The fall is upon us here on Long Island. That means that families and couples will start flocking east to the Island’s many wonderful pumpkin and apple picking farms. If you’re interested in choosing your own apples, visit one of these fantastic Long Island apple picking farms.
A Complete Guide to Long Island Apple Picking
Hop on the Apple Express and make your way out to the fields at Harbes Orchard, located on the North Fork in Riverhead. Although they have over 27 different varieties to choose from, their Honeycrisp and Golden Delicious apples are most popular around this time of year.
The orchard is open daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. However, this Long Island apple picking farm also has plenty of other family-friendly attractions, like an interactive corn maze, live music in the courtyard every weekend and a spooky maze for the older kids. Children under two get in free.
The Milk Pail Fresh Market and U-Pick in Water Mill is a family tradition that’s called Long Island home since the mid-1600s. These days, however, it’s one of the area’s most popular pumpkin and apple picking destinations.
When you visit Milk Pail this fall, you will be able to choose from exclusive apple varieties, including but not limited to:
- Milk Pail 24 (formerly known as Mecox 370)
Besides pumpkin and apple picking, Milk Pail also has a fresh market where you can find all kinds of fruits, vegetables, baked goods, flowers and gifts.
With locations in Jamesport and Aquebogue, Woodside Orchards is where you can find some good, old fashioned Long Island apple picking. From classics like Granny Smith and Gala to more unique types like Gravenstein and Rome Beauty, Woodside is proud to offer 28 different varieties of apples.
Woodside Orchards also has a hard cider tasting room where you can try their homemade picked and pressed ciders. Just remember, the Jamesport orchard is only open on weekends, while the Aquebogue orchard is only open on weekdays (except Wednesday).
Every day this fall except Tuesday, the terrific Lewin Farms in Calverton is open for business from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. It’s at this fourth-generation family farm where you can pick all kinds of apples, in addition to other fruits and vegetables.
If you’re looking for some classic fall family fun, try to make your way through their challenging, five-acre corn maze. Lewin Farms even has a concession stand for when you inevitably work up an appetite. However, make sure that you try their famous roasted corn and baked potatoes—you won’t regret it!
Long Island apple picking is one of the area’s top fall activities for all ages. Visit one of these amazing farms out east!