The 11 best places to go apple picking on Long Island this fall (2022)

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You love the taste of fresh, juicy apples, and you can’t wait to get your hands on some this fall. But where are the best places to go apple picking on Long Island? And what can you expect when you get there? 

With so many different farms and orchards to choose from, it can be hard to know where to start. How much will it cost? What should I wear? These are all important questions to consider before heading out to an apple farm.

To save you time, here are the best places to go apple picking and tips to make it a better experience.

Let’s get started!

The best places to go apple picking on Long Island

Long Island is well-known for its apple picking farms and orchards. With so many to choose from, it can be hard to decide which one to visit. But don’t worry, I’ve got you covered.

1. Lewin Farms

Lewin Farms is one of the most popular farms on Long Island for apple picking. They’re a family-owned and operated farm that has been in business for four generations.

Lewin Farms were the first pick-your-own farm on Long Island, and they offer a wide variety of fruits and vegetables for picking throughout the spring, summer, and fall. 

You can pick your own apples, or you can buy them already picked. If you want to pick your own, you can choose from a large variety of apples.

The farm also has a country store where you can buy fresh apple cider, apple pie, and other goodies.

Address: Address: 201-709 Fresh Pond Ave, Calverton, NY 11933 |  Directions to Lewin Farms Apple Picking

2. Hank’s PumpkinTown

Hank’s PumpkinTown is a great place to go apple picking on Long Island. The farm was originally started as a way to make money during the off-season for potato farmers. Hank’s Pumpkin Farm has been open since 1971 and has evolved into a popular destination for families in the fall. 

PumpkinTown is open from mid-September through October, and visitors can enjoy wagon rides, a corn maze, pumpkin picking, and more. The bakery is also a popular spot on the farm, and you can buy fresh apple cider and pies.

Address: 240 Montauk Hwy., Water Mill, NY 11976 |  Directions to Hank’s Pumpkintown

3. Milk Pail U-Pick Farm

Milk Pail U-Pick Farm, open from Labor Day weekend to October, offers a wide variety of apples to pick from. You can pick apples like Gala, Honeycrisp, McIntosh, Milk Pail 25, Pink Luster, Sansa, and more. 

The owners and founders of The Milk Pail Fresh Market & U-Pick, John and Evelyn Halsey carry on a farming tradition that began more than 350 years ago. Their family farm and orchard is located on the shores of the same Mecox Bay that attracted the first Halsey settlers in Water Mill, NY less than a mile from Mecox Beach.

Address: 50 Horsemill Ln, Water Mill, NY 11976 |  Directions to Milk Pail U-Pick Farm

4. Garden of Eve Organic Farm

Are you looking for a place to go apple picking on Long Island that is also organic? Look no further than Garden of Eve Organic Farm. This farm, founded in 2001 by environmental advocates Chris and Eve Kaplan-Walbrecht, is dedicated to providing delicious organic vegetables, fruits and beautiful flowers and to “making changes in the world by living them.” 

The farm is located off Sound Ave in Riverhead, NY less than a mile from the north shore sitting in between Reeve Farm and just west of Harbes Orchard.

Address: 4558 Sound Ave, Riverhead, NY 11901 |  Directions to Garden of Eve Organic Farm & Market

5. Windy Acres Farm

Windy Acres Farm, a family owned and operated farm, is located in Calverton, NY just south of Sujecki Farms. The owner is a 5th generation farmer who specializes in U-Pick.

The farm offers fresh baked pies, a farmstand with assorted U-Pick beginning in June and ending in October. Depending on availability, you can pick from apples like Gala, Crimson gold, Sansa, Zesta, Autumn crisp apples and more.

Address: 3810 Middle Country Rd, Calverton, NY 11933 |  Directions to Windy Acre Farm

6. Seven Ponds Orchard

Seven Ponds Orchard, a wonderful U-pick farm, offers a wide variety of apples, berries and vegetables to pick from. They also have a farmers market where you can buy fresh baked goods and local produce.

The orchard also has a toy land, hayride, and corn maze that are perfect for kids (and adults!) of all ages. The orchard is located in Water Mill, NY and they offer a variety of apples including Gingergold, Zestar, McIntosh, Honeycrisp and Gala.

Address: 65 7 Ponds Rd, Water Mill, NY 11976 |  Directions to Seven Ponds Orchard

7. Woodside Orchards

Woodside Orchards was started as a small wholesale apple farm located off Manor Lane in Jamesport NY in 1982 by Robert H. Gammon. The farm quickly grew and they built a secondary location to help aid the growing demand for u-pick apples in the fall.

Today, Woodside Orchards has a tasting room which includes their first 3 Hard Ciders Traditional, Traditional Sweet and Raspberry. You can also find 28 varieties of apples throughout the season. Some favorites include the Arkansas black, Braeburn, Golden Russet, and Idared (a tangy and firm, hard and tart apple).

Address: 729 Main Rd, Aquebogue, NY 11931 |  Directions to Woodside Orchards – Aquebogue

8. Harbes Orchard – Riverhead

Harbes Orchard – Riverhead, part of the Harbes Farm Family, is a great place to go apple picking with the family. The orchard has an annual apple harvest festival, and 78 acres of land with 27 different varieties of apples.

The orchard uses an innovative trellis system to grow apples that are within reach of even the smallest of hands. Live music in the courtyard on weekends makes it a perfect place to relax and enjoy the fruits of your labor.

Address: 5698 Sound Ave, Riverhead, NY 11901 |  Directions to Harbes Orchard

9. Harbes Orchard – Jamestown

Harbes Orchard – Jamestown, also part of the Harbes Farm Family, is one of the newer orchards on Long Island, having only opened in Jamestown in 2014. But what it lacks in history, it makes up for in family fun.

The orchard has a “Robin Hood” corn maze, newer sunflower maze (and festival), hayrides, and of course apple picking. They also have a vineyard that is certified sustainable – making them the first on Long Island!

Address: 1223 NY-25, Jamesport, NY 11947 |  Directions to Harbes Farms Jamesport

10. Wickham’s Fruit Farm

If you’re looking for a historic and beautiful place to go apple picking, Wickham’s Fruit Farm is the perfect spot. Located in Cutchogue, NY, the farm has been around for centuries and offers stunning views of Peconic Bay. A large portion of the farm is in Suffolk County’s Farmland Preservation program.

You can pick your own apples or enjoy one of their delicious cider donuts – made fresh every day!

Address: 28700 Main Rd, Cutchogue, NY 11935 | Directions to  Wickham’s Fruit Farm 

11. Breeze Hill Farm

Breeze Hill Farm is a great place to go apple picking with the family. The farm features over 72 acres of apple orchards, a farmhouse, private beach, and farm market & café.

The farm is located on the North Fork of Long Island in Peconic, NY and they offer a variety of cider donuts and fresh-baked pies.

Address: 31215 County Road – Route 48, Peconic, NY 11958 |  Directions to Breeze Hill Farm

What to expect when apple picking on Long Island

When apple picking on Long Island, you can expect to find a wide variety of apples to choose from. 

There are many different types of apples, including commonly known varieties like Gala, Macintosh, Honeycrisp, and Golden Delicious. You might discover apples not commonly seen at grocery stores like Sensa or farm/orchard specific types.

The experience of apple picking can vary depending on the farm, but most farms will provide a large basket or bag for you to fill with apples. Some farms may also provide a wagon or cart to help transport your apples.

It’s a lighthearted adventure typically shared among families, friends and kids. 

Before you plan your visit there are a few tips you’ll want to consider.

Tips for a successful apple picking experience

Apple picking is a great way to spend a day outdoors with family and friends while enjoying the crisp autumn air. Here are a few tips to make sure your apple picking experience is a success:

  1. Check the local forecast: On the day you plan to visit make sure to check the weather in the local area as farms and orchards often close due to inclement weather conditions.
  2. Bring enough cash or credit: Make note of the farm or orchard’s fees like admission fees, bag fees, or fees for activities like hayrides or corn mazes. And you may need to bring cash, or both.
  3. Manage apple expectations: Check the orchard’s website or call ahead to find out what kinds of apples are ripe and available for picking. Some farms and orchard apple varieties vary each week.
  4. Visit to park early: Some orchards and farms have limited parking, so naturally, the earlier you can find a parking spot the better your experience might be.
  5. Dress for the weather: Make sure to wear comfortable shoes and clothing that you don’t mind getting dirty. Fall days can be cool, so make sure to wear layers that you can peel off as the day warms up.
  6. Stay safe in the sun: Have sunscreen on-hand and reapply regularly, especially if you’ll be out in the sun for a long time.
  7. Don’t go hungry and stay hydrated: Bring along some water and snacks to keep yourself hydrated and fueled throughout the day.
  8. Get the juice on apples: Ask the farm staff for advice on where to find the best apples and what kind of apples are in season (pending staff availability).
  9. Be careful picking: Be gentle when picking apples so you don’t damage the tree or other apples. And be careful when climbing the ladder to reach the higher apples.
  10. Check before you buy: Inspect your apples carefully before putting them in your bag – you don’t want to bring home any rotten apples!
  11. Clean your apples: Wash your apples before eating them or storing them away.

Now that you’re prepared to have a good time, expand your apple knowledge with some facts before your next visit.

Fun apple facts

Apple season is upon us, and there’s no better way to celebrate than by learning some fun facts about this delicious fruit! Take a bite out of these apple facts:

  • Apple trees can live for over 100 years.
  • The apple is one of the most popular fruits on Long Island.
  • Apples are a member of the rose family (along with peaches and cherries).
  • There are many different types of apples that can be found on Long Island, including Macintosh, Gala, and Honeycrisp.
  • Each year, the average person in the United States eats about 10 pounds of fresh apples.
  • Apples are a good source of fiber and vitamins A and C.
  • Apples are grown in all 50 states.

Frequently asked questions

What is the purpose of apple picking?

The purpose of apple picking is to harvest the fruit from apple trees, but it’s more about enjoying and sharing the experience with others. The apples are just the fruit of that experience (pun intended).

What is the best month for apple picking?

The best month for apple picking is September. Check the farm or orchard for seasonal availability as some may open mid-September.

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Cristina Morizio

Long Island real estate agent Cristina Morizo
As an experienced REALTOR® and Long Island native, I know the ins and outs of the real estate market. I help home buyers, sellers, investors and homeowners navigate and negotiate. Questions? Ready to buy or sell? Let’s talk!

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