Get picking while the picking’s good. It’s the height of apple picking season in the Hamptons. Take your pick of these apple-picking destinations on the South Fork. For me and my kids there is NO place like Hanks Pumpkintown in Watermill. The fall festivities begin September 8. At Hanks we like to enjoy gem mining, corn maze, pumpkin picking, apple picking, face painting and they have an amazing wooden playground the kids can’t seem to get enough of. They’ve added a 70′ jump pad to the fall fun, Hanks really goes all out for fall fun on the East End it is a MUST on the weekends for you and your kiddos it will not disappoint.
Hank’s Pumpkintown, 240 Montauk Highway, Water Mill, is a great place for the whole family and it’s bigger than ever. Enjoy apple and pumpkin picking on weekends and holidays. They also have gourds, Indian corn, mums, straw bales, baked goods and more for sale. Pumpkintown features a corn maze, super sweet corn, roasted corn and family fall fun. hankspumpkintown.com
The Milk Pail, 50 Horsemill Lane, Water Mill, is celebrating its 32nd year of U-Pick apples and pumpkins. Throughout September and October, more than 20 varieties of apples may be available on the easy-to-reach dwarf apples trees, while the pumpkin patch is a Halloween hunter’s paradise. The orchard is open Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. milk-pail.com
Seven Ponds Orchard, 65 Seven Ponds Road, Water Mill, offers apple picking with varieties including Gala, Ginger Gold, McIntosh, Honeycrisp, Macoun, Fuji, Cortland, Empire and many more. Seven ponds is open seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.until Thanksgiving. Hay rides and a corn maze are available for kids.Facebook
The North Fork also has some of the BEST apple and pumpkin picking and some of the most fun fall activities on the East End of Long Island.
Harbes Family Farm
Mattituck, Jamesport and Riverhead locations (631) 298-0800
Apple picking, pumpkin picking, corn mazes, hay rides and Harbes’ Barnyard Adventure at the farm’s three locations (Jamesport Western Farm, Mattituck Family Farm and Harbes Orchard in Riverhead). Visit the Harbes website to see which activities are offered at the different locations. Open seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission is $9.95 Monday through Friday and $17.95 Saturdays, Sundays and holidays.
If you are driving along and you see a traffic jam then you know you are at Briermere farms in Riverhead they are the best pies you will eat PERIOD. Forget North Fork, South Fork you’ll be hard pressed to find a better tasting pie anywhere these pies truly are THAT good and you can not leave the North Fork without a visit here.
Eighteen varieties of pumpkins on 26 acres are just waiting to be picked off the vine. There’s also a corn maze, hayrides, bounce house, face painting, and a country store. Leashed pets are welcome. http://www.stakeyspumpkinfarm.com/