If you like your apples picked straight from the orchard and fresh, Long Island is the place to be. Some of the best apple picking orchards are right here on the east end of Long Island. As the weather gets cooler and the season changes don’t miss the chance to stock up on the local fall harvest. Apple picking is a perfect family day trip too, so pack up the family and hit the orchards. Here are Nassau Happening’s 9 favorite apple picking spots.
Davis Peach Farm
More than just peaches. After you pick apples, grab some cider, fresh cut flowers, berries, fall decorations, apricots, nectarines, peaches, plums….and their famous Sangria mix too! The Sangria is a mix of fresh fruits with a special juice blend, simply add your favorite wine, soda or sparkling water for a delicious drink.
561 Hulse Landing Road, Wading River, 631-929-1115
Fort Salonga Farm
This orchard is a perfect family spot! Children love the experience of picking apples from their dwarf apple trees. Several varieties of apples- Burgundy, Fuji, Granny Smith and Jersey Macs. Pick up some of their homemade honey or a pint of fresh raspberries while you’re there.
30 Meadow Glen Road, Northport, 631-269-9666
Fritz Lewin Farms
Not only apples-broad beans, corn, eggplant, pumpkins, summer squash, winter squash, strawberries, tomatoes, other vegetables
1989 Sound Avenue, Baiting Hollow, 631-727-3346
You can spend the day at this huge 1000+ acre farm. Pick-Your-Own for every season, pick apples, eggplant, peaches, peppers, pumpkins, and tomatoes through October. Strawberries and blueberries are available to pick in the late spring and summertime. Watch for the fall harvest of pumpkins and gourdes, plus Christmas trees will be available starting the week after Thanksgiving.
812 Sound Avenue, Wading River, 631-929-4327.
The Milk Pail Farm and Orchard
Pick from 20 apple varieties, whether you like tart, crunchy or crisp, you can find it at the Milk Pail. Mix and match your favorite apple varieties from their big selection. Pick your own pumpkins, squash and gourds from the patches. Check out the artisanal gourmet nut butters, maple syrup, honey and produce. Pick up some yummy candy and nuts, delicious apple cider or a basket of mums. Loads of gift items and a flower market.
1346 Montauk Highway Between Water Mill & Bridgehampton, 631-537-2565.
Seven Ponds Orchard
Lots of apple varieties, Gala, Honeycrisp, Fuji, Granny Smith, Golden Delicious, Macintosh and more. Kids love the hay rides and the huge corn maze! Dwarf trees for easy picking. Your family will love when you bring home some apple-cider donuts, a jar of their homemade jellies and preserves and a bouquet of golden sunflowers!
665 Seven Ponds Road, Water Mill, 631-726-8015.
Wickham’s Fruit Farm
One of the largest farms on the east end and most of the property and farmland is protected under the Suffolk County’s Farmland Preservation Program. Pick apples, pumpkins, squash or buy already picked at their farmstand. Fresh apple-cider, hayrides and an endless corn maze for the kids to run through. Call for availability and to become a member of the U-Pick club, Saturdays only in September.
28700 Route 25, Cutchogue, 631-734-6441
Check out the petting zoo and horse-drawn hayrides, it’s fun for the whole family. Pick your own apples through October. Huge corn maze and a playground area for the kids to run around. Pick a pumpkin from the patch and make it your own! 3810 Middle Country Rd, Calverton, 631- 727-4554
A working family orchard offering over 20+ varieties of apples. Try a delicious homemade pie or fresh baked goods from the Cider Mill. The hard apple-cider is so tasty and second to none! Now in two locations at: 116 Manor Lane, Jamesport and 729 Main Road, Aquebogue, 631-722-5770