09/06/19 6:00am

Snapdragon apples ready to be picked (Credit: Monique Singh-Roy)

It’s the unofficial start of fall and one of the best ways to celebrate the changing season is a visit to a local orchard. September and October are all about apples. Many North Fork farms offer a variety of u-pick apples that can be eaten straight from the branch or added to pies.

Here is your 2019 guide to u-pick apples on the North Fork. Note that farmers recommend calling ahead of time to ensure that fields are open.

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08/04/19 6:00am

The u-pick sunflowers are expected to last through September. (Credit: Cyndi Zaweski)

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Just about everyone has picked their own strawberries or pumpkins, but it’s a bit more rare to pick sunflowers.

At Waterdrinker Family Farm & Gardens in Manorville, guests are invited to walk through the fields of bright yellow blooms and create their own bouquet to bring home. (more…)

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…)