An Unforgettable Harvest on Long IslandNothing says autumn in New York State like a trip to Long Island for an unforgettable session of apple picking and a stroll through a hearty pumpkin patch on a crisp Fall day. Perched on the outskirts of grandiose New York City, it's easy to forget that Long Island's history is closely connected to farming. Going back to the 1650s when the first European settlers established communities on Long Island, this fertile spit of land has helped feed the area for over 350 years. Today, families can experience this back-to-nature ethos while tasting delicious seasonal products thanks to the dozens of pick-your-own farms and farm stands that dot the scenic landscape, making it the perfect destination for family-friendly Fall activities.
Family-owned farms on Long Island like Albert H. Schmitt Family Farms, Fox Hollow Farm, Hodun Farms, and Krupski Farms help bring the Fall to life and are all open to visitors as the months cool down. They offer a bountiful harvest of produce, baked goods, and seasonal goodies. U-pick pumpkin patches are plentiful and many of these spots even offer hayrides, corn mazes, live music, and great food. In October, Halloween-inspired haunted mazes give the kids a thrill. Don't let this autumn go by this year without digging into a tasty pumpkin pie, craving your very own Jack-O-Lantern, or stocking up on local goodies like apple cider, candied apples, and apple butter to celebrate September and October. Visit Long Island to capture the true spirit of Fall!