Don’t look now, but the official red orb of autumn is growing on trees all around Long Island. That’s right -- it’s apple season, and that means it’s apple picking season.
Stocking up on Ginger Golds, McIntoshes and Empires isn’t just a good source of fiber and vitamin C. Long Island’s many apple orchards and farms offer an affordable, outdoor activity for hundreds of families every year. My wife and I bring our 13-month-old apple picking multiple times per season, and he loves the fresh air and the chance to pick fruit straight from the tree. (It probably helps that apples are one of his favorite snacks. And that we usually end up making apple-related meals for several days after a trip.)
The hamlet of Water Mill, in the town of Southampton, might be Long Island’s apple capital. It is home to the Milk Pail, Hank’s Pumpkintown and Seven Ponds Orchard, all popular fall destinations for apple pickers. Davis Peach Farm in Wading River, which is also famous for pickable peaches, is another annual favorite. Many of Long Island’s orchards also offer other fun fall staples, including petting zoos, corn mazes and hay rides.
Here's a list of where to go apple picking on Long Island.