10 Long Island Apple Picking Spots

Summer isn’t officially over until Sept. 22, but between school buses and Halloween decorations on display in stores, it seems like fall has already arrived. Long Island apple picking season has come along with it. These 10 spots have produce ripe for picking.

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Harbes Family Farm and Orchard, Riverhead

At Harbes Family Farm and Orchard there are 27 varieties of apples throughout the season. Visitors can climb aboard the authentic Apple Express and ride through the 15-acre orchard in search of honeycrisp, gala and golden delicious apples. Don’t leave without trying the sweet caramel apples and apple cider doughnuts at the farm stand. Address: 5698 Sound Ave | Phone: 631-369-1111 Click to visit

Lewin Farms, Calverton

Pick your own gala and honeycrisp apples at this fun farm. There is also a great mix of tomatoes, peppers and eggplants. Afterwards, a five-acre corn maze lets guests test navigation skills. If you passed with flying colors last year, just a heads up: It’s redesigned each year. Address: 812 Sound Avenue | Phone: 631-929-4327 Click to visit

Apple Orchard at Hanks Pumpkin Town, Water Mill

The Apple Orchard at Hanks Pumpkin Town is open every weekend in September and October. A true autumn wonderland, a trip to Hanks also offers corn mazes, wagon rides, tractor rides and, to satisfy sweet tooths, the market has freshly baked pies, cookies, cupcakes, candy apples and cider doughnuts. Address: 240 Montauk Hwy | Phone: 631-726-4667 Click to visit

Wickham’s Fruit Farm, Cutchogue

Wickham’s history stretches all the way back to 1661 and now, one of the largest farms on the North Fork, Wickham’s fields stretch over 300 acres. The pick your own options are aplenty, but the apples are golden this time of year. Making delicious apple cider doughnuts and cider, this farm is a foodie paradise. Address: 28700 Main Rd | Phone: 631-734-6441 Click to visit

Fort Solanga Farm, Northport

At Fort Solanga Farm, all the apple trees are dwarfed, which means picking begins about 18 inches from the ground. Because the farm is smaller than most, it is intermittently closed when no ripe fruit is available. Another unique factor is the fresh honey extracted from the farm’s hives and sold at the farm stand. Address: 30 Meadow Glen Rd | Phone: 631-269-9666 Click to visit

Windy Acres Farms, Calverton

Windy Acres is a family run farm with apple picking every weekend. The farm’s Facebook updates customers daily on what U-pick varieties are available. In addition to apples, there are also yellow nectarines, eggplant, green peppers and string beans. Just when it seemed like peaches were going out of season, Windy Acres made it known that it has a white variety that ripens in late September. Address: 3810 Middle Country Rd | Phone: 631-727-4554 Click to visit 

Seven Ponds Orchard, Water Mill

Pick your own ginger gold, McIntosh and gala apples at Seven Ponds Orchard. Also browse the farm stand for fresh produce and baked goods. Address: 65 7 Ponds Rd | Phone: 631-726-8015 Click to visit

Woodside Orchard, Aquebogue

During the fall, Woodside Orchard offers 28 different varieties of apples, but all year long there are hard cider tastings, growlers, pints and kegs. Address: 729 Main Rd | Phone: 631-722-5770 Click to visit

Richters Orchard, Northport

Richters Orchard boasts a variety of apples including ginger gold, gala, greening and honeycrisp. The barn sells the orchard’s fresh pressed apple cider that it has been making for over 100 years. Address: 1 Richters Orchard Driveway | Phone: 631-261-1980 Click to visit

Milk Pail Farm, Water Mill

Milk Pail Farm actually started out as a dairy farm. Now, visitors can find super-crisp apples, pumpkins, squash and gourds. Coffee and baked goods are also sold at the fresh market. Address: 50 Horsemill Lane | Phone: 631-537-2565 Click to visit