September 18, 2013
Apple picking season has begun, a handy list of where to pick!
By: Dawn Betke, Mattituck Macaroni Kid, Mom Publisher
Fall is my absolute favorite season, you will hear me say it time and time again! And apple picking with the family is just one reason why the start of Fall makes me smile.The North Fork offers many spots for U Pick Apples, different varieties and different experiences come with each. I highly recommend calling ahead before heading to a U Pick location for availability, apple variety and picking conditions as well. Many of the farmers are just too busy to update their Facebook Pages or Websites daily. Also please note, many of the farms do not have bathrooms available.
Davis Peach Farm- Location:
Hulse Landing Road, north of 25A, Wading River. Phone: 631.929.1115. Open: Hours vary, call the Orchard directly to see what’s available for pick your own, and if they are opened.
Harbes Family Farm Orchard - Location: 5698 Sound Avenue, Riverhead. Phone: 631.298.0800 Open: Weekends 9-6PM, Night Maze 7-10 PM. The whole family can enjoy picking from 8 different apple varieties on a 5 acre expanse of trees. Take a break from apple picking to enjoy a scenic tour of the orchard by catching a ride on their new Apple Express Hayride! Admission to orchard is $8 per person and includes a 1/4 peck of apples and a ride on their apple express to the best apple picking. Visit theirwebsite for details. Harbes Orchard will reopen this weekend – 9/28 – 9/29!Lewins Farm - Location: 812 Sound Avenue, Wading River (Apples are located off of Fresh Pond Avenue, just East of the farm) Phone: 631.929.4327 Open: Daily, call ahead for conditions and updates. Visit their website for details.Seven Ponds Orchard - Location: 65 Ponds Rd, Water Mill. Phone: 631.726.8015 Open: Daily, see their Facebook Page for info.The Milk Pail Farm & Orchard - Location: 723 Mecox Rd, Water Mill. Phone: 631.537.2565 Open: Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 5:30pm throughout September and October and holidays. Choose from their twenty varieties throughout the months of September and October. Their dwarf apples trees are perfect for all ages. Visit their website for details.Wickham's Fruit Farm - Location: 28700 Main Rd, Cutchogue. Phone: 631.734.6441 Open: Daily, closed Sundays. U-Pick is open to U-Pick Club Members only, see their website for details.Windy Acres - Location: 3810 Middle Country Road Calverton. Phone: 631.727.4554 Open: U Pick has started on early varieties, open daily. Seasonal Flowers, decor, and a fully stocked farmstand. Large outdoor wooden structure play area for the kids. Visit them on Facebook for updates.Woodside Farms - Location: 116 Manor Lane, Jamesport Phone: 631.298.8896 Open: Mid September, 9 am to 4:30 pm Saturday and Sunday. Choose from over ten different varieties of apples as they ripen, during the months of September and October. Apple donuts, bread, cider both hot and cold, and cider slushies available early on! Visit theirwebsite for details and conditions.