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Larry Cronish of New City watches daughter Emma, (Credit: John Meore)

Larry Cronish of New City watches daughter Emma, 3, and Nate, 5, pick apples as apple-picking season begins at Conklin Farm in Pomona. (Sept. 9, 2012)

Fall is in the air

Though the official first day of Autumn is Sept. 22, fall festivities including apple picking and harvest festivals are already under way in the Hudson Valley.

Lily Cammalleri, 4, of Hallworth, N.J., pulls apples
(Credit: Angela Gaul)

Lily Cammalleri, 4, of Hallworth, N.J., pulls apples out of a bag attached to a picking pole in the orchards at Dr. Davies Farm in Congers. (Sept. 17, 2012)

Larry Cronish of New City watches daughter Emma,
(Credit: John Meore)

Larry Cronish of New City watches daughter Emma, 3, and Nate, 5, pick apples as apple-picking season begins at Conklin Farm in Pomona. (Sept. 9, 2012)

Dr. Davies Farm has some 4,000 apple trees
(Credit: Angela Gaul)

Dr. Davies Farm has some 4,000 apple trees ripe for the picking on 35 acres of land in Congers. (Sept. 17, 2012)

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Pine Bush Tiger Scouts from Pack 37 sell
(Credit: Caylena Cahill)

Pine Bush Tiger Scouts from Pack 37 sell chocolate as a fundraiser to help support pack activities, such as the Pinewood Derby event and camp-outs. (Sept. 15, 2012)

A father and son climb to find the
(Credit: John Meore)

A father and son climb to find the good apples as apple-picking season begins at Conklin Farm in Pomona. (Sept. 9, 2012)

Cindy Hall, a Grandview native who resides in
(Credit: Angela Gaul)

Cindy Hall, a Grandview native who resides in Mariposa, Calif., but returns to Dr. Davies Farm every fall for apple-picking season, helps customer John Massaro of Old Tappan, N.J., at the farm stand on Route 304 in Congers. "I've been doing this for 24 years and they're like family. I love them," Hall said, of the Davies family. The Davies family has run been running the farm since 1891 and boasts 4,000 apple trees on 35 acres of land. (Sept. 17, 2012)

Kelley Edkins, of Honey Bee Tea in the
(Credit: Caylena Cahill)

Kelley Edkins, of Honey Bee Tea in the Town of Bethel, sells herbs and honey products during the harvest festival in Pine Bush. Edkins, who has been in this business for 13 years, said this is about the fourth time she attended this event.(Sept. 15, 2012)

Culinary Creations Confections and Cafe in Pine Bush
(Credit: Caylena Cahill)

Culinary Creations Confections and Cafe in Pine Bush sells sweets outside its shop Saturday during the annual harvest festival in Pine Bush. (Sept. 15, 2012)

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Boy Scouts of America sell bracelets and pumpkins,
(Credit: Caylena Cahill)

Boy Scouts of America sell bracelets and pumpkins, a true sign of fall harvest, at the harvest festival in Pine Bush. (Sept. 15, 2012)

The Makaras and Tatar families enjoy an afternoon
(Credit: John Meore)

The Makaras and Tatar families enjoy an afternoon in the orchard as apple-picking season begins at Conklin Farm in Pomona. (Sept. 9, 2012)

A young girl enjoys the fruit of her
(Credit: John Meore)

A young girl enjoys the fruit of her labor as apple-picking began at the Orchards at Conklin in Pomona. (Sept. 9, 2012)

A young girl enjoys the fruit of her
(Credit: John Meore)

A young girl enjoys the fruit of her labor as apple-picking began at the Orchards at Conklin in Pomona. (Sept. 9, 2012)

Joyce Prince, of Warwick, paints a unicorn and
(Credit: Caylena Cahill)

Joyce Prince, of Warwick, paints a unicorn and rainbow for Olivia, 2, of Pine Bush, during Saturday's harvest festival in Pine Bush. Prince says she loves painting faces because she loves the kids and the results. She used to make custom, on-the-spot wooden plaques during the festival, but changed to face painting a few years ago. (Sept. 15, 2012)

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Donna Dolby of Bergenfield, N.J., uses a picking
(Credit: Angela Gaul)

Donna Dolby of Bergenfield, N.J., uses a picking pole to get apples from the highest branches in the orchards at Dr. Davies Farm in Congers. (Sept. 17, 2012)

Adele Gollub, 2, of Rivervale, N.J.. investigates the
(Credit: Angela Gaul)

Adele Gollub, 2, of Rivervale, N.J.. investigates the leaves on apple trees in the orchards at Dr. Davies Farm in Congers. (Sept. 17, 2012)

From left, Megan Brady, 9, of Dumont, N.J.,
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From left, Megan Brady, 9, of Dumont, N.J., goes apple-picking with her cousin Donna Dolby of Bergenfield, N.J., and sister Lauren Brady, 11, in the orchards at Dr. Davies Farm in Congers. (Sept. 17, 2012)

Cindy Hall, a Grandview native who resides in
(Credit: Angela Gaul)

Cindy Hall, a Grandview native who resides in Mariposa, Calif. but returns to Dr. Davies Farm every fall for apple-picking season, works at the farm stand on Route 304 in Congers. "I've been doing this for 24 years and they're like family. I love them," Hall said, of the Davies family. The Davies family has run been running their farm since 1891 and boasts 4,000 apple trees on 35 acres of land.(Sept. 17, 2012)

Dr. Davies Farm has bushels of apples for
(Credit: Angela Gaul)

Dr. Davies Farm has bushels of apples for sale at one of two farm stands on either side of the orchard in Congers. There are 4,000 apple trees ripe for the picking on 35 acres of land. (Sept. 17, 2012)

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Dr. Davies Farm has gourds for sale at
(Credit: Angela Gaul)

Dr. Davies Farm has gourds for sale at one of two farm stands on either side of the orchard in Congers. Plus there are 4,000 apple trees ripe for the picking on 35 acres of land. (Sept. 17, 2012)

Dr. Davies Farm has 4,000 apple trees ripe
(Credit: Angela Gaul)

Dr. Davies Farm has 4,000 apple trees ripe for the picking on 35 acres of land in Congers. (Sept. 17, 2012)

From left, Shaday Garvey, 9, of Elmsford, picks
(Credit: Angela Gaul)

From left, Shaday Garvey, 9, of Elmsford, picks apples with her sisters Olivia, 8; Chelsea, 14; and Kazia, 18, along with their mother, Ardine Garvey, at Dr. Davies Farm in Congers. (Sept. 17, 2012)

A hay ride passes through the orchards at
(Credit: Angela Gaul)

A hay ride passes through the orchards at Dr. Davies Farm in Congers. (Sept. 17, 2012)

The Cammalleri and Panepinto families of Hallworth, N.J.,
(Credit: Angela Gaul)

The Cammalleri and Panepinto families of Hallworth, N.J., and Mawah, N.J. , respectively, pick apples in the orchards at Dr. Davies Farm in Congers. (Sept. 17, 2012)

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From left, Emma Cammalleri, 7, of Hallworth, N.J.;
(Credit: Angela Gaul)

From left, Emma Cammalleri, 7, of Hallworth, N.J.; her sister Lily , 4; and Bobby Panepinto, 5, of Mahwah, N.J., play on a tractor at Dr. Davies Farm in Congers. (Sept. 17, 2012)

From left, Ophelia Harris of Valley Cottage prepares
(Credit: Angela Gaul)

From left, Ophelia Harris of Valley Cottage prepares to take her sons Maxim, 1, and Xavier, 5, apple-picking with her mother, Milagros Perez, also of Valley Cottage, and a friend, Ophelia Henriquez, 18, who is visiting from the Dominican Republic, at Dr. Davies Farm in Congers. (Sept. 17, 2012)

An employee restocks mums near a full aisle
(Credit: Angela Gaul)

An employee restocks mums near a full aisle of locally grown pumpkins at Stew Leonard's in Yonkers. Beginning on Sept. 29, the store will offer free hayrides through its pumpkin patch from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday, and from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on weekends and Columbus Day. They will also show four different Halloween movies in the garden center at 7 p.m. on each Friday in October. (Sept. 14, 2012)

It's beginning to look a lot like Halloween
(Credit: Angela Gaul)

It's beginning to look a lot like Halloween at Stew Leonard's in Yonkers. Beginning on Sept. 29, the store will offer free hayrides through its pumpkin patch from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday, and from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on weekends and Columbus Day. They will also show four different Halloween movies in the garden center at 7 p.m. on each Friday in October. (Sept. 14, 2012)

It's beginning to look a lot like Halloween
(Credit: Angela Gaul)

It's beginning to look a lot like Halloween at Stew Leonard's in Yonkers. Beginning on Sept. 29, the store will offer free hayrides through its pumpkin patch from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday, and from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on weekends and Columbus Day. They will also show four different Halloween movies in the garden center at 7 p.m. on each Friday in October. (Sept. 14, 2012)

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