Apple-picking season is just getting underway on Long Island’s East End. It’s a family-friendly affair, since many orchards grow dwarf-size trees that are low enough for even toddlers to pick their own fruit and help load up a bag. Early-season pickers will find varieties such as the sweet-tart Honeycrisps and crowd-pleasing Galas ready this week — with late-season favorites likely good-for-baking Jonagolds and classic Granny Smiths ready in early October. If you’re hankering for a certain type of apple, call to confirm which varieties are being picked that day.
NORTH FORK: Hayden's Orchard
TIMES AND PLACE: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily through mid-November at 561 Hulse Landing Rd., Wading River
INFO Once known as Davis Peach Farm; 631-929-1115
VARIETIES 20, including Cortland, McIntosh, Fuji, Honeycrisp, Gala.
COST $20 for around a 20-pound bag.
NORTH FORK: Lewin Farms / Baiting Hollow Nurseries
TIMES AND PLACE 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekends and holidays through mid-October 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.
COST $8 ages 10 and older ($5 ages 3-9) goes toward apple purchase.
NORTH FORK: Windy Acres Farm
TIMES AND PLACE 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily through October (call to confirm) at 3810 Middle Country Rd., Calverton
INFO 631-727-4554, nwsdy.li/wacres
VARIETIES 30, including McIntosh, Golden Delicious, Mutsu and Granny Smith.
COST $8 ages 2 and older includes 2 ½-pound bag ($24 15-pound box)
NORTH FORK: Harbes Orchard
TIMES AND PLACE 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekends and holidays through October at 5698 Sound Ave., Riverhead
INFO 631-369-1111, harbesorchard.com
VARIETIES 24, including Honeycrisp, Jonagold, McIntosh, Fuji, Cameo, Aztec Rose Fuji, Golden Delicious, Suncrisp, Enterprise, Maslin Pink Lady, Gala and Shizuoka.
COST $8 ages 3 and older includes bag for 6 to 8 apples.
NORTH FORK: Woodside Orchards
TIMES AND PLACE 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. weekdays (closed Wednesday) thru October at 729 Main Rd. (Route 25), Aquebogue, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekends and holidays at 116 Manor Lane, Jamesport
INFO 631-722-5770, woodsideorchards.com
VARIETIES 27, including Gala, Empire, Jonagold, Braeburn, Cortland, Mutsu, Arkansas Black, Granny Smith and Golden Delicious.
COST $15 for a 10-pound bag per group.
NORTH FORK: Wickham's Fruit Farm
TIMES AND PLACE 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays through Columbus Day weekend (call to confirm) 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.
COST From $20
SOUTH FORK: Hank's Pumpkintown
TIMES AND PLACE 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekends and holidays through October at 240 Montauk Hwy., Water Mill
INFO 631-726-4667, hankspumpkintown.com
VARIETIES McIntosh, Macoun, Jonagold, Honeycrisp, Empire, Gala, Fuji, Cameo, Mutsu, Suncrisp, Cortland, SnowSweet.
COST $25 for 10-pound bag
SOUTH FORK: The Milk Pail
TIMES AND PLACE 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Fridays through Sundays and holidays through October at 50 Horsemill Lane, 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, Granny Smith, Gold Rush and Pink Lady.
COST $47 for a 20-pound bag for up to 6 people.
SOUTH FORK: Seven Ponds Orchard
TIMES AND PLACE 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily through November 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.
COST $22 for a 10-pound bag for up to 4 people.