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Although fall officially starts in late September, yellowing leaves and cooler temperatures signal its arrival by late August. There are many wonderful fall festivals and harvest activities to choose from, so have some cider, pick a pumpkin and get ready. Before you know it, it will be Halloween.

1. Apple Picking Orchards

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Apple season in New Mexico comes as a surprise to many. There are many orchards throughout the state, and quite a few in the Albuquerque area. Find one near you, and plan to spend a day out with the kids, or just stop by for a bushel, a basket, or a chance to look around. Each orchard specializes in several varieties of this All American fruit.

2. Chile Roasting

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At local grocery stores and at farmer's markets the fall season means chile roasting time. True die hards look for the biggest bag at the lowest prices, but the flavor of a New Mexican chile pod can't be beat, no matter the price per pod.

Find out about chile roasting, from how to roast and peel, to where to buy the pods.

3. Harvest Festivals

Stomp grapes, make cider, eat freshly roasted corn. Visit a harvest festival and join in the fun.

4. Raspberries in Season

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Raspberries are abundant in New Mexico, which may come as a surprise to some. But gardeners know raspberries thrive in the high desert.

Take the annual trek to Salman Ranch in Mora to pick your own berries, or try picking them in Chimayo. Heidi's now has its u-pick in Los Lunas. You can't go wrong, whether picking them to eat fresh, or for making jam.

5. Maize Maze

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The Rio Grande Community Farm creates a corn maze each year, always in a different shape. For 2013, the maze is shaped like a fractal. Finding your way through it is a lot of fun, and takes planning, skill and a little bit of luck.

6. Pumpkin Patches

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You can take a ride to a pumpkin patch just outside of town, or visit the one in town if you don't want to go far. Pick some up to decorate in time for Halloween.
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