It’s fall, y’all, which means one thing: It’s time to bust out the red Radio Flyer wagon and head to one of the many pumpkin-picking farms on Long Island.
Gearing up to snag the perfect gourd early in the season? Luckily, there are plenty of pumpkin patches and farms across Nassau and Suffolk which are fully operational and open for picking this autumn.
Albert H. Schmitt Family Farm, Dix Hills
6 Bagatelle Rd, Dix Hills, NY 11746
The Schmitt’s name stems from a long line of potato farmers who have been farming on Long Island since the mid-1800s. Now owned by Albie and Dottie Schmitt, Schmitt Family Farm on Bagatelle Road is open seven days a week. There’s a pumpkin-picking field, hayrides, an animal train ride, duck races and more. There’s a $5 fee to enter the pumpkin patch, which includes participation in the duck race and photo opportunities.
More information: https://schmittsfamilyfarms.com/
Organics Today Farm, East Islip
169 Washington St, East Islip, NY 11730
This organic farm on the South Shore may be small, but there’s no shortage of seasonal activities for kids, including a tractor hayride. Plus, the farm offers moonlit pumpkin picking sessions every Saturday evening in October – so bring your flashlight! A small shop on-site, decorated with mini-lights, sells roasted corn, apple cider, apple doughnuts throughout the night.
More information: https://organicstodayfarms.com/events
Fairview Farm, Bridgehampton
19 Horsemill Ln, Bridgehampton, NY 11932
Family-owned Fairview Farm, offers the farmstand classics: local meats and produce, homemade sweets, farm-fresh eggs, loaves of bread, jams and jellies, and herbs and flowers. In addition to pumpkin picking, this location is home to an eight-acre corn maze, complete with a new theme and design for 2021! This year’s theme celebrates the 20th anniversary of the corn maze and farm stand.
More information: https://www.fairviewfarmatmecox.com/
Hank’s Pumpkintown, Water Mill
240 Montauk Hwy., Water Mill, NY 11976
Hank and Lynne Kraszewski are the people behind Pumpkintown, a name that extends to two locations: a larger site in Water Mill and a farmstand in Southampton. According to its website, Hank’s Pumpkintown came to be when the family was forced to supplement acres of potatoes with other crops. Now, the corn, berries, apples and pumpkins are staples at the Kraszewskis’ farms, open seven days a week. Wagon rides, apple-picking and a maze for kids are also at the Water Mill site.
More information: http://www.hankspumpkintown.com/about-the-farm.html
Harbes Family Farm, North Fork
Harbes has been farming on Long Island for over 13 generations. Harbes was the first certified sustainable vineyard on L.I. and has become somewhat of a North Fork hub for all things autumn. All three Harbes farms – in Riverhead, Jamesport and Mattituck – offer pumpkin-picking, with unique activities at each location. Beginning Oct. 9, Harbes’ Orchard will host spooky night mazes, complete with creepy characters, on most Saturday nights. Admission is $16.95 per person.
More information: https://harbesfamilyfarm.com/
White Post Farms, Melville
250 Old Country Rd, Melville NY 11747
White Post Farms was first owned by the Brigati’s, a family of potato farmers, in 1876. The farm has been passed down through generations and is currently known for its seasonal activities and animal farm with aviaries, monkeys, giraffes and more. The farm will host its Fall Festival every day this season. One ticket to the festival includes admission to pumpkin picking, sing-a-long hayrides, pumpkin painting and an animal farm visit. Puppet and magic shows are also offered at the farm on select dates.
More information: https://www.whitepostfarms.com/fall-farm-festival-2021/