With fall finally here at last, there is no better way to usher in the new season than by going pumpkin picking. Whether you're going out with the family for the afternoon or plan to spend the time with a special somebody, heading out to a pumpkin patch is a perfect activity for children and adults alike.
How to choose the perfect pumpkin
People use pumpkins in different ways. Some paint or carve them, while others use them in delicious baked goods like pies and bread. Here are some tips for selecting the perfect pumpkin based on your plans:
- If you plan to carve: Think about what shape and size would best suit your desired design before purchasing.
- If you plan to bake: Sugar pumpkins (diameter of 8-10”) are better-suited for baking than larger, decorative-oriented pumpkins.
- Pumpkins with flat bases are ideal for display after carving.
- Knock on the shell to ensure that the pumpkin makes a hollow sound. A hollow sound is a positive indicator that the pumpkin is ripe.
Where to Pick Pumpkins
Now is the fun part…getting out there and searching for those pumpkins! Check out the following prime destinations for pumpkin picking right here on Long Island. Visit the websites to confirm operating hours which may change due to weather.
633 Horseblock Road, Brookhaven 631-286-7876
Glover Farms has u-pick pumpkins, a corn maze, hayrides, a pumpkin house and corn cannon. After you work up an appetite from all those activities, treat yourself to roasted corn and cider donuts.
38030 Route 25, Peconic 631-734-6847
Find your great pumpkin at Krupski Farms. In addition to its beautiful selection of pumpkins, Krupski Farms also has a Haunted Barn, Haunted Corn Maze and Hay Ride on weekends until Halloween.
812 Sound Avenue, Calverton 631-929-4327
Lewin Farms was Long Island’s first u-pick farm on Long Island. Take a ride to Calverton and get your fall pumpkins and if you visit on a weekend, give the corn maze a try. How long will it take you to escape?
6 Bagatelle Road, Dix Hills (If using
Schmitt Family Farm on Bagatelle has pumpkin picking and a whole lot more. Every Saturday and Sunday through October 31, plus Columbus Day, from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. is a Fall Festival. Bring the whole family for indoor and outdoor activities including pumpkin picking, hayrides, an animal train ride, duck races, roasted corn, games and lots of other kid-friendly excitement.
3810 Middle Country Road, Calverton 631-727-4554
This family-run farm offers pumpkins, gourds, corn stalks and other fall favorites. For some added fun, take a wagon ride or try to escape the corn maze.
134 East Woodside Avenue, Patchogue 631-758-1491
Now through October 31, Woodside Nursery will be having pumpkin picking as well as an outdoor walk and haunted tunnel with dinosaur exhibit, balloon bounce, gold mining, scarecrow making and more. Open daily and great for the whole family.
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