7 Best NoFo Farms to Explore

It’s that time of the year where Long Islanders are beginning to think about the changing leaves, pumpkin everything and flannels. And just like that, the rush to the East End for apple picking, pumpkin picking and hayrides begins.

Not sure where to head to this fall? Partake in the 11th North Fork Foodie Tour on Sept. 10 to tour local farms and wineries—or scroll down the page for some North Fork farms you’ve been missing out on.

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Peconic River Herb Farm, Calverton

A self-proclaimed “gardener’s paradise,” Peconic River Herb Farm sits on 14 acres of riverfront property, parts of which are dedicated to eight greenhouses filled with fragrant and garden-worthy plants. The farm hosts a 45-minute tour of the grounds every Sunday until October at 11am. Peconic River Herb Farm encourages visitors to bring along friends and family members to picnic on its grounds during the warmer months. Phone: 631-369-0058 | Address: 2749 River Rd. Click to taste

Lewin Farms, Calverton

Picking your own fruits and vegetables—now that’s a true farm experience. Lewin farms allows visitors to do just that with strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, tomatoes, apples, pumpkins and even Christmas trees. Always call ahead to see what’s available and where the particular crop you want to pick is located. Pro tip: Pets aren’t allowed in U-Pick fields for health and safety reasons. Phone: 631-929-4327 | Address: 812 Sound Ave. Click to taste

Lavender by the Bay, East Marion

Those looking for something different than the typical farm experience on Long Island, Lavender by the Bay is the place to be. Way out on the North Fork (a little bit past Kontokosta Winery), the farm has been growing lavender on the island for more than 15 years. Now, visitors missed the summer bloom (which typically occurs in June or July), but word on the street is there’ll be a second, smaller English bloom in September/October. Stay Tuned. Phone: 631-477-1019 | Address: 7540 Main Rd. Click to taste

Harbes Family Farm, Mattituck

Known for its festivals, Harbes Family Farm is the place you’ll want to be on Sept. 9 to kickoff apple picking season. In addition to apple picking, they’ll be fun and games including an apple cider doughnut eating contest. There’ll also be pumpkin picking, great foods, wine tastings and hayrides. The farm has three main attractions: barnyard adventure, farmstand and wine barn. Phone: 631-298-0800 | Address: 715 Sound Ave. Click to taste

Stakey’s Pumpkin Farm, Aquebogue

It wouldn’t be fall without pumpkins. Through a 26-acre field, Stakey’s Pumpkin Farm, a family-owned and operated business, offers guests you-pick pumpkin picking, hay rides, pony rides, a bounce house, a corn maze, face painting, a country store and its very own flower house. There’s ample parking and wheelbarrows. Want to bring a furry friend? Stakey’s is pet-friendly. Phone: 631-722-3467 | Address: 270 West Ln. Click to taste

Goodale Farms, Riverhead

On property, the farm has more than 25 dairy cows, 125 goats, 10 beef cows, 20 pigs and 250 chickens. There are plenty of animals to feed and pet while you’re visiting the farm (so bring the little ones in the family). In the market for a dairy CSA? Goodale Farms has a program that delivers—even if you’re in Nassau. Phone: 631-901-5975 | Address: 260 Main Rd. Click to taste

Garden of Eve, Riverhead

Garden of Eve has certified organic produce like fruits, greens, vegetables, herbs and more. There’s a play area for the kids as well as hayrides. There will also be a festive fair called “Oktoberfest Sunday! Craft Brewers and Farm Fun” on Oct. 29 with craft beer (including Garden of Eve’s own brew), pumpkin picking, live music and farm tours. Phone: 631-722-8777 | Address: 4558 Sound Ave. Click to taste

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