Nothing says autumn quite like driving along the East End in pursuit of the ultimate in apple and pumpkin picking. The invigorating, crisp air, bright blue skies and smell of roasting corn awaken the senses, reminding us of the joys that come with the changing season. From the North Fork to the South Fork, options abound. Take your pick…and always call ahead to confirm availability.
Bruno Farmstand in Manorville has pick-your-own pumpkins from the end of September through the end of October. Through Thanksgiving, you can pick up home-grown fruit, vegetables, preserves, super-sweet corn, plum tomatoes, cheese, peppers and many eggplant varieties. 740 Wading River Road, Manorville, 631-591-3592.
Gabrielsen’s Country Farm offers sweet corn, strawberries, vegetables, pumpkins and more. Through October 31, take part in a corn maze, hay rides, pumpkin patch and restoration village. Gabrielsen’s is located at 1299 Main Rd. (Route 25), Jamesport, 631-722-3259.
Hank’s Pumpkintown is a great place for the whole family and it’s bigger than ever. Enjoy apple and pumpkin picking and a market full of fresh vegetables, fruits, pies and other homemade goods. They also have pumpkins, gourds, Indian corn, mums, straw bales, baked goods and apples for sale. Pumpkintown features a Maze Quest Maze, super sweet corn, roasted corn and family fall fun. Hank’s Farmstand is located at 324 Country Rd. 39, Southampton,
Harbes Family Farm & Vineyard is famous for their roasted super-sweet corn, a farm market full of fruits, vegetables, pies and homemade goods as well as a wine tasting bar, an interactive Barnyard Adventure, pick-your-own pumpkin patch, corn mazes and hayrides. Harbes Family Farm is located at 715 Sound Avenue, Mattituck, 631-298-0800.
Krupski Farms has a fresh produce farm stand and pick-your-own pumpkins and corn maze. Located at 38030 Route 25 in Peconic, 631-734-7841.
Lewin Farms has pick-your-own apples on their 1,100 acre family owned and operated farm. Aside from picking your own apples and pumpkins, you can pick your own peppers and eggplants and cut your own Christmas trees beginning the day after Thanksgiving. Visit them at 812 Sound Avenue in Wading River, 631-929-4327
The Milk Pail in Water Mill is celebrating its 31st year of U-Pick apples and pumpkins. Throughout September and October, more than 20 varieties of apples may be available on the easy-to-reach dwarf apples trees, while the pumpkin patch is a Halloween hunter’s paradise. U-pick located at 50 Horsemill Lane, Water Mill, 631-537-2565.
Rottkamp’s Fox Hollow Farm in Calverton has seasonal pick-your-own items including five acres of pumpkins. Have fun in their family-friendly corn maze and then nosh on some roasted corn at the farmstand. 2287 Sound Avenue, Calverton, 631-727-1786
Seven Ponds Orchard in Water Mill offers apple picking with varieties including Gala, Ginger Gold, McIntosh, Honeycrisp, Macoun, Fuji, Cortland, Empire and many more. Hay rides and corn maze for kids. Seven Ponds Orchard is located at 65 Seven Ponds Road, Water Mill, 631-726-8015.
W&K Farms in Manorville has pick-your-own pumpkins, a corn maze, roasted corn and hayrides. Located at Wading River Road and South Street, Manorville, 631-878-8653.
White Cap Farm in Water Mill makes their own amazing apple cider. Come to the home farm of the owners and founders of the Milk Pail Store and Orchard, John and Evelyn Halsey, where together with their daughters Amy and Jennifer they’ve perfected the art of juicing apples. 757 Mecox Road in Water Mill. 631-537-2565
Wickham’s Fruit Farm in Cutchogue is a historic farm, one of the largest on the North Fork, offering a wide variety of the freshest fruits and vegetables. Pick your own Macoun, Fuji, Empire and Cortland apples. Enjoy freshly baked pies, preserves and more. Located at 28700 Route 25, Cutchogue, 631-734-6441.
Woodside Orchards has pick-your-own apples at both their Jamesport and Aquebogue locations. Jamesport is open for U-Pick weekends and Aquebogue is open seven days a week. You can choose from more than 10 different varieties of apples as they ripen during the months of September and October. Locations at 729 Main Road, Aquebogue and 116 Manor Lane, Jamesport, 631-722-5770.
W. Zilnicki Pumpkins has pick-your-own pumpkins and a corn maze. Located on Sound Avenue in Riverhead, 631-727-0408.