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…)
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…)
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.
Apples on the North Fork are ripe for the picking (Credit: Monique Singh-Roy)
While the beach and backyard barbecue will be on many people’s mind’s this Labor Day weekend, apple picking season on the North Fork has begun. That’s right, at least three farms have either already started apple picking or will kick it off this weekend, including Harbes Family Orchard.
“We’ll be open for apple picking Saturday, Sunday and Monday,” said orchard manager Sharon Harbes. “Our U-Pick apple orchard is about 15 acres and apples that are ready for picking this weekend include our honey crisp and gala apples.” (more…)