The fall has arrived which means many New Jersey farmers are opening their doors and inviting families in for pumpkin picking, hayrides, corn mazes and games.

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Agritourism is growing every year in the Garden State and it's become an important time for farmers, especially if they need to make up any losses from the spring and summer months.

"Agritourism is fast becoming a larger and larger source of revenue for farmers to augment the crops that they grow. It's big business, but it's also small business. It helps family farms level out their income. It brings in millions of dollars," said Douglas Fisher, State Agriculture Secretary. "Farmers like people to come onto their farm so they can talk about their operations. At the same time, people are enjoying the experience, they're creating family memories and they can just relax and have fun while helping the farmers in their community."

Some of the things that families can enjoy at New Jersey farms include pumpkin picking, petting zoos, corn mazes and Halloween themed events.

"Farms have their ups and downs and if they haven't met their expectations that will allow them to continue operating, this time of year provides the cushion they may need to get by," said Fisher.

For more information, visit the New Jersey Department of Agriculture's website.


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