There are many reasons why October is prime pumpkin picking season — pumpkin patches are in peak harvesting condition, summer is officially over and families are in full fall mindset. And with Halloween at the end of the month, now’s the time to work on claiming the 2021 title for best jack-o-lantern in your neighborhood.
If you’re looking for pumpkins, you’ll want to start at these excellent Hamptons and North Fork farms, many of which also offer apple picking, farm stands, children’s activities and more autumn excitement.
Fairview Farm at Mecox
Fri–Sun, 10 a.m.–6 p.m.
19 Horsemill Lane, Bridgehampton
Explore this year’s challenging Maize — eight acres of corn with two miles of paths, including raised areas with spectacular views of the farm and nearby water — then try your skill at the corn cannon, peruse the produce market and bake shop and, of course, head into the pumpkin patch to pick yourself a winner.
Open daily, 9:30 a.m.–6 p.m.
240 Montauk Highway, Water Mill
Discover a world of fall fun with pumpkin picking, apple picking, corn mazes, wagon rides, tractor train rides, giant slides, gem mining, playgrounds and a market full of seasonal favorites such as cider doughnuts and roasted corn.
The Milk Pail
Open Fri–Sun, 10 a.m.–5:30 p.m.
50 Horsemill Lane, Water Mill
The Milk Pail offers quite the assortment of pumpkin varieties to choose from, plus an expansive orchard full of delicious apples ready to be picked, and, new this year, U-Pick sunflowers. They’re open until October 31.
Seven Ponds Orchard
Open daily, 9 am.–6 p.m.
65 Seven Ponds Road, Water Mill
Head out into the field to pick varied seasonal goodies: apples, raspberries, blackberries, eggplants, tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, string beans, peppers, squash, pumpkins and sunflowers. And there’s plenty for the kids, as well, such as hay and tractor rides and wooden toy land.
Fink’s Country Farm
Mon–Fri, 10 am.–4 p.m.; weekends 9:30 a.m.–5 p.m.
6242 Middle Country Road, Wading River
The fall barnyard is open on weekdays, offering access to U-Pick pumpkins, barnyard and play areas for only $5. The real party begins on weekends through October 31, when an $18 ticket nets you access to the animatronic chicken show, barnyard buddies, character appearances, jump pillow, hamster wheels, live music, corn cannon, pumpkin slingshot, mining station, kiddie train and much more.
Gabrielsen’s Country Farm
Open daily, 8 a.m.–6 p.m.
200 Herricks Lane, Jamesport
Parents will love all the available mums, Montauk daisies ornamental cabbage, kale and, of course, pumpkins at the farm, while the kiddos have fun exploring the giant games area, train rides, restoration school house and more.
Open daily, 10 a.m.–6 p.m.
715 Sound Avenue, Mattituck
This is the home of the Harbes Barnyard Adventure — eight acres filled with farm animals, bee observatories, the Gnome Hedge Maze, Canna Bulb Flower Field, hayrides and lots more. And yes, there are plenty of pumpkins and other veggies, as well as delicious prepared foods to boot.
Harbes Farms Jamesport
Open Sat & Sun, 9 a.m.–6 p.m.
1223 Maine Road, Jamesport
The Harbes fun continues on fall weekends at the Jamesport location, boasting a nine-acre pumpkin patch, orchard, hayrides, a large corn maze, Robin Hood trivia game and more.
Open daily, 10 a.m.–6 p.m.
38030 Main Road, Peconic
Look for hayrides, mums, plenty of produce and Krupski’s signature cheese pumpkins at this charming farmers market.
Open daily, 9 a.m.–5 p.m.
812 Sound Avenue, Calverton
Call ahead to plan your day in the field picking pumpkins, gourds and apples to your heart’s content. If you’re up for a little challenge, take on the twists and turns of this year’s corn maze.
Open daily, 9 a.m.–6 p.m.
6361 NY Route 25A, Wading River
May’s field is open for pumpkin picking, and the corn maze is open for conquering. On weekends, corn will roast, hayrides will run and Banjo Warren will play his tunes. Mums, corn stalks, straw bails, fall decorations and fresh produce are available, as well.
Stakey’s Pumpkin Farm
Open Mon–Fri, noon–5 p.m.; Sat & Sun, 9 a.m.–5 p.m.
270 West Lane, Aquebogue
Weekday fun includes pumpkin picking, hayrides and the corn maze, while weekend festivities add roasted corn, the snack shack, arm and hand painting, and more. The farm is open through October 30.
Wickham’s Fruit Farm
Open Mon–Sat, 10 a.m.–3 p.m.
28700 Main Road, Cutchogue
As one of the largest farms on the North Fork, boasting approximately 300 acres, Wickham’s is bursting with fruity goodness during each crop’s harvesting season, and October means apples and pumpkins.