11/21/17 6:00am

There are a lot of reasons people love visiting the North Fork around Thanksgiving, but perhaps chief among them is the homemade pie sold at local farm stands.

This weekend, Wickham’s Fruit Farm farm stand manager Laurie McBride invited us in to see how they prepare for the holidays, making dozens of apple and pumpkin pies. 

“These pie recipes [this year] are what I grew up with and my family recipes, so it kind of has my flair on top of the traditional Wickham [flavor]” she said. (more…)

08/30/17 6:10am

An apple hangs in the orchard at Wickham’s Fruit Farm in Cutchogue. (Credit: David Benthal)

Apple cider has been enjoyed on the North Fork since at least the Colonial days, when the beverage, prepared either hard or soft, was a favorite of Southold’s earliest families.  (more…)

11/03/16 6:00am
Wickham's Fruit Farm apple press

Geraldo Rais supervises as apple pulp drops onto a waiting canvas tarp, where it is prepared for the cider press. (Credit: Monique Singh-Roy)

Fresh-pressed apple cider isn’t a luxury on the North Fork. In fact, those who shop at Wickham’s Fruit Farm in Cutchogue — which has been pressing its own juice for more than 50 years — might consider it a necessity.

At 112 years old, Wickham’s cider press is just a few years older than the nearly century-old barn in which it resides.

“It was built in 1904 and has never missed a season of operation,” said farm manager Tom Wickham.

The press was originally owned and operated by the former Billard Farm in Cutchogue, where a King Kullen supermarket is now located. The Wickhams brought their apples to be pressed at the farm on an annual basis until the early 1960s, when owner Irving Billard sold them his press. (more…)

09/26/16 6:04am
Snapdragon apples ready to be picked (Credit: Monique Singh-Roy)

Snapdragon apples ready to be picked at Wickham’s Fruit Farm in Cutchogue (Credit: Monique Singh-Roy)

Everyone loves biting into a crisp, fresh apple — particularly this time of year. Now, a new variety is available on the North Fork for residents to enjoy: the Snapdragon.

The Snapdragon was developed following the success of the Honeycrisp apple years before, according to Tom Wickham, owner of Wickham’s Fruit Farm. His Cutchogue operation is one of two local farms to grow the new variety.

“The old varieties were Macintosh, Golden Delicious and Red Delicious,” Mr. Wickham said. “All those have been overtaken by apples that are better-tasting. Thirty years ago we got Gala, Macoun and Empire. Those new varieties have now become the mainstay of our operation.” (more…)

07/21/16 4:00pm
Peaches for sale at Wickham's Fruit Farm in Cutchogue (Monique Singh-Roy)

Peaches for sale at Wickham’s Fruit Farm in Cutchogue (Monique Singh-Roy)

Nothing says summer quite like a big, ripe, juicy peach and the North Fork is home to several farms where you can pick your own this month and next.  (more…)

07/19/16 7:30am
Fresh Direct shot part of their new fall ad campaign at Wickham's Fruit Farm in Cutchogue (Credit: Monique Singh-Roy)

Fresh Direct shot part of their new fall ad campaign at Wickham’s Fruit Farm in Cutchogue (Credit: Monique Singh-Roy)

Fresh Direct, the online grocer delivering to residences and offices in the New York metro area as well as the Hamptons, was at Wickham’s Fruit Farm in Cutchogue Monday morning shooting a new fall ad campaign.

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