Escape the New York City and Go Apple Picking on Long Island, New York!
It’s that time of year again when we hop into all things fall and lucky for New York, there are tons of fall activities to be had! One of my favorite things to do once September rolls in is to go apple picking on Long Island, New York! So for anyone looking to escape the hustle and bustle of NYC, consider taking a day trip to the farms on Long Island to go apple picking!
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TABLE OF CONTENTS
- Escape the New York City and Go Apple Picking on Long Island, New York!
- Best Time to Go Apple Picking on Long Island
- Where to Go Apple Picking on Long Island, New York
- Lewin Farms for U-Pick Apple Orchard
- Harbes Family Farm and Apple Orchard
- Milk Pail Apple Picking
- Woodside Orchards
- Apple Picking at Hank’s Pumpkin Town
- Wickham’s Fruit Farm
- Windy Acres Orchard
- Apple Picking Tips & Fun Facts
- Apple Picking in Long Island Review
Best Time to Go Apple Picking on Long Island
Apple picking season on Long Island usually starts the first week of September, YAY! Depending on the year/weather, apple picking in Long Island can go into the end of October. Before going to an apple orchard, I suggest giving the farm a call to make sure there are still apples to pick!
Where to Go Apple Picking on Long Island, New York
The best places to go apple picking on Long Island are mainly on the North Fork in Suffolk County! Below, I’m sharing some of the best orchards to go Apple picking on Long Island, many of which are local favorites!
Lewin Farms for U-Pick Apple Orchard
If you stay up-to-date with my Long Island, New York posts, you’ll notice Lewin Farms is one of my favorite farms to visit for Apple picking and even pumpkin picking on Long Island!
This Apple Orchard is fairly large along with a variety of different apples to choose from! Believe it or not, Lewin Farm is actually the first place I visited on Long Island to go apple picking!
Their apples are usually ready by late August and can sometimes go into November on occasion.
Apple picking tip: Head to the back of Lewin Farms orchard for the best apples!
Lewin Farms is great for everyone, however, their farm is more for people who are just interested in U-pick apples and leaving. You will not find additional attractions for kids except a corn maze.
Lewin farms recommend you call before coming, as the field might be closed. The U-pick is also cash only.
There is an ATM at the farm stand and you will need to drive here first for further directions on where the apple orchard is. The farm is also requiring face coverings.
While at the farm stand, I’d also suggest checking out their delicious baked goods, roasted corn, and fresh produce.
After you finish apple picking, head to the Long Island Vineyards! Closeby to Lewins is Baiting Hollow Farm and Vineyard! It is a cute/chill and lively vineyard that usually has live music on the weekends.
They also have rescued horses on the property!
Lewin Farm Phone Number: (631)-929-4327 – Farm stand closed on Tuesdays. The hours are from 9 AM- 5 PM.
Lewin Farm Address: 812 Sound Avenue, Calverton NY 11933
Harbes Family Farm and Apple Orchard
If you are looking to do a day trip out on Long Island, Harbes Family Farm and Apple Orchard is for you! Not only do they have apple picking, but tons of extra activities going on.
Harbes farm is also one of the most popular farms on Long Island for apple picking and pumpkin picking.
Get ready to go apple picking with 27 different varieties of apples on their 78-acre orchard in Riverhead, Long Island. Some apples you can pick include Gold Rush, Ruby Frost, Honeycrisp, Daybreak Fiji, and Gala.
There is an admission to enter their farm. Pricing ranges from $19-$31 per person depending on the time of the season, weekend, and holiday visits.
They recommend to visiting on a non-holiday weekend to help with overcrowding and to make your apple picking on Long Island experience better!
You will also be able to find pumpkin picking on the vine, a corn maze, and more!
Again, I’d suggest calling to make sure the fields are open for picking. The farms U-pick is planning to start September 3th, 2022 and is expected to finish in November. Additional Harbes Apple Pricing.
Harbes Orchard Address: 5698 Sound Ave, Riverhead NY 11901
Saturdays, Sundays, and Holidays: 9 AM-6 PM
Non-Holiday Weekdays: 10 AM-5 PM
Milk Pail Apple Picking
If you are around the Hamptons and want to go Apple picking on Long Island, check out Milk Pail Farm. They have a variety of at least 6 different apples growing throughout the season and over 12 different types of pumpkin/squash.
The farm is planning to open for apple picking on labor day weekend this year.
This family farm started back in the 1640s when they were originally selling milk from their cattle. Present-day, the owners are 11th and 12th generation keeping the farm going!
You can pay cash or credit card (Visa/Mastercard) and admission gets you a 5 lb bag for $14 or a 20 lb bag for $49 USD.
They are open on Friday- Sunday 10 AM-5:30 PM and the last apple bags will be sold at 5 PM. You can get the latest announcements on Milk Pail Apple Orchard here.
Address: 50 Horsemill Lane, Water Mill, NY
Phone Number: 631-537-2565
Woodside Orchards is another great spot to go apple picking on Long Island. They have two locations on Long Island’s North Fork; Jamesport and Aqurbogue.
They are planning to open up their U-Pick Apple picking in September 2022.
In general, both orchards only have apple picking on the weekend and offer two different types of apples to pick which vary throughout the growing season.
You can also enjoy apple cider donuts and cookies at their outside picnic area with seasonal hard cider on tap!
U-pick bags are available on-site and are sold by Peck bags for $20. According to Woodside, this should hold up to 10-12 apples.
I would most definitely call before going to make sure you can go apple picking and face masks are required.
The Aquebogue location is open 11:30 AM to 5 PM. during the week (except Wednesday). Address: 729 Route 25 (Main road) Aquebogue, NY, 11931
The Jamesport location is open from 10 AM. to 4:30 PM. on the weekends. Address: 116 Manor Lane
Jamesport, NY 11947
Apple Picking at Hank’s Pumpkin Town
Another great orchard to check out if you are around the Hamptons is Hank’s Pumpkin Patch Town in Watermill. Although their name says pumpkin, they have over 10 different apples available at their orchards!
Apple picking will be available on Saturdays and Sundays only. Some apples you can pick at this Long Island farm include Honey Crisp, Macintosh, Ultimate Gala, Empire, and Sun Crisp to name a few.
There are a few different prices on the apples depending on your group.
$32 for a peck (about 10lb). Max 4 people per bag. Parties over 4 can chose to get a second bag or pay $5 for an additional person. To stay up-to-date with their field, check their facebook page.
FYI for families – they do not allow wagons at their Apple Orchard.
Address: 240 Montauk Hwy., Water Mill, NY 11976
Wickham’s Fruit Farm
Located on the Peconic Bay, much of Wickham’s farm can date back to 1661! Their farm offers 300 acres, 200 acres of which is fruit, so you know you have come to the right place!
They start U-pick apples on Monday – Saturday. They haven’t released an official date for u-pick apples yet, but they have tons of other fruits available to pick including peaches.
Before leaving, make sure to have some of their apple cider donuts and other goodies at the farm stand. Stay up-to-date with the farm on their Facebook page here.
Address: 28700 Main Rd Cutchogue, NY 11935
Windy Acres Orchard
Located in Calverton, Long Island, Windy Acres Orchard specializes in U-pick as a 5th generation farmer. Enjoy 42 varieties of apples across 8 acres.
Besides apple picking, you can also explore the corn maze, a large free playground, and live music on Sundays in the Fall.
Throughout the season you can also Upick strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, peaches, nectarines, a variety of vegetables, and pumpkins. They also make their own apple cider donuts, have soft serve ice cream, and make their own French fries.
Windy Acres Orchard is currently open for Upick apples on the weekends and will continue through October from 10 AM – 4:30 PM. Stay up-to-date with the farm on their Facebook Page.
Price: $12.50 a 1/4 peck bag per person
Address: 3810 Middle Country Rd Calverton, NY 11933
Apple Picking Tips & Fun Facts
If you love apples, here are some fun apple facts and different things to do with your apples.
- Make sure to store apples in a cool dry place to keep them fresh.
- 6-8 medium apples will make a 9-inch apple pie.
- Apple trees can live to be 100 years old.
- Apples are in the same family as roses.
- The heaviest apple weighed 4lb 1oz and was picked in Japan.
- Apple trees bear more fruit when grown next to different varieties. Most apple trees depend on cross-pollination to bear fruit.
- Only the crab apple is native to North America. DNA has suggested apples originated in Kazakhstan.
- Approximately 35-40 medium apples produce 1 gallon of apple cider.
Find more fall activities on Long Island here!
Apple Picking in Long Island Review
This covers some of the best places to go apple picking on Long Island! If you are traveling from NYC or further, remember to call the apple orchards first! Nothing would be worse than driving hours to find out you can’t apple pick!
Have other favorite places to go apple picking? Let me know in the comments below!
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