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Gardening: The Basics: Fall Apple Picking

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Apple Picking

Long Island orchards are full of ripe apples signaling the perfect time to pick a peck or two. Enjoy a crisp fall day by visiting local u-pick farms offering a variety of apples from Macoun to Mutsu to McIntosh.  

HANK’S PUMPKINTOWN, 240 Montauk Hwy., Water Mill, 631-726-4667,

Hours: 9:30 a.m.-6 p.m. weekends and holidays Sept. 10 through October.

Varieties: McIntosh, Macoun, Jonagold, Honeycrisp, Empire, Gala, Fuji, Cameo, Mutsu, Suncrisp, Cortland, SnowSweet. Local apple cider and hard cider also for sale.

Fee: $30-$35 for a one peck bag.

HARBES FARMS JAMESPORT, 1223 NY-25, Jamesport, 631-494-4796,

Hours: 9 a.m.-6 p.m. weekends and holidays Sept. 3 through Oct. 30.

Varieties: Honeycrisp only.

Fee: $9-$22 per person depending on day and package selected.

HARBES ORCHARD, 5698 Sound Ave., Riverhead, 631-683-8388,

Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays; 9 a.m.-6 p.m. weekends and holidays Sept. 3 through Oct. 30.

Varieties: Honeycrisp, Jonagold, Fuji, Cameo, Aztec Rose Fuji, Suncrisp, Enterprise, Maslin Pink Lady, Gala and Shizuka (golden, large, similar to Mutsu). 

Fee: $19-$31 per person depending on day and package selected.

HAYDEN’S ORCHARD, 561 Hulse Landing Rd., Wading River, 631-929-1115.

Hours: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily September through Oct.

Varieties: Cortland, McIntosh, Fuji, Honeycrisp and Gala.

Fee: $2.50 a pound.

LEWIN FARMS, Fresh Pond Avenue, Calverton, 631-929-4327,

Hours: 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. weekends and holidays, late August through mid-Oct., weekday hours vary.

Varieties: Gala, Cortland, Empire, Granny Smith, Yellow Delicious, Red Delicious, Honeycrisp, Rome, Macoun, Mutsu and Fuji.

Fee: $2.50 a pound; $8 minimum per adult and $5 ages 5-12 to pick; minimum purchase required; $5 for baskets to carry apples, or bring your own bags and baskets.

THE MILK PAIL, 50 Horsemill Lane, Water Mill, 631-537-2565,

Hours: 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Fridays through Sundays and holidays Sept. 3 through October.

Varieties: McIntosh, Jonamac, Gala, Honeycrisp, Empire, Jonagold, Mutsu, Red Delicious, Golden Delicious, Winesap, Idared, Fuji, Braeburn, Granny Smith, Gold Rush and Pink Lady. Farm stand sells fresh-pressed apple cider and apple cider doughnuts.

Fee: $51 for a large bag (20 pounds); $29, medium bag (10 pounds); $15, small bag (5 pounds). All cash prices.

SEVEN PONDS ORCHARD, 65 Seven Ponds Rd., Water Mill, 631-726-8015.

Hours: 9 a.m.-6 p.m. daily, Sept. 3 through November.

Varieties: Ginger Gold, Gala, Honeycrisp, Empire, Red Delicious, Golden Delicious, Cameo, Fuji, Granny Smith, Ambrosia, Royal Red Honeycrisp, Crimson Crisp, Snow Sweet and Jonagold. Apple cider and roasted corn also for sale.

Fee: $14.99 for a 5-pound bag admits two people.

WINDY ACRES FARM, 3810 Middle Country Rd., Calverton, 631-727-4554.

Hours: 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. weekends through Oct. 31.

Varieties: McIntosh, Golden Delicious, Mutsu and Granny Smith. Farm stand sells local apple cider. 

Fee: $12.50 ages 2 and older, includes quarter-peck bag.

WOODSIDE ORCHARDS, 729 Main Rd. (Route 25), Aquebogue, 631-722-5770,

Hours: 11:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Monday-Tuesday and Thursday-Friday starting the second week of September; u-pick entry at 5 p.m. Closed Wednesday. On weekends, no picking at this location, but tasting room is open.

Varieties: Mutsu, Ida Red, Gala and Red Delicious. Cider doughnuts and hard cider tastings, too. Farm stand sells fresh-pressed apple cider, pies, apple breads, candy and caramel apples through Nov.

Fee: $20 for 12- to 15-pound bag (one bag minimum for groups of 6 or smaller).

WOODSIDE ORCHARDS, 116 Manor Lane, Jamesport,

Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. weekends and holidays mid-September through October. Last u-pick entry is 4:30 p.m. Farm stand sells fresh-pressed cider, cider doughnuts, pies, apple breads, candy and caramel apples and hard cider tastings. 

Varieties: Two varieties of the 28 grown available for picking every weekend.

Fee: $20 for 12- to 15-pound bag, one bag necessary for groups of 6 or smaller.