Pumpkin picking on Long Island
Fresh air, crisp temperatures and the smell of hot chocolate. It must be time to pick pumpkins. This years crop looks to be a good one and there are a couple of specialty pumpkins to marvel over: Goosebumps and Knuckleheads. Both are bumpy, warty wonders, but expect to pay a little extra for these specialty pumpkins.
Albert H. Schmitt Family Farms Pumpkin picking, Outdoors, Corn maze and Hay rides 6 Bagatelle Rd. Dix Hills
PUMPKINS 65 cents per pound
ADMISSION $2-$5 per attraction or $19 combo ticket for six activities on weekends (bounce house, hayride, animal train ride, tractor trike ride, mildly scary haunted indoor maze, fire truck slide).
This 1-acre patch is replenished from the farm’s other patches. Most activities geared toward 12 and younger. Concession stand items include roasted corn, homemade candy and caramel apples and hot apple cider (about $2.50 each). The stand also has pies, including sweet potato, and an extensive selection of fall decorations in the greenhouse.
Andrews Family Farm and Greenhouses 1038 Sound Ave. Wading River
PUMPKINS 69 cents per pound
A 3-acre patch with pumpkins cut off the vine, some trucked from farm’s other locations. You’ll find both large pumpkins and smaller ones geared for younger pickers and smaller hands. Also gourds, straw bales, corn stalks
Farm stand offers roasted corn ($2.50), pies and other baked goods, vegetables and fall ornamental plants and Long Island-grown apples, field-grown mums, Montauk daisies, ornamental kale and cabbage.
The BBGG Farm & Nursery (William Borella) 625 North Country Rd. St. James
PUMPKINS 59 cents per pound, grown in 5-acre patch and also trucked from farm’s other fields.
There’s a 15-minute hayride ($5) around the perimeter of the farm and to the 5-acre pumpkin patch. The small concession stand has hot cider ($2) and roasted corn ($3 or two for $5) among its offerings.
Benner’s Farm 56 Gnarled Hollow Rd. Setauket
PUMPKINS 60 cents a pound, grown on the farm in about 1/2-acre plot
ADMISSION $8 ($6 ages 14 and younger), pumpkin picking, includes 15-minute hayride and one cup of feed for the animals.
Other activities include a giant tire swing, a nighttime haunted hayride ($6) on Halloween night with live ghoulish characters. Weekend activities include live music on Sundays. Special guests — including beekeepers, falconer, naturalist — on Saturdays. Live music every Sunday. “The hayride is our alternative to trick-or-treating,” says co-owner Jean Benner. Haunted Harvest Festival noon-4 p.m. Columbus Day includes apple cider tasting, vegetables for sale and demonstrations by American Indian artisans. Special events included in regular admission price, except hayrides.
Borella's Farm Stand 485 Edgewood Avenue across from Whisper Vineyards St. James
PUMPKINS 69 cents a pound, grown on the farm, 8 acres of pumpkins; must pay $12 admission to access pumpkin patch.
ADMISSION $12 ages 3 and older charged on weekends includes corn maze, hayride, bounce house and DJ music; discount coupon on website.
The farm also has a corn launcher and a corn-filled tire that’s similar to a sandbox. Food for sale includes burgers, hot dogs, drinks, roasted corn, chips, hot cider, fresh pies and candy apples.
Brightwaters Farms 1624 Manatuck Blvd., Bay Shore
PUMPKINS 69 cents a pound, 3-acre field
ADMISSION $10 weekends and holidays (free ages 1 and younger), includes unlimited hayrides, live entertainment, playground, animal petting and face-painting.
Concession ($2-$8) open weekends with roasted corn, turkey legs, hamburgers, hot dogs, lemonade, cotton candy, kettle corn, apple cider doughnuts, apple cider and baked goods. Activities include mini-tractor races, hay tunnels and farm animals.
Colonial Springs Farm Kids 201 Main Ave. Wheatley Heights
PUMPKINS 70 cents per pound
This large patch — more than 10 acres — has on-the-vine pumpkins. After picking, enjoy various child-friendly activities such as a silo slide ($1), cow train ($1), hayride ($2) around the farm, pony rides ($6) and zip line ($5). Activities are geared toward ages 12 and younger. Farm stand has home-baked goods, including apple cider doughnuts, pies and apple cider.
Country Fair Entertainment Park's Fall Festival 3351 Rt. 112, Medford
PUMPKINS 55 cents a pound (some are priced $4.50 each)
ALSO HAS Fall festival with pay-as-you-play activities ($2-$29 packages), concession stand, go-karts, miniature gold mining, laser tag, hayride, inflatables. Hours are 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday (weather permitting).
Elwood Pumpkin Farm Christmas tree cutting, Pumpkin picking, Corn maze and Hay rides 1500 Jericho Tpke. Huntington
PUMPKINS $1-$20 each, 11 acres of varieties including white pumpkins, speckled swan gourds and other ornamentals; hayride ($6 adults, $4 ages 10 and younger) covers 22 acres, drops visitors at the pumpkin patch and picks them (and their pumpkins) up afterward.
Fairview Farm 19 Horsemill Lane Bridgehampton
PUMPKINS 75 cents a pound or $80 per farm-furnished wagonload, 5 acres of pumpkins, gourds, edible squashes.