Sweetening the change from summer to autumn is the glorious tradition of marching into a local orchard, reaching up and picking delicious, juicy orbs of fruit. That’s right, apple picking season’s back!
As the sun sets on summer and autumn approaches on Long Island, area residents flock to the East End for with this perennial favorite family activity. Here’s where to go apple picking on LI this season.
The apple orchard will open on Sept. 10 offering a deal of $32 to pick a one-peck bag of apples, maximum four people per bag, 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday. The orchard offers a wide variety of apples from cortland to fuji, 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
Apple-picking season starts Sept. 3 at this fun farm ahead of the Harbes Orchard Annual Apple Harvest festival is on Sept. 10-11 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., which features a Robin Hood Trivia Challenge Corn Maze, pumpkin picking, pony rides, and more. Entry is $9 per person throughout apple season. 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
Enjoy locally grown fresh apples from September through October. Customers are encouraged to call ahead to find out about U-Pick date availability. 812 Sound Ave., Calverton, 631-929-4327, lewinfarm.com
Milk Pail Farm
Milk Pail Farm open Sept. 3 through October offering more than 20 apple varieties for picking from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Fridays through Sundays. 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 September 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. 28700 Main Rd., Cutchogue, 631-734-6441, wickhamsfruitfarm.com
Windy Acres Farm
The farm sells apple-picking quarter-peck bags at the entrance from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on weekends. 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
These two 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. The Aquebogue location features one f the East End’s few hard cideries and offers tastings, cookies, and doughnuts. 729 Main Rd., Aquebogue and 116 Manor Lane, Jamesport, 631-722-5770, woodsideorchards.com
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