Apple picking season is at its peak on the East End. No matter what your apple of choice may be, there are a range of varieties grown right here on Long Island. A few favorites include Honey Crisp, Sun Crisp, Granny Smith, McIntosh and Ginger Gold, but there are many other selections to choose from as well. With that being said, one of the best things about living on Long Island is the abundance of “U-Pick” farms.
During the fall season, pick-your-own farms are bustling with families who enjoy the annual tradition of apple and pumpkin picking. Whether you’re filling a bag with apples or a barrel with pumpkins, there are more than a few popular farm locations to choose from.
It may not be the season for peaches, but apples are in full swing at the Davis Peach Farm at their orchard located on Hulse Landing. With over 20 different varieties available at the farmstand and lots of amazing fall treats like hot spiced apple cider and homemade jams, Davis Peach Farm is a popular fall spot. Pick the perfect pumpkin or enjoy a few of the many fall festivities they have to offer. During the month of October the farm will have a fun straw maze for the little ones to enjoy. Davis Peach Farm is located on Hulse Landing Road in Wading River (just before Wildwood State Park). Phone 631-929-1115.
Wickham’s Fruit Farm in Cutchogue is considered an historic, bicentennial farm offering a wide variety of the freshest fruits and vegetables. Pick-your-own Macoun, Fuji and Empire apples, Tuesday through Friday and Macoun, Cortland and Empire apples on Saturdays. Freshly baked goods, pies and preserves and much more. Wickham’s Farm is located at 28700 Route 25 in Cutchogue.
Hank’s Pumpkintown is a place the entire family will enjoy. The fall offers great fun for the kids as well as apple and pumpkin picking. Hanks Farmstand is located at 324 County Rd. 39 in Southampton. Call 631-726- 4667.
A few other popular farms include Balsam Farms in Amagansett (631-316-8784), Domaleski Farms in Mattituck (631-734-6886), Fox Hollow Farm in Calverton (631-727-1786) and Harbes Family Farm in Mattituck (631-298-0800).