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Fall’s Nearly Right here. Can We Nonetheless Go Apple Choosing?

Carter Mountain Orchard, in Charlottesville, Va., has applied a ticket reservation system — visitors can select from three time slots per day. “We completely can’t accommodate the identical variety of folks this yr that we’ve got in earlier years,” mentioned Cynthia Chiles, the proprietor of the orchard. Guests may also drive by way of the 200-acre orchard and buy ready-picked apples from their automobiles. Tickets aren’t wanted, however ordering upfront is really useful.

The alterations are related at you-pick pumpkin patches. Although it doesn’t take reservations, Hank’s Pumpkintown in Water Mill, N.Y., within the Hamptons, has added hand-washing stations and hand-sanitizer dispensers throughout the grounds that embody areas for apple choosing and a corn maze (admission to points of interest from $10; free admission to the pumpkin patch; pumpkins offered by the pound).

At Whitcomb’s Land of Pumpkins and Corn Maze in Williston, Vt., opening Sept. 19, the spacing between pumpkin rows, like its corn maze aisles, are wider and hand sanitizer is supplied upon entrance (corn maze admission, $5).

Many corn mazes this yr may have wider paths, and extra passing lanes the place maze-goers can distance themselves from others at factors the place they have to determine which solution to go; some are lowering the variety of these choices or eliminating dead-end choices, based on Brett Herbst, the proprietor of The MAiZE, an organization based mostly in Spanish Fork, Utah, that works with greater than 280 farms in North America and Europe in designing and constructing corn mazes.

“These are about three to 4 occasions the scale of a Dwelling Depot or Walmart,” Mr. Herbst mentioned, noting mazes run 300,000 to 600,000 sq. toes. “I don’t know of a enterprise that may social distance higher than we are able to provided that we’re outdoor and have such a big footprint.”

Mr. Herbst additionally operates Cornbelly’s, a corn maze in Lehi, Utah, that has partnered with Disney to theme its 2020 maze after the film “Toy Story” (admission from $13.95). Each the maze, opening Sept. 25, and the movie flip 25 this yr.

To adjust to pandemic-imposed capability restrictions, most mazes require timed and ticketed admission this season. Close to Fredericksburg, Va., Belvedere Plantation is promoting timed tickets to its maze to maintain inside the state capability restrict of 1,000 folks, and has made all the things cashless besides the animal feed dispensers that also take quarters (admission from $13.95). Its 34 campfire websites can be found by reservation for four-hour home windows ($75), although most points of interest, together with a pumpkin patch and hayride, are included with admission.

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