Pumpkin picking is a staple in Long Island fall culture. Whether your quest for the perfect pumpkin results in carving a Jack-O-Lantern or cooking a homemade pie, there’s nothing quite like a day spent in the crisp autumn air with your family, picking pumpkins amongst the color-changing trees. In order to help you spend more time in the field and less time on the internet, we’ve prepared this comprehensive guide to farms for pumpkin picking on Long Island (in no particular order).
List of Farms for Pumpkin Picking on Long Island
F&W Schmitt’s Family Farm
F&W Schmitt’s Family Farm is located at 26 Pinelawn Road in Melville. They’re open for pumpkin picking every day from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. until Halloween. This fall, they have a 7-acre corn maze that’s a blast for the whole family. Free hay rides, a huge straw pyramid, a playground, a haunted mansion, a petting zoo and pony rides can also be found at F&W Schmitt’s Family Farm, making it one of the premiere destinations for pumpkin picking on Long Island.
White Post Farms
Another Melville farm, White Post Farms, is located at 250 Old Country Road. On weekends until October 25th, White Post Farms will hold their Fall Festival from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. With sing-along hayrides, comedians, an exotic bird show and, of course, pumpkin picking, the Fall Festival is an awesome autumn celebration.
Harbes Family Farm
Located in Mattituck on Long Island’s North Fork, Harbes Family Farm will be hosting Pumpkin Fall Festivals from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. each Saturday until October 24th. Head out to Harbes’ Fall Pumpkin Festival for pumpkin picking, live music, roasted corn, hayrides, pony rides, corn mazes and children’s activities. Harbes Family Farm is also a vineyard, so they’ll have wine tasting at their Pumpkin Fall Festivals, too.
In Manorville, Fink’s Farm has a stand that sells pumpkins from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekdays, and from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekends this fall. On weekends, they hold a festival with attractions such as calf roping, pig racing, face painting, pony rides and delicious roasted corn.
With Hank’s Pumpkintown, the name says it all. At Hank’s you can pick pumpkins every day from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. until November 1st. However, pumpkin picking is not the only fall event you’ll find at Hank’s. It’s one of our favorite spots for pumpkin picking on Long Island because it also offers apple picking, corn mazes, wagon rides, a mountain slide, pedal cart racing, playgrounds, donuts, candy apples and much, much more.
Schmitt Family Farms
Schmitt Family Farms offers pumpkin picking every day from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and hosts a fall festival on weekends from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. At the fall festival, you’ll find hayrides, a bouncy house, a haunted maze and plenty of food including roasted corn and fresh baked pies.
Elwood Pumpkin Farm
Located on Jericho Turnpike in Huntington, Elwood Pumpkin Farm is Long Island’s closest farm to New York City. From 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays and 10 p.m. to 5 p.m. on weekends, you can hand pick pumpkins at the Elwood Pumpkin Farm, take a hayride around their fields and check out their children’s corn maze.
The Milk Pail
This Water Mill farm offers an outrageously wide selection of pumpkins of all different sizes and colors. From tiny gourds to 150 pounders, and from classic bright orange pumpkins to pale white ones, the Milk Pail’s selection will show you pumpkins you never knew existed!
May’s Farm, found in Wading River, offers pumpkin picking, hayrides and strolls through their greenhouse, which is filled with seasonal decorations. When you’re ready for a breather, relax with some cold apple cider, roasted corn and fresh Long Island potato chips.
Lewin Farms is also located in Wading River. Though they don’t offer as many activities as other farms on this list, they have plenty of fruits and vegetables to pick. Bring home some fresh tomatoes, peppers, eggplant and apples with your pumpkins and whip up a delicious Long Island-grown dinner.
Fairview Farm can be found on Eastern Long Island in Bridgehampton. Farm animals, a corn maze and a corn cannon for shooting cobs enhance the pumpkin picking experience you’ll have here. Kids will love wandering through the mini hay bale mazes, too.
Whether you go as soon as the farms open their gates or wait until the day before Halloween, it’s never too early or too late for pumpkin picking on Long Island. Some of these farms may have limited parking or might just be too much of a hike for you to drive. If you want to leave your car at home, give Ollie’s a call at a location near you or make a reservation online.