During the fall, Long Islanders are accustomed to spending their weekends at some of the best, most bountiful apple picking orchards in our area. Besides apples, many of them even have pumpkin patches and farm stands with tons of delicious seasonal treats. If you’re interested in picking some of your own apples this harvest, be sure to visit these delightful farms and orchards.
The Best Apple Picking Orchards on Long Island
Milk Pail, located on Horsemill Lane in Water Mill, is one of Long Island’s oldest apple orchards, having been in the family for over 300 years. What’s great about Milk Pail is that they also specialize in pumpkins and have several patches available for picking them, too!
Although, with over 20 different varieties to choose from, apple picking is the clear breadwinner at this local fall hotspot. This orchard is also kid-friendly with plenty of dwarf trees available for even the youngest apple pickers!
You can also enjoy their fresh farm stand that sells plenty of local delicacies like gourds, squashes, cider and tons of other fall favorites. Milk Pail is open on Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and will close for the season after October.
If you’re a true Long Islander, you’ve undoubtedly picked pumpkins at the ultra-popular Harbes Family Farm, but have you ever picked apples at Harbes Orchards? This 15-acre farm, located in Riverhead, is open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. every weekend through the end of October.
Their signature Apple Express will take you to the most bountiful part of the orchard, where you will have your pick of over 27 succulent varieties. They also have a 5-acre pumpkin patch and plenty of hay bales, corn stalks and mums for sale.
Your children will never want to leave once they’ve experienced the incredibly fun Robin Hood Corn Maze. They will assist Robin Hood in defeating the Sherriff’s Champion by finding all of the right equipment and engaging with the maze’s friendly actors.
Should you work up an appetite, visit their farm stand and try some of Harbes’ famous roasted sweet corn, apple cider donuts and their signature vineyard wines.
Wickham’s Fruit Farm
Monday through Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Wickham’s Fruit Farm, which sits on the Peconic Bay, is open to the public. One fun fact about Wickham’s is that it sits on the oldest continually cultivated land in the entire United States, dating back to 1661.
With over 300 acres, it’s also the largest farm on the North Fork. This time of year though, you can really only pick pumpkins and apples, but they have plenty of strawberries, raspberries, cherries and blueberries in other months. They also sell specialty cheese, pies, preserves and donuts.
These are truly some of the best apple picking orchards in our area. There is really no better way to spend a fall weekend on Long Island than at these farms!