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fall decorations from a farm

Fall Colors in the Hudson Valley

Traditionally, farm produce such as pumpkins, squash, hay bales and corn stalks are used to decorate houses and gardens.

There are still many small, family farms in the Hudson Valley that supply this produce at farm stands, local stores or farmers markets.

Fall decor - pumpkins and corn

Pumpkins and corn from Boice’s Farm in the Hudson Valley

One such farm is Boice’s Farm which is located in Saugerties. Their farm stand is on Kings Highway and they have a great selection of seasonal fruit, vegetables and flowers.

Chrysanthemums

Chrysanthemums

They also have decorative pots and ornaments for the house and garden. All the flowers are very well-tended and look great even this late in the season.

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The farm house at Boice's Farm

The farm house at Boice’s Farm

They have a field of sunflowers next to the farm house and they sell the cut blooms.

A field of sunflowers

Sunflower field at Boice’s Farm

A sunflower in bloom

Late summer beauty

A dried sunflower full of seeds

A dried sunflower full of seeds is a great decorative item. Or hang it up outside for the birds to enjoy

Sue, the Manager of Boice’s Farm Stand explained that their farm started in 1947. In the beginning, they had problems obtaining the seedling plants for the farm so they built a greenhouse and started growing their own. This expanded into growing cut flowers. They also provide chrysanthemums for the Saugerties ‘Mum Festival’ and make Kissing Balls for the holidays.

Sweet corn growing in a corn field

You can’t beat local corn – so fresh and sweet!

There are about seven bee hives in the fields and Sue confirmed that there is an improvement in  the pollination of the pumpkin and squash due to the bee hives. “Bees have been around forever so why not keep them around?”.

Decorative fall items from a farm - chrysanthemums, squash and cabbage

A classic combo – chrysanthemums, squash, pumpkins and decorative cabbage

Boice’s Farm stand is open weekdays and weekends.

Buy local and support our family farms!

Decorative pumpkin, sweetcorn and chrysanthemum flowers

Corn, pumpkin and “Mums”

Hydrangea flowers, green squash piled up on a hay bale

Hydrangea flowers and green squash piled up on a hay bale

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I was wondering what a ‘Leaf Peeper’ was. A woodland frog? A rare migratory bird? No, it turns out Leaf Peepers are people who visit to view the fall foliage in the Hudson Valley.

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This bridge over the Esopus Creek in the village of Saugerties was recently painted red (green was the previous color). I like the new color, it’s a traditional color used for barns and seems to blend nicely with the surroundings. The Catskill Mountains are in the distance.

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On the banks of the Esopus Creek the shrubs and small trees have rooted among the rocks.

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I was visiting a friend who lives opposite this ’empty’ plot of land. Not so empty, she has seen baby foxes romping here in the summer, their den is at the back on the left. White tailed deer browse in this field until the start of hunting season when they disappear. The wild grasses turn red in the fall.

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The Sassafras is a medium sized tree that grows about 65 feet tall and is native to the U.S. It has curious mitten shaped leaves that turn yellow in late summer. It’s roots were used to make the drink ‘Sassafras’ and it is a host for the caterpillar of the Spice Bush Swallowtail butterfly.

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The Hudson Valley is famous for the fall foliage of the maple trees. In this picture, the grey tree trunks are Hickory trees with lichen growing on the bark. Gustav Klimt painted some beautiful pictures of trees such as Beech Grove 1.

Why not celebrate fall with a Leaf Peeper Martini from Day Dreamer Desserts ?


I was walking around the village park and noticed how pretty the hedgerows are this time of year. The colors are more muted and subtle than the reds and yellows of the Maples.

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Here the purple Asters are growing wild and I’ve seen similar plants in local gardens.

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The Sweet Autumn Clematis (Clematis paniculata) climbs up all sorts of trees and shrubs, it may ‘appear’ in back yards too, probably from a seed dispersed by birds. By mid September the white flowers have fluffy see heads. In England we call this vine ‘Old Man’s Beard’.

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Who doesn’t love  the ‘Black-Eyed Susan’ (Rudbeckia Hirta)? They are so charming and bloom for about a month, then the yellow Goldfinches visit to eat the seed. This variety grows about a foot tall but I’ve seen them in my friend Robin’s garden growing to five feet tall – spectacular!

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In addition to flowers there a plenty of berries, these red ones are from the Spicebush (Lindera Benzoin) which is host to the Spicebush Swallowtail  butterfly. The leaves and berries have a peppery aroma.

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This is the Gray Dogwood (Cornus Racemosa) – it’s white berries are food for wildlife.

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This huge clump of five foot tall sunflowers is growing along the edge of the road. Tricky taking pictures because every time a car goes past the flowers sway a least a foot. These clear blue skies are typical of the Fall climate here in the Hudson Valley (unless it’s foggy of course!). What are your favorite fall flowers? Leave a comment I’d love to hear from you.

 Click here for another blogger’s take on Asters

Want to know what the Spicebush Swallowtale butterfly looks like? Check out this post (a caterpillar tale)

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