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Where to find great pies on Long Island

In the fall, a dessert-lovers fancy turns to pie. Making a great pie takes a certain amount of skill, but buying one requires only that you know which Long Island bakeries and farm stands make the best. Here are some of our favorites.

Wickham's Fruit Farm

Wickham's Fruit Farm (28700 Main Rd., Cutchogue): Many
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Wickham's Fruit Farm (28700 Main Rd., Cutchogue): Many of Wickham's 300 acres have been cultivated for more than 300 years, and it's one of Long Island's premier fruit farms. Only Wickham's fruit winds up in Wickham's pies. During the summer, Wickham's freezes surplus fruit so there are strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, apricots, plums and nectarines to work with as the weather cools down. This time of year, apples and pears come to the fore. The 8-inch pies are $12. Closed on Sundays. Open through Dec. 22. More info: 631-734-6441, wickhamsfruitfarm.com

Carissa's The Bakery

Carissa's The Bakery (68 Newtown Lane, East Hampton):
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Carissa's The Bakery (68 Newtown Lane, East Hampton): After baking out of a shared kitchen in Southampton for three years, Carissa Waechter opened this year a retail shop in East Hampton where she has expanded her line of artisanal breads to include showstopping pies, as well as cakes and sandwiches. Waechter always sells a double-crust apple pie and a seasonal fruit pie crowned with peaks of golden meringue, but the rest of the stock is subject to the market and the baker's inspiration and might include local concord grape pie, cranberry-pear maple meringue pie, pumpkin-delicata squash pie, or apple pie with bacon lattice and rosemary crust. The 10-inch pies are $40; 6-inch pies are $18. The shop is open 7 a.m.-4 p.m. daily, Tuesdays and Wednesdays close at 2 p.m. More info: carissasthebakery.com

Kerber's Farm

Kerber's Farm (309 W. Pulaski Rd., Huntington): From
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Kerber's Farm (309 W. Pulaski Rd., Huntington): From its establishment by Peter Kerber in 1941 until the death of its last owner, Kay Makinajian, in 2008, Kerber's was the town's go-to spot for fresh poultry. When Nick Voulgaris III reopened it in 2013, the focus shifted to prepared foods and, especially, baked goods. Among the smashing pies are apple, blueberry, cherry, coconut-cream, s'more, strawberry-rhubarb and the inevitable "Kerberry," with strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, orange rind and vanilla. The 9-inch pies are $24, individual pies are $5.95. More info: 631-423-4400, kerbersfarm.com

Diane's Bakery Cafe

Diane's Bakery Cafe (23 Bryant Ave., Roslyn): Come
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Diane's Bakery Cafe (23 Bryant Ave., Roslyn): Come fall, Diane Margaritis strives to get her apple pies as close as possible to the ones she makes at home. This means using fresh New York State apples and as little starch as she can get away with: She'd rather have a runny filling than one that's too firm. She also eschews cinnamon (last refuge of the scoundrel baker) in favor of nutmeg and lemon juice, which heighten the appleness rather than masking it. No matter the time of year, customers clamor for Diane's three-berry pie, a delectable combination of blueberries, raspberries and strawberries under a lattice top. 8-inch pies are $26; 5-inch pies are $10. More info: 516-621-2522, trattoriadiane.com

Hometown Bake Shop

Hometown Bake Shop (2 Little Neck Rd., Centerport):
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Hometown Bake Shop (2 Little Neck Rd., Centerport): At baker Danna Abrams' year-old bakery-café in Centerport, pies take center stage. Her regular sweet flavors include apple, wild blueberry, mixed berry, strawberry-rhubarb, pecan, black-bottom bourbon walnut and coconut-, banana-, and chocolate-cream pies. The 9-inch pies are $20, mini-pies are $10. Savory pies include ($25 / $12) chili-cornbread, Nanna's meatball pie and Bubbe's pie, filled with brisket and topped with a latke. More info: 631-754-7437, hometownbakeshop.com

Youngs Farm

Youngs Farm (91 Hegemans Lane, Glen Head): Located
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Youngs Farm (91 Hegemans Lane, Glen Head): Located on a bucolic lane in Old Brookville, Youngs is a picture-perfect farm stand selling produce, prepared foods, preserves and baked goods. The pastry for the terrific pies is made in an unorthodox fashion: Shortening and flour are blended with a handheld mixer, a method that results in large batches of pie dough that taste like small batches. Seasonal apple pies rule this time of year, along with raspberry-peach and pear crumb. The dark-cherry pie, made from Washington state Bing cherries and topped with lattice, is a revelation. The 9-inch pies are $19 to $23, 8-inch are $15.50 to $17.50 (Youngs' pies also are sold at Sweetie Pies on Main in Cold Spring Harbor.) Open through Dec. 28. Reopens early February. More info: 516-626-3955, youngsfarm.us

Butterscotch's

Butterscotch's: Collette and Stephanie Foley are sisters who
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Butterscotch's: Collette and Stephanie Foley are sisters who trained as, respectively, a sculptor and a food photographer -- but their striking confections taste as good as they look. The Foleys rotate their selection depending on season and availability. In the fall, standards such as apple, apple-crumb and blueberry crumb are joined by sour cherry, pear-cranberry crumb, mixed-berry crumb and pumpkin custard. The 8-inch pies are $18 and individual fruit tarts are $5. Available at the Long Beach Farmers Market from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays through Nov. 18 and Wednesdays through Nov. 1 plus a special Thanksgiving "pop-up market" on Nov. 22. Email info@butterscotchs.com for special orders. More info: butterscotchs.com

Briermere Farms

Briermere Farms (4414 Sound Ave., Riverhead): With its
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Briermere Farms (4414 Sound Ave., Riverhead): With its cultlike following, Briermere Farms is Long Island's pie colossus. On a fall weekend, hundreds of people (some of whom have parked a quarter mile away) converge on the old farmhouse to choose from among the more than two dozen pies. According to Clark McCombe, whose family has owned Briermere since 1960, almost all the fruit used is grown right there on the farm -- out-of-season fruit is frozen -- and pies are baked on the premises every day. The more than two dozen pies come in classic, crisp-topped and "cream" pies, filled with cream and topped with fruit. The 9-inch pies range in price from $17 (for plain apple) to $24 (for the fruit cream pies) to $34 (for fresh fruit). Open through Dec. 24. Reopening in early spring. More info: 631-722-3931, briermere.com

Jericho Cider Mill

Jericho Cider Mill (213 Jericho Oyster Bay Rd.,
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Jericho Cider Mill (213 Jericho Oyster Bay Rd., Jericho): Jericho Cider Mill is Nassau County's go-to location for all things apple-related. There's an unsurpassed selection of varieties, all from New York State, and that bounty is used to make a number of fine pies: apple, apple-cherry, apple-peach, apple-cranberry, and even some outliers such as blueberry and cherry. The 10-inch pies are $22.50 to $25.50; 6-inch are $9.75. More info: 516-433-3360, jerichocider.com

Torta Fina Bake Shoppe

Torta Fina Bake Shoppe (80 Deer Park Ave.,
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Torta Fina Bake Shoppe (80 Deer Park Ave., Babylon): Torta Fina always has apple pies on hand -- traditional double-crust, streusel-crumb and caramel -- plus key lime and peanut butter fudge. In the fall, they round out the selection with more apple variations (with berries and cranberries) plus coconut custard and the holiday staples bourbon-pecan and pumpkin. The 10-inch deep-dish pies range from $19 to $23. More info: 631-669-0824, tortafina.com

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