, so have some cider, pick a pumpkin and get ready. Before you know it, it will be Halloween.
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Apple season in New Mexico comes as a surprise to many. There are many orchards throughout the state and quite a few in the Albuquerque area. Find one near you, and plan to spend a day out with the kids, or just stop by for a bushel, a basket, or a chance to look around. Each orchard specializes in several varieties of this All American fruit.
Don't miss your chance to pick apples in Albuquerque's north valley at Manzana Villa's annual apple picking party and harvest celebration. Find the ranch at 9718 Loretta Drive NW.
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At local grocery stores and at farmer's markets the fall season means chile roasting time. True die hards look for the biggest bag at the lowest prices, but the flavor of a New Mexican chile pod can't be beaten, no matter the price per pod.
Find out about chile roasting, from how to roast and peel, to where to buy the pods.
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Stomp grapes, make cider, eat freshly roasted corn. Visit a harvest festival and join in the fun.
Harvest celebrations include apple picking opportunities, a sunflower festival, a chile festival, beer fests, salsa fiestas and even a pinto bean fiesta. Enjoy the bounty of the season and pick up some fruits and vegetables to take home.
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Raspberries are abundant in New Mexico, which may come as a surprise to some. But gardeners know raspberries thrive in the high desert.
Take the annual trek to Salman Ranch in Mora to pick your own berries, or try picking them in Chimayo. Heidi's now has its u-pick in Los Lunas. You can't go wrong, whether picking them to eat fresh, or for making jam. And don't miss Tome Berry Farm, where you can pick your own or buy them by the pint.Continue to 5 of 6 below.
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You can take a ride to a pumpkin patch just outside of town, or visit the one in town if you don't want to go far. Pick some up to decorate in time for Halloween.
The largest pumpkin patch in the area is McCalls Pumpkin Patch in Moriarty. It's an annual tradition for those with young children, as there are activities, rides, and of course, picking a pumpkin. McCall's also has a corn maze for those who enjoy getting lost in the stalks on an autumn day.
Galloping Grace is on the west side, in Rio Rancho, and offers kids the chance to pet some animals and see them up close while picking their pumpkins.
Wagner Farms provides fresh from the field pumpkins in both their Los Lunas and Corrales locations. Both locations offer a corn maze as well as the ride out to the field to find the perfect orange globe.
The Rio Grande Community Farms provide kids with the chance to find a pumpkin every weekend in October, along with the chance to wander through a corn maze.