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It’s apple picking season at these nine Long Island farms. (Getty Images)

As the sun sets on summer and autumn approaches on Long Island, area residents flock to the East End to celebrate the change of seasons with a perennial favorite family activity: apple picking. Here’s where to go apple picking on LI this month.

Hank’s Pumpkintown

The apple orchard will open on Sept. 11 offering a deal of $30 to pick a one-peck bag of apples, maximum four people per bag, every Saturday and Sunday. The orchard offers a wide variety of apples, and posts weekly updates on its Facebook page stating which kinds will be available for picking. 240 Montauk Hwy., Watermill, 631-726-4667, hankspumpkintown.com

Harbes Family Farm and Orchard 

The Annual Apple Harvest is on Sept. 11-12 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., which features a Robin Hood Trivia Challenge Corn Maze, pumpkin picking, pony rides, and more. All guests (except children 2 and under and those with special needs) are required to wear masks and maintain social distancing. 5698 Sound Ave., Riverhead, 631-369-1111, harbesfamilyfarm.com

Hayden’s Peach Orchard

Stock up to make peach-apple pies: The orchard will be open for fruit picking 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily and continually posts updates on their website regarding which days are available for orchard picking. 561 Hulse Landing County Rd. 54, Wading River, 631-929-1115, davis-peach-farm.business.site

Lewin Farms

Enjoy locally grown fresh apples from September through October. Customers can call to find out about U-Pick date availability. Guests must maintain social distancing and anyone with symptoms will not be allowed to enter the fields. 812 Sound Ave., Calverton, 631-929-4327, lewinfarm.com

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Milk Pail Farm

The Milk Pail Farm will be open Saturday of Labor Day weekend through October offering more than 20 apple varieties for picking from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Five-pound bags are $14 cash for one person and 20-pound bags are $49 for six people. 1346 Montauk Hwy., Watermill, milk-pail.com

Seven Ponds Orchard  

The orchard is open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily for U-Pick apples and berries. The farmers market also offers freshly baked goods for sale plus Toyland and a corn maze. More information about U-Pick dates can be found on its Facebook. 65 Seven Ponds Rd., Watermill, 631-726-8015, facebook.com/pages/category/Farmers-Market/Seven-Ponds-Orchard

Wickham’s Fruit Farm

Apple picking will be available throughout October, Monday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The farm recommends calling ahead in the morning to confirm whether or not U-Pick will be open. Masks and social distancing are required in the fields. 28700 Main Rd., Cutchogue, 631-734-6441, wickhamsfruitfarm.com

Windy Acres Farm 

The farm sells $8 apple-picking quarter-peck bags at the entrance from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. Kids ages 2 and under enter free. The orchard has miniature trees, perfect for children, as well as a kids play area, corn maze, hayrides, and more. 3810 Middle Country Rd., Calverton, 631-727-4554, facebook.com/WindyAcresFarm

Woodside Orchards 

The orchards open for apple picking mid-September through Columbus Day weekend. The Aquebogue location is open 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. during the week, while Jamesport is open 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday in September. Peck bags are sold for $20. Outdoor seating compliant with Covid-19 restrictions for hard cider tastings, cookies, and doughnuts is available. Masks are required. 729 Main Rd., Aquebogue and 116 Manor Lane, Jamesport, 631-722-5770, woodsideorchards.com

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