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Apple picking: Family-friendly farms to visit on LI

Emma Gagliano, 4, of Shirley, had fun apple

Emma Gagliano, 4, of Shirley, had fun apple picking with her family at Lewin Farms in Wading River. Her aunt Michele Beck of Holtsville snapped the photo. Photo Credit: Michele Beck

Apple picking is a family-friendly affair on Long Island, where orchards grow myriad varieties ripe now through October and trees tend to have low branches that even the littlest hands can reach. Picking is underway — if you’re intent on getting a specific variety, you’ll need to check with the orchard to find out what’s ripe. In most cases, you’ll prepurchase a bag to fill from the farm stand before you set off to the field.

DAVIS PEACH FARM

WHEN | WHERE 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. weekdays, 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. weekends at 561 Hulse Landing Rd., Wading River

INFO 631-929-1115, facebook.com/davis-peach-farm

VARIETIES 20, including Cortland, McIntosh, Fuji, Honeycrisp, Gala.

FEE $10 for up to five people applies toward apple purchase.

HANK’S PUMPKINTOWN

WHEN | WHERE 9:30 a.m.-6 p.m. weekends and holidays at 240 Montauk Hwy., Water Mill

INFO 631-726-4667, hankspumpkintown.com

VARIETIES MacIntosh, Macoun, Jonagold, Honeycrisp, Empire, Gala, Fuji, Cameo, Mutsu, Suncrisp, Cortland, SnowSweet.

FEE $23 for a 10-pound bag for up to four people.

HARBES ORCHARD

WHEN | WHERE 10 a.m.-6 p.m. weekends and holidays at 5698 Sound Ave., Riverhead

INFO 631-369-1111 or 631-298-0700, harbesorchard.com

VARIETIES 24, including Honeycrisp, Jonagold, McIntosh, Cameo, Aztec Rose Fuji, Golden Delicious, Suncrisp, Enterprise, Maslin Pink Lady, Gala and Shizuoka.

FEE $8 for 3 and older, includes bag for six to eight apples.

LEWIN FARMS / BAITING HOLLOW NURSERIES

WHEN | WHERE 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. weekends and holidays at Fresh Pond Avenue, Calverton

INFO 631-929-4327, lewinfarm.com

VARIETIES Gala, Cortland, Empire, Granny Smith, Yellow Delicious, Red Delicious, Honeycrisp, Rome, Macoun, Mutsu and Fuji.

FEE $8 ages 10 and older ($5 ages 3-9) applies toward apple purchase.

SEVEN PONDS ORCHARD

WHEN | WHERE 9 a.m.-6 p.m. daily at 65 Seven Ponds Rd., Water Mill

INFO 631-726-8015, nwsdy.li/sevenponds

VARIETIES 14, including Ginger Gold, Gala, Honeycrisp, Empire, Red Delicious, Golden Delicious, Cameo, Fuji, Granny Smith, SnowSweet and Jonagold.

FEE $20 for a 10-pound bag for up to four people.

THE MILK PAIL

WHEN | WHERE 10 a.m.- 5:30 p.m. Fri.-Sun. at 1346 Montauk Hwy., Water Mill

INFO 631-537-2565, milk-pail.com

VARIETIES 20, including McIntosh, Jonamac, Gala, Honeycrisp, Empire, Jonagold, Mutsu, Red Delicious, Golden Delicious, Winesap, Idared, Fuji, Braeburn, Cameo, Granny Smith, Gold Rush and Pink Lady.

FEE $47 for a 20-pound bag for up to six people.

WICKHAM’S FRUIT FARM

WHEN | WHERE 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Mon.-Sat. at 28700 Rte. 25, Cutchogue

INFO 631-734-6441, wickhamsfruitfarm.com

VARIETIES 16, including Ginger Gold, Gravenstein, Gala, Mutsu, Fuji, Jonagold, Razor, Braeburn, Winesap, Cameo, Red Delicious, Empire, Snap Dragon, Ruby Frost.

FEE $20 for a 10-pound bag.

WINDY ACRES FARM

WHEN | WHERE 9 a.m.-4 p.m. daily at 3810 Middle Country Rd., Calverton

INFO 631-727-4554, nwsdy.li/wacres

VARIETIES 30, including McIntosh, Golden Delicious, Mutsu and Granny Smith.

FEE $8 ages 2 and older includes 2 1⁄2-pound bag; $24 15-pound box.

WOODSIDE ORCHARDS

WHEN | WHERE 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. weekdays (closed Wed.) at 729 Main Rd. (Rte. 25), Aquebogue and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. weekends and Columbus Day at 116 Manor Lane, Jamesport

INFO 631-722-5770, woodsideorchards.com

VARIETIES Up to 27 between two locations including Gala, Empire, Jonagold, Braeburn, Cortland, Mutsu, Arkansas Black, Granny Smith and Golden Delicious.

FEE $15 for a 10-pound bag per group.

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Newsday’s Fall Fun Finder

From apple picking to corn mazes and pumpkin fields, if you’re planning a day trip this fall, our guide will help you figure out which farms you want to visit.

newsday.com/fallfun

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