What better way to start the fall season than to pick the perfect pumpkin at a local patch?
“I’m really excited that there’s some twists and turns in the season with the weather and it appears this is the best crop I’ve ever had in my life,” said Jim Stakey, owner and operator of Stakey’s pumpkin patch in Aquebogue for over 40 years. “I started in 1976 at 15…and this appears to be the best crop—if it’s not the best it’s certainly one of the best.”
Check out some places on Long Island to go pumpkin picking this fall:
Starting on Sept. 30 through Halloweekend you can pick pumpkins at Benner’s Farm. 56 Gnarled Hollow Rd., Setauket. 631-689-8172. bennersfarm.com 12-4 p.m. Saturday, Sunday.
Borella’s Farm Stand Fall Harvest Festival
For over 60 years Borella’s Farm Stand has been growing and selling fresh vegetables, flowers and pumpkins on Long Island. During every weekend in October as part of their Fall Harvest Festival Long Islanders can pick pumpkins, go for hayrides or get lost in a corn maze. 485 Edgewood Avenue, St. James. 631-862-7330. Borellasfarmstand.com 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Sunday.
Pick pumpkins at the oldest operating farm on the South Shore of Long Island this fall starting Sept. 30. 1624 Manatuck Blvd, Bay Shore. 631-665-5411. Brightwatersfarms.com 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Sunday.
Crossroads Farm at Grossmann’s
Buy pumpkins at the Crossroads Farm pumpkin patch at Grossmann’s in October. 480 Hempstead Ave, Malverne. 516-881-7900. Xroadsfamily.com 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday.
Dee’s Frontier Family Fun
Every weekend in October, Dee’s nursery has pumpkins as part of their Frontier Family Fun event that also features gem mining, an interactive petting zoo, childrens’ corn maze, a spooky walk through, pumpkin painting, corn stalks and hay bales. 69 Atlantic Ave, Oceanside. 516-678-3535. blog.deesnursery.com 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Sunday.
Elwood Pumpkin and Christmas Tree Farm
Billed as “Long Island’s best pumpkin picking,” open weekdays and weeknights. 1500 E Jericho Turnpike, Huntington. 631-368-8626. elwoodpumpkinfarm.com 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, 3 p.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday.
Pick up a pumpkin at the farm stand and walk through the eight-acre corn maze at Fairview Farm this fall. 19 Horsemill Lane, Bridgehampton. 631-537-6154 fairviewfarmatmecox.com 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Thursday-Sunday and holidays.
Fink’s Country Farm
Looking for some weekend fun? Stop by Fink’s Country Farm for pumpkin picking, a five-acre corn maze, U-pick pumpkins, train rides and a slide for the kids. 6242 Middle Country Rd., Wading River. 631-886-2272 finksfarm.com 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Sunday.
F&W Schmitt Family Farm Fall Festival
Pick pumpkins seven days a week at the F&W Schmitt Family Farm as part of their fall festival. 26 Pinelawn Rd., Melville. 631-271-FARM. schmittfarms.com 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Daily.
Gabrielsen’s Country Farm
Now through Halloween stop by Gabrielsen’s Country Farm in North Park for their fall festival featuring pumpkin picking, hay rides, train rides, bouncy houses, a corn crib, kiddie maze, farm animals, a giant pumpkin a Restoration Schoolhouse, an old fashioned church, a picnic area, pedal tractors and live music on weekends. 200 Herricks Ln., Jamesport. 631-722-3259. gabrielsenscountryfarm.com 8 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Monday-Sunday.
Garden of Eve Organic Farm Market
Pick up a pumpkin from the organic dynamic-duo in Riverhead at their farm. 4558 Sound Avenue, Riverhead. 631-722-8777. Gardenofevefarm.com 9 a.m.-6 p.m. daily.
Starting Oct.1 visit Glover Farms, a local patch on Long Island since 1952, to find a perfect pumpkin and get lost in the 10-acre corn maze. 633 Victory Ave., Brookhaven. 631-327-8559. gloverfarmsbrookhaven.com 2-6 p.m. Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, Sunday and Columbus Day.
Greenland Family Farm
This fall come to the Greenland Family Farm for all-you-can-pick pumpkins! 17155 County Road 48, Cutchogue. 631-734-5791. Greenlandfamilyfarms.com 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Sunday.
It’s no surprise that Hank’s Pumpkintown in Water Mill has over 7,000 likes on Facebook. Swing by to pick up pumpkins seven days a week. 240 Montauk Hwy.,Watermill. 631-726-8015 hankspumpkintown.com 9:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Daily.
Harbes Family Farm
Pick a pumpkin off of the vine at their Mattituck location or visit their patches in Jamesport and Riverhead. Not only can you take home the perfect pumpkin from each location but all three also have corn mazes and other attractions for the whole family. 631-298-0800. harbesfamilyfarm.com 9 a.m.-6 p.m. daily at Jamesport and Mattituck farms, weekends only at the Riverhead orchard.
Visit Organics Today, open every day till Halloween to pick pumpkins, go for a hayride and munch on some seasonal goodies such as roasted corn, hot apple cider, apple cider donuts, baked apples, pumpkin pie and apple pie. 169 Washington Street, East Islip. 631-650-4426. Organicstodayfarms.com 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Daily.
Helen’s Greenhouse Family Farm
Stop in and say hello to some farm animals, taste some homemade pies and pick a pumpkin at Helen’s Greenhouse Family Farm. 987 Union Ave., Aquebogue. 631-722-5076 helensfarm.com 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Sunday.
Kaufold Country Florist and Farm
Pick up a pumpkin or some flowers at the Kaufold Country Florist and Farm. 724 Middle Country Rd., Ridge. 631-924-1265. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday-Sunday.
Visit the pumpkin patch in North Fork to pick up a pumpkin and other seasonal favorites. 38030 Route 25, Peconic. 631-734-7841. Facebook.com/Krupski-Farms 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m-6 p.m. Friday-Sunday.
Lenny Bruno Farms
Pick-your-own pumpkin at Lenny Bruno Farms.740 Wading River Rd., Manorville 631-591-3592 lennybrunofarms.com 9 a.m.-6 p.m. daily.
Call ahead to confirm the daily schedules at Lewin Farms and pick your own pumpkins and apples through late October! 812 Sound Ave., Calverton. 631-929-4327 Lewinfarm.com 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. daily, except Tuesdays.
May’s Farm Stand
Find a pumpkin, go for a hayride, get lost in a corn maze and enjoy apple cider at 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
With over 60 different varieties of pumpkins from mini ones for your desk to giant ones over 150 pounds that are grown on site, there’s no doubt you will find the perfect one. 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
Throughout the fall check out the pumpkin fields at Rottkamp’s Fox Hollow Farm. 2287 Sound Ave, Baiting Hollow. 631-727-1786. tinyurl.com 10 a.m.-6 p.m. weekends.
Seven Ponds Orchard
Seven Ponds Orchard, an entirely You-Pick Farm, which allows you to pick all of your own fruits and vegetables, also has a pumpkin patch and rides for kids this fall. 65 Seven Ponds Rd., Watermill. 631-726-8015. Facebook.com/Seven-Ponds-Orchard 9 a.m.-6 p.m. daily.
Schmitt’s Family Farm Fall Festival
Go to Schmitt’s Family Farm on Saturdays and Sundays starting on Sept. 16 through Oct.31 to pumpkin pick at Schmitt’s Family Farm Fall Festival. 6 Bagatelle Road, Dix Hills. 631-549-FARM. Schmittsfamilyfarms.com 9 a.m.-5p.m. Saturday, Sunday.
Stakey’s Pumpkin Farm
Buy as many pumpkins as you can carry for $30. Not only that but for a small fee you can go for a hayride, find your way through a corn maze, bounce in a bounce-house and get your face painted. 270 West Lane Aquebogue. 631-722-3467. Stakeyspumpkinfarm.com 12 p.m.-5 p.m. weekdays. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. weekends.
This Manorville farm has fresh fruits and veggies all year long so swing by this fall for some pumpkins. Corner of Wading River Road and South Street, Manorville. Facebook.com/WK-Farms 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Sunday.
White Post Farm
Open seven days a week, the White Post Farm has a month-long fall festival through Halloweekend with pumpkin picking, animals, live shows, a train ride and a bouncy house. 250 Old Country Rd., Melville. 631-351-9373. whitepostfarms.com 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, Sunday and Columbus Day.
Windy Acres Farm is known for its fresh apples and other fruits and veggies, so it’s no doubt you can find some awesome pumpkins there too. Not only do they have perfect produce but you can also bring the kids for fun tractor rides and delicious baked goods. 3810 Middle Country Rd., Calverton. Facebook.com/Windy-Acres-Farm 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Sunday.
Woodside nursery and garden center
Now through Oct. 31 pick pumpkins. at the Woodside Nursery and Garden Center, a Long Island staple since 1987. 134 East Woodside Ave, N. Patchogue. 631-758-1491. woodsidenurseryandgarden.com Open daily 9 a.m.-6 p.m.