Fall Fun

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Family Fun • Apple Picking • Old Fashion Cider • Region's Best Cider Donuts* • Farm Animals • Free Hayrides

* Voted best cider donuts of the capital region by Times Union Sweet 16 votes.

Fall Festivities

U-Pick Apples – Starting early September 10th, come pick your own Macs, Cortland, and Empires! Later varieties will begin in October.

Straw Maze & Animal Viewing $2 per walking person & Free Hayrides 12 – 5 Saturday & Sundays (September 10th – Columbus day)

Fall Weekend Events

Other than apple picking and riding around on our free hayrides, we’ve got some other fun activities cookin’ up this year.

Oct 8, Oct 9, & Oct 10

Petting paddock, straw maze and free hayrides 12 – 5 pm both Saturday and Sunday. Monday 11 – 3. Cider, cider donuts, and apple picking available anytime during store hours.

1 - 4 pm Sat, Oct 8th

Music by: Lost Radio Rounders

Playing Historic American Music, freely embracing gospel, folk, blues and honky-tonk roots in a variety of fun, singalong, family-friendly themed programs and general performances. Tom Lindsay (vocals, guitar), Michael Eck (mandolin, ukulele, etc.) and Paul “Bowtie” Jossman (banjo, guitar, vocals).

1- 4 pm Sun, Oct 9th

Music by: The Reverberators

Take some straight up rock ‘n roll, a little bit of blues, ballads and rockabilly, add some original tunes reminiscent of the great vocal groups of the 60’s and 70’s (Beatles, Byrds, Creedence, Eagles, CSNY) and that’s the REVERBERATORS.

Frequently Asked Questions

Most frequent questions and answers

Do we pay for U-Pick Bags?

No! Our U-Pick pricing is based on the weight you pick. For ease of carrying, grab as many or as few bags as you’d like, enjoy yourself out there, then visit us later to pay for the apples you’ve picked.

Can we bring our dog?

We do love dogs, but please leave them at home for this trip. Due to insurance we do not allow dogs on the farm. On-duty service animals welcome.

When do the hayrides go?

On Saturdays & Sundays from Sept 10th – Columbus Day, our hayrides run a loop of the farm about once every 20 minutes from noon until 5 pm. If you don’t see it when you pull up, it’ll be back shortly. If it’s sitting there you’re welcome to find a seat. The driver will be back shortly.

Please do not leave children unattended around the hayride. Please leave our bales intact.

11 Things to Do This Fall!

Make sure you get the most out of fall, here’s a list to help you out!
Best Apple Cider Donuts

1. Try the BEST apple cider donuts in the Region!

Weeks spent perfecting our apple cider donut recipe paid off when they were voted best in the Capital District by Times Union readers! We’re honored by this recognition and invite everyone to come give them a try…maybe you can identify our secret ingredient?!
Fall Festivities Upstate New York

2. Eat Apples!

Come pick your own apples or purchase some in our store. Whether you’re a serious apple picker, or just interested in picking a few for fun, you’ll find it at our farm! Call us for the most up-to-date picking information.


3. Pick your own fall raspberries!

Due to our lack of rain this summer – we will not be having U-Pick Raspberries.  I’m sure next fall we’ll have plenty. 

Hay Rides in the Fall

5. Take a FREE Hayride...or three

Get off at the different stops or stay on, and ride around. Our free hayride will drop you off or pick you up at the Barn, Petting Paddock, pumpkin patch, and the far apple orchard.

Hayrides run approximately every half hour from noon to 5pm weekends starting September 10th through October 9th as long as the weather permits!
Columbus Day hours: 11am to 3pm – weather permitting.

Fall Festivals Near Albany New York


Starting the end of September — Can you pick a perfect pumpkin? We’re sure you will be able to find one at Kristy’s Barn! Walk or take a free hayride on weekends down to the patch or search around The Barn for a pumpkin that will make a great Jack-O-Lantern! Pumpkin fun begins the end of September – call us for more information!

Farm tours for children albany new york

7. Meet Farm Animals

Our Petting Paddock is in full swing this year.  $2 paid entry for anyone who walks, comes with a cup of feed. 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult.   Also included with the entry fee is a fun straw maze. 

Home baked pies

8. Pies!

Apple, Apple Crisp, Apple Walnut and many more! We’ve got them, or we’ve got the supplies if you want to bake your own!

Want to reserve a pie for Thanksgiving? Call us at the store to get added to the Thanksgiving Pie List, then pick up your fresh baked pie the day before Thanksgiving.

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9. Decorate for Fall

We have beautiful mums, corn stalks, straw, mini pumpkins, gourds, Indian corn, pumpkins, and more. If you want to get into the fall spirit, we’ve got you covered!
Free hayrides NY

10. Plan a Bonfire or Group Tour!

Kristy’s Barn offers affordable bonfire parties great for clubs, groups, families, and friends! These bonfires start out at the store, where groups load onto the wagon for a moonlight ride to a secluded bonfire destination. Once there, groups can enjoy apple cider, donuts, and other snack packages. Contact us to find out the details.

Not so interested in the dark? Kristy’s Barn offers group and school tours tailored for your specific group. These hands-on walking or wagon tours allow children to learn about farming, our agricultural practices, and see where their food comes from. Farm animals such as ducklings, calves, and sheep, can make guest appearances too! Contact Kris using the form below, or call her Monday – Friday between 9am and 3pm for more information.

Local Farms in Upstate New York

11. Sit back and enjoy the view!

I know we said we only had ten for you… but here’s one extra you might enjoy! We know that fall can be a busy time of year so we invite you to schedule some time for yourself this fall and Kristy’s Barn! Meet a friend, enjoy your family, or just take an afternoon for yourself. We’ve got picnic tables, rocking chairs, snacks, and a terrific view of Thatcher park and the Heidelberg Mountains! Come see for yourself.