How ‘Bout Them? A 2021 East End Apple Picking Guide

apple picking is back on the East End for 2021
It’s apple picking season at these nine East End farms.

As the sun sets on summer and autumn approaches on Long Island, area residents flock to the East End to celebrate the change of seasons with a perennial favorite family activity: apple picking. Here’s where to go apple picking in the Hamptons and on the North Fork this month.

Hank’s Pumpkintown

The Pumpkintown apple orchard is back for the fall season. Pick a wide variety of apples, and have fun in a trio of corn mazes, among other family friendly activities. Find weekly updates on the Hank’s Facebook page, including which apples types are available for picking. 9:30 a.m.–5:45 p.m.

240 Montauk Highway, Water Mill. 631-726-4667, hankspumpkintown.com

Hank's Pumpkintown
Hank’s PumpkintownOliver Peterson

Harbes Family Farm and Orchard

The annual apple picking experience is open Friday–Monday (and holidays) 10 a.m.–5 p.m. weekdays (Fri and Mon), 9 a.m.–6 p.m. weekends (Sat and Sun). Enjoy the Robin Hood Trivia Challenge Corn Maze, pumpkin picking, pony rides, live music and more. Masks and social distancing required (except children 2 and under, and those with special needs).

5698 Sound Avenue, Riverhead. 631-369-1111, harbesfamilyfarm.com

Hayden’s Peach Orchard

Stock up to make peach-apple pies: The orchard will be open for fruit picking 9 a.m.–5 p.m. daily and continually posts updates on their website regarding which days are available for orchard picking.

561 Hulse Landing County Road 54, Wading River. 631-929-1115, davis-peach-farm.business.site

Lewin Farms

Enjoy locally grown fresh apples from September through October. Customers can call to find out about U-Pick date availability. Guests must maintain social distancing and anyone with symptoms will not be allowed to enter the fields.

812 Sound Avenue, Calverton. 631-929-4327, lewinfarm.com

Panoramic view of Milk Pail U-Pick
Panoramic view of Milk Pail U-PickOliver Peterson

Milk Pail Farm

The Milk Pail Farm will be open Saturday of Labor Day weekend through October offering more than 20 apple varieties for picking from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Five-pound bags are $14 cash for one person and 20-pound bags are $49 for six people.

1346 Montauk Highway, Water Mill. 631-537-2565, milk-pail.com

Seven Ponds Orchard 

The orchard is open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily for U-Pick apples and berries. The farmers market also offers freshly baked goods for sale, plus Toyland and a corn maze. More information about U-Pick dates can be found on its Facebook.

65 Seven Ponds Road, Water Mill. 631-726-8015, facebook.com/pages/category/Farmers-Market/Seven-Ponds-Orchard

Wickham’s Fruit Farm

Apple picking will be available throughout October, Monday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The farm recommends calling ahead in the morning to confirm whether or not U-Pick will be open. Masks and social distancing are required in the fields.

28700 Main Road, Cutchogue, 631-734-6441, wickhamsfruitfarm.com

Shiny red delicious apple at the Halsey farm Milk Pail U-Pick
Shiny red delicious appleOliver Peterson

Windy Acres Farm

The farm sells $8 apple-picking quarter-peck bags at the entrance from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. Kids ages 2 and under enter free. The orchard has miniature trees, perfect for children, as well as a kids play area, corn maze, hayrides, and more.

3810 Middle Country Road, Calverton. 631-727-4554, facebook.com/WindyAcresFarm

Woodside Orchards

Woodside Orchards is open for apple picking mid-September through Columbus Day weekend. The Aquebogue location is open 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. during the week, while Jamesport orchard is open 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday in September. Peck bags are sold for $20. Outdoor seating compliant with COVID-19 restrictions for hard cider tastings. Cookies, and doughnuts are available. Masks are required.

729 Main Road, Aquebogue and 116 Manor Lane, Jamesport. 631-722-5770, woodsideorchards.com

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