Queens Farm Hosts Sheep-Shearing, Pumpkin-Picking and Moonlight-Mazing

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    Fresh apples. Pumpkins of all sizes. Ochre colors. Autumn is a great time to be outdoors. The Queens County Farm Museum is ready for the season with a wide array of activities including sheep-shearing, nighttime wandering, hay rides, and a haunted house. More info and photos on jump page.

    This 47-acre parcel, which is New York City’s largest tract of undisturbed farmland, always hosts the Amazing Maize Maze, a three-acre corn stalk labyrinth where people get lost and find their way…and get lost again. This year is the 200th anniversary of the Star Spangled Banner, and Queens Farm is in the spirit with an American flag design for the living puzzle. To add to the fun, the Con Edison-sponsored maze will be open until 9 pm tomorrow — when the month-long, weekend pumpkin patch begins, too — and on October 18th, so intrepid visitors can use the starry sky (or flashlights) to guide them.

    This Sunday, Long Island Livestock Company‘s Tabbethia Haubold will shear some of Queens Farm’s Cotswold sheep. Plus, there will be a variety of Hudson Valley apples, fresh cider, and apple pie to purchase.

    Josh Kenser

    Details: Amazing Maize Maze, Queens County Farm Museum, 73-50 Little Neck Parkway, Oakdale Gardens, open on weekends through October 26th and on Columbus Day, October 13th, 11 am to 4:30 pm, $9 for adults/$5 for children (ages 4-11)/Free for children under age 3. Plus, the maze will be open until 9 pm on October 4th and October 18th.

    Bonus details: Sheep Shearing/Fall Kickoff, October 5th, 11 am to 4 pm, free (no gate admission).

    Extra bonus details: Halloween Haunted House, October 24th, 25th and 26th, 4 pm to 7 pm, $4.

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    Top photo: Lily Kesselman; middle photo: Josh Kesnerster; bottom photo: Queens Farm

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