There are many reasons why October is prime pumpkin picking season — pumpkin patches are in peak harvesting condition, summer is officially over and families are in full fall mindset. And with Halloween at the end of the month, now’s the time to work on claiming the 2021 title for best jack-o-lantern in your neighborhood. If you’re looking for pumpkins, you’ll want to start at these farms, many of which also offer apple picking, farm stands, children’s activities and more autumn excitement.
56 Gnarled Hollow Rd., East Setauket, 631-689-8172, bennersfarm.com 12-4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.
ELWOOD PUMPKIN AND CHRISTMAS TREE FARM
1500 E Jericho Tpke., Huntington, 631-368-8626, elwoodpumpkinfarm.com 10 a.m.-5 p.m. weekends, 3-5 p.m. weekdays or by appointment.
19 Horsemill Ln., Bridgehampton, 631-537-6154, fairviewfarmatmecox.com 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Fridays-Sundays.
FINK’S COUNTRY FARM
6242 Middle Country Rd., Wading River, 631-886-2272, finksfarm.com 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. weekends and Columbus Day through Nov. 1.
F&W SCHMITT FAMILY FARM
26 Pinelawn Rd., Melville. 631-271-3276, schmittfarms.com. 12-4:30 p.m. weekdays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. weekends.
GABRIELSEN’S COUNTRY FARM
200 Herricks Lane, Jamesport, 631-722-3259, gabrielsenscountryfarm.com 8 a.m.-6 p.m. daily.
633 Victory Ave., Brookhaven. 631-327-8559, Facebook.com/GloverFarmsBrookhaven 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. daily.
240 Montauk Hwy., Watermill. 631-726-4667, hankspumpkintown.com 9:30 a.m.-5:45 p.m. daily.
HARBES FAMILY FARMS
1223 Route 25, Jamesport, 715 Sound Ave., Mattituck, and 5698 Sound Ave., Riverhead. 631-298-0800, harbesfamilyfarm.com 9 a.m.-6 p.m. daily at Jamesport and Mattituck farms, weekends only in Riverhead.
HELEN’S GREENHOUSE FAMILY FARM
987 Union Ave., Aquebogue. 631-722-8449, Facebook.com/Helens-Flower-Farm 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. daily.
100 Jericho Tpke.,Westbury, hicksnurseries.com 8 a.m.-6 p.m. daily.
38030 Route 25, Peconic. 631-734-7841. Facebook.com/KrupskiFarms 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday-Sunday.
LENNY BRUNO FARMS
740 Wading River Rd., Manorville, 631-591-3592, lennybrunofarms.com 9 a.m.-6 p.m. daily.
812 Sound Ave., Calverton. 631-929-4327, lewinfarm.com 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. daily, except Tuesdays.
MAY’S FARM STAND
6361 Route 25A, Wading River. 631-929-6654, maysfarmny.com 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Sunday.
MILK PAIL FARM AND ORCHARD
1346 Montauk Hwy., Watermill. 631-537-2565, milk-pail.com 9.30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Monday, Wednesday- Saturday. 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Sunday.
ROTTKAMP’S FOX HOLLOW FARM
2287 Sound Ave, Baiting Hollow, 631-727-1786. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. weekends.
SEVEN PONDS ORCHARD
65 Seven Ponds Rd., Watermill, 631-726-8015. Facebook.com/SevenPonds-Orchard 9 a.m.-6 p.m. daily.
STAKEY’S PUMPKIN FARM
270 West Ln., Aquebogue, 631-722-3467, stakeyspumpkinfarm.com 12 p.m.-5 p.m. weekdays. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. weekends.
SUFFOLK COUNTY FARM
350 Yaphank Avenue, Yaphank, ccesuffolk.org 9 a.m.-3 p.m. daily.
WICKHAM’S FRUIT FARM
28700 Main Road, Cutchogue, 631-734-6441, wickhamsfruitfarm.com M10 a.m.-3 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays.
WINDY ACRES FARM
3810 Middle Country Rd., Calverton. 631-727-4554, facebook.com/windy-acres-farm 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.
-David Taylor and Brianna Knibbs
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