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…)
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…)