With temperatures above 80 degrees yesterday and feeling more like summer than fall, we put our kids in the car and drove east on the LIE with intentions of apple picking at Lewin Farms. Sitting in traffic on 25A, my 5 year old daughter mentioned that she was glad that she wore her sneakers because they would make tree climbing much easier for her. After driving around for awhile, we realized that the apple orchard we visited last year was nowhere to be found, so we called and were greeted with a recording that stated that they closed for the season.
“Okay kids, change in plans, we’re going pumpkin picking instead!”
We drove by a number of small pumpkin patches but wanted the real experience of pulling the pumpkins off of the vine, so we stopped at Lewin Farms. They had a pretty good selection of pumpkins this year, ranging from super small to pretty big, but you still had to walk over a good amount of smashed/bad pumpkins and do some digging to get to the good ones. On such a beautiful day, the farm was crowded, but less people than I had imagined there would be.
Lewin Farms offers all the pumpkins you could carry for $25 or pay $0.49/pound.
Here’s our final stash:
My daughter thought she could carry the “super big” pumpkins (this lasted about 3 steps)
There were also some hay bales that made a great backdrop for a fall picture of both kids.
We’d definitely recommend Lewin Farms if you are planning to go pumpkin picking within the next week or so. So many local farms were affected by the hurricane and have smaller crops than in the past years. If you’re looking for apples, your best bet is to call the orchards before you venture out and confirm that they are open and have apples available for picking. We also posted the other day some other top places to go pumpkin picking on Long Island.
Lewin Farms is located at 812 Sound Avenue in Wading River and has u-pick open from 9am – 430pm weekends and holidays. Visit them on the web at www.LewinFarm.com or call 631.929.4327.