I suspect that in NE you should at least be thinking about removing honey supers and squeezing your bees down to the amount of space they can heat over winter.
Surround your bees broodnest using 'frame manipulation' (hopefully broodnest is already located in the bottom middle range) with honey frames starting on the bottom box, creating a bit of a pyramid (adding more honey as you go up, w/ a 'full' honey super on top. Some beeks, including myself will pour dry sugar on top of the inner cover (w/ an empty box holding it all together) as insurance come Spring.
By removing extra space this time of year you will encourage your bees to fill any remaining empty space with honey/pollen. You don't want to give them so much room they are unable to heat it during winter.
However, If you think they are getting crowded (it's been a while but I've had colonies swarm in September) and your goldenrod flow is as good as mine is right now, let them make some more honey for you and/or your bees before performing the above squeeze down. It appears by your description they've made plenty (Hooray!!) already. I usually leave the goldenrod for my bees
For myself, I always try to pull some honey for me as well as my bees because although I will feed them sugar I prefer (and the bees very likely prefer) to feed them honey 8-).
And you don't need an extractor to harvest honey, just a butter knife (even a spoon), a clean wash tub and something to place the cut out honey comb, we use pint and quart mason jars. If using foundation it's a bit more tricky (foundation...yuk!) but it can be done if careful. Leave the clean up for your bees 8-)