07/13/15 6:03am
Mickey Harley of Bhavana Berries. (Credit: Chris Lisinski)

Mickey Harley of Bhavana Berries. (Credit: Chris Lisinski photos)

Mickey Harley is convinced he presents something no one else does on the North Fork — a hands-on garlic-harvesting experience.

At his farm, Bhavana Berries in Southold, visitors are welcome to grab a brightly colored shovel and pluck an odiferous head of garlic straight from the ground. Such interactivity, often abbreviated in signs as “U-pick,” is common with other fruits and vegetables — but Harley believes he is the only farm in the area to offer garlic as an option.

“There are a lot of other garlic farmers, but I don’t know of any that do U-pick,” he said. (more…)

06/23/15 10:24am
Raspberries for sale at Patty's Berries and Bunches in Mattituck. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

Raspberries for sale at Patty’s Berries and Bunches in Mattituck. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

Sure, enormous inflated strawberries decorate some North Fork farm stands this time of year and that fruit even gets its own local festival. But ask certain people what their favorite red berry is and they will be sure to tell you it is the smaller, juicier and trickier to grow raspberry. (more…)

09/30/14 1:00pm
Peter Lynch of Rockville Centre carries pumpkins to the cash register as his family watches. (Barbaraellen Koch)

Peter Lynch of Rockville Centre carries pumpkins to the cash register at Stakey’s Pumpkin Farm as his family watches. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

It’s that time of year again, when families come from western Long Island and beyond to pluck their own pumpkins for Halloween jack-o’-lanterns and to decorate the Thanksgiving table.

If you don’t want to be the only family on the block without your stoop or window sill decorated with the big orange gourd of fall, we have a list of places to pick you own.
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