Apple Picking on Long Island

By
Real Estate Broker/Owner with Coldwell Banker Matherson

Trees in Long Island's orchards are laden with apples for picking. Whether you favor sweet Golden Delicious or tart Granny Smith, there's one that will be the apple of your eye. Many orchards offer family-friendly activities for pre- or post-picking that range from wagon and hayrides to tours.

Most growers who offer u-pick are open seven days, but if the crop is "picked out," they may close for a day, so call to check or visit the Web sites listed before you head out.

The Milk Pail
1346 Montauk Hwy. and 732 Mecox Rd., Water Mill
631-537-2565
milk-pail.com

Hours: 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday (u-pick opens at 10 a.m. Sunday)

Cost: $26 for a 20-pound bag ( 1/2 bushel)

Jonamac, McIntosh, Zestar and Sansa and other snappy varieties are being picked right now. Peaches, home-baked goodies and cider also are available. Picking is off Mecox Road, the first road east of the stand on Montauk Highway. Dogs not allowed in the orchard.

Woodside Farms
Route 25, Aquebogue, and Manor Lane, Jamesport
631-722-5770
woodsidefarmsli.com

Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily for u-pick

U-pick begins Sept. 20, with several varieties expected to be available for harvest this season (check Web site for specifics). Homemade pies are fresh-baked Wednesday through Sunday and cider doughnuts are made daily. You may get a chance to watch cider being made. Cider slushies are a cold treat after an afternoon of picking apples.

Wickham's Fruit Farm
Route 25, Cutchogue
631-734-6441
wickhamsfruitfarm.com

Hours: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday through Saturday; closed Sunday

Cost: $20 a peck plus $1 entry fee per person

Besides choice u-pick apples (and peaches, for as long as they last), cider, preserves and freshly made doughnuts and pies are available. Other attractions include tours, wagon rides, bee observation and a picnicking area. Dogs allowed on leashes.

Seven Ponds Orchard
65 Seven Ponds Rd., Water Mill
631-726-8015

Hours: 9 a.m.-6 p.m.

Cost: $1.25 a pound

Dwarf apple trees are easy for kids to reach, and red Radio Flyer wagons are available for carting your apples back from the orchards - you'll find Ginger Gold, Gala, McIntosh, Macoun, Mutsu and Golden Delicious varieties. Enjoy a corn maze, hayrides and a picnic area. Besides apple picking, there's blackberry and raspberry picking (plus flowers and tomatoes as long as they last). Pies, jams, candy apples and other goodies are on sale.

Davis Peach Farm
Hulse Landing Road, north of Route 25A, Wading River
631-929-1115
davispeachfarm.com

Hours: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily

Cost: $1.30 a pound

Such varieties as Cortland, MacIntosh, Fuji and Gala are ready for picking. There's a hot- dog stand for famished pickers. No dogs or strollers.

Lewin Farms
812 Sound Ave., Wading River
631-929-4327
lewinfarms.com

Hours: Open every day 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Cost $1 a pound

Don't forget the cider

Jericho Cider Mill
73 Rte. 106, Jericho
516-433-3360

When fresh apples are available by the bushel, someone's bound to be making cider. Jericho Cider Mill has been pressing apple cider since the 1800s in an old barn, where you can also find fresh apples, apple pies, crisps and other baked goods. It is expected to open later this week, when the first local apples are delivered.

For more u-pick information, go to pickyourown.org/nylongisland.htm.

A complete directory of orchards in the state as well as information about when apples ripen, health benefits of apples and recipes, can be found at nyapplecountry.com. Go to nycider.com for a directory of producers.

See a complete list of Long Island farm stands.

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