It’s easy pickings at these orchards across Long Island. If you have a favorite apple, call in advance or check website for varieties available. Dogs are usually not allowed in the orchards. And please stay out of the apple trees, orchard owners say.
NORTH FORK: Hayden's Orchard
561 Hulse Landing Rd., Wading River, 631-929-1115 Hours 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily through Oct. Varieties 15, including Cortland, McIntosh, Fuji, Honeycrisp, Gala. Fee $2 per pound. Farm stand offers local apple cider for sale.
NORTH FORK: Lewin Farms / Baiting Hollow Nurseries
Fresh Pond Avenue, Calverton, 631-929-4327, lewinfarm.com Hours 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. weekends and holidays through mid-Oct. Varieties Gala, Cortland, Empire, Granny Smith, Yellow Delicious, Red Delicious, Honeycrisp, Rome, Macoun, Mutsu and Fuji (call for availability). Fee $2 a pound; $.05 for bags, $4 baskets to carry apples, or may bring your own bags/baskets.
NORTH FORK: Windy Acres Farm
3810 Middle Country Rd., Calverton, 631-727-4554, nwsdy.li/windyacres Hours 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. daily, through Oct. (call for availability). Varieties 40, including McIntosh, Golden Delicious, Mutsu and Granny Smith. Fee $10 ages 2 and older includes 4 ½-pound bag; $30 15-pound box. Farm stand sells local apple cider.
NORTH FORK: Harbes Orchard
5698 Sound Ave., Riverhead, 631-369-1111 or 631-298-0700, harbesorchard.com Hours 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Sat.-Sun. and holidays through Oct. Varieties 27, including Honeycrisp, Jonagold, McIntosh, Fuji, Cameo, Aztec Rose Fuji, Suncrisp, Enterprise, Maslin Pink Lady, Gala and Shizuoka (golden, large, similar to a Mutsu), check website for availability. Fee $14 for 3 and older, includes 3 pound apple picking bag.
NORTH FORK: Woodside Orchards
729 Main Rd. (Rte. 25), Aquebogue, 631-722-5770, woodsideorchards.com Hours 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. weekdays (closed Wed.) thru Oct. Varieties 6, including Idared, Red Delicious, Gala, Melrose, Honeycrisp and Mutsu; check website for availability. Fee $16 for a 12-15-pound bag per group. Farm stand sells fresh pressed apple cider, cider doughnuts, pies, apple breads and candy apples plus hard cider tastings and offers hard cider tastings.
NORTH FORK: Wickham's Fruit Farm
28700 Rte. 25, Cutchogue, 631-734-6441, wickhamsfruitfarm.com Hours 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Fri.-Sat., through Columbus Day. 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 peck (one-quarter bushel, 30-40 apples), $35 for half a bushel. Farm stand sells fresh-pressed apple cider.
SOUTH FORK: Hank's Pumpkintown
240 Montauk Hwy., Water Mill, 631-726-4667, hankspumpkintown.com Hours 9:30 a.m.-6 p.m. weekends and holidays through Oct. Varieties McIntosh, Macoun, Jonagold, Honeycrisp, Empire, Gala, Fuji, Cameo, Mutsu, Suncrisp, Cortland, SnowSweet. Fee $25 for 10-pound bag, 4 person limit per bag. Farm stand offers local apple cider for sale.
SOUTH FORK: The Milk Pail
50 Horsemill Lane, Water Mill, 631-537-2565, milk-pail.com Hours 10 a.m.- 5:30 p.m. Fri.-Sun. and holidays through Oct. Varieties 20, including McIntosh, Jonamac, Gala, Honeycrisp, Empire, Jonagold, Mutsu, Red Delicious, Golden Delicious, Winesap, Milk Pail 24, Milk Pail 49, Milk Pail 50, Idared, Fuji, Braeburn, Granny Smith, Gold Rush and Pink Lady. Fee $49 for a 20-pound bag for up to 6 people, $14 for a small bag (5 pounds). Farm stand sells fresh pressed apple cider.
SOUTH FORK: Seven Ponds Orchard
65 Seven Ponds Rd., Water Mill, 631-726-8015, nwsdy.li/sevenponds Hours 9 a.m.-6 p.m. daily through Nov. Varieties 14, including Ginger Gold, Gala, Honeycrisp, Empire, Red Delicious, Golden Delicious, Cameo, Fuji, Granny Smith, SnowSweet and Jonagold. Fee $22 for a peck bag (20-25 apples) for up to 4 people. Farm stand sells local apple cider and roasted corn.
More: HUDSON VALLEY Feel like venturing farther afield? Westchester County has bushels of orchards. A sampling:
HARVEST MOON FARM & ORCHARD, 130 Hardscrabble Rd., North Salem, 914-485-1210, harvestmoonfarmandorchard.com Hours 8 a.m.-6 p.m. through Oct. Varieties McIntosh, Macoun, Empire, Cortland, Gala, Ginger Gold, Honeycrisp; check availability. Fee $30 for a 25-pound bag for up to 5 people, $5 each additional person. Store sells produce, free-range eggs, grass-fed beef.
STUART’S FRUIT FARM, 62 Granite Springs Rd., Granite Springs, 914-245-2784, stuartsfarm.com Hours 9 a.m.-6 p.m. daily through Oct. Varieties McIntosh, Macoun, Empire, Cortland, Gala, Crispin, Fuji, Golden Delicious, Red Delicious, Ida Red, Winesap, Cameo, Honeycrisp; check for availability. Fee $30 for a half a bushel.