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Great places to pick apples on Long Island

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

Families walk through the orchard at Davis Peach
Photo Credit: Randee Daddona

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

A basket full of honeycrisp and gala apples
Photo Credit: Nicole Horton

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, 
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

Ely Almonte from Mastic, his son Matthew, 6,
Photo Credit: Randee Daddona

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,
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

A farmstand filled with fresh fruits and vegetables
Photo Credit: Randee Daddona

TIMES AND PLACE 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekends and holidays through October at 5698 Sound Ave., Riverhead
INFO 631-369-1111, 
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

An apple hangs on a tree at Woodside
Photo Credit: Randee Daddona

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,
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

Many of Wickham's 300 acres have been cultivated
Photo Credit: Daniel Brennan

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, 
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

Hanks Pumpkintown has everything from apple picking, pumpkin
Photo Credit: Randee Daddona

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,
VARIETIES McIntosh, Macoun, Jonagold, Honeycrisp, Empire, Gala, Fuji, Cameo, Mutsu, Suncrisp, Cortland, SnowSweet.
COST $25 for 10-pound bag

SOUTH FORK: The Milk Pail

Friends pick apples together at the Milk Pail
Photo Credit: Gordon M. Grant

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,
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

A family makes their way through the various
Photo Credit: Nicole Horton

TIMES AND PLACE 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily through November at 65 Seven Ponds Rd., Water Mill
INFO 631-726-8015, 
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. 

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