Apple Picking on the North Fork

Posted on 05 October 2017

Harbes Farm and Orchard

So we've been going out to the North Fork of Long Island all summer long and have passed Harbes a thousand times.  We've never stopped in because there are so many to choose from all lined up on Country Road 48 but this weekend we decided to pay them a visit despite the insane traffic jam surrounding the place.  We were not disappointed.


Rows of Apples

There was a tremendous field with rows of apples of every sort.  There was even an apple trolley available if you didn't feel like walking or if you got tired.  They give you a bag to walk around with and you can take home as many as you can carry in your bag.  The four of us went with my parents so we went home with 6 large bags of apples.  It was a gorgeous day and we had so much fun being in the orchard.


Honeycrisp and Gala

So not all of the different sorts of apples were ripe yet but they did let us pick the honeycrisp and Gala - our all time favorite.  You can't help but eat some delicious apples on the way.  They were so fresh that even Isabella had one, who you will never catch putting a piece of fruit in her mouth.


Get your Pumpkins Early

Their pumpkin patch was in full swing also, so if you had enough of the apples you could pick your pumpkins for the season early before there are slim pickins.


 Corn Maze Then and Now


Like most of these fall farms, there is a corn maze.  We always have to try the maze out.  This was a photo taken when they were 4, their first time in a corn maze and this past weekend.  We had to re-enact the famous photo.  They're even standing on the same side.  That was not planned!


 Walk of Shame

Unfortunately we lost our patience through the corn maze and got to sneak out of one of the rows of corn.  We could not walk through the rows any longer looking for the stencil to color in making sure we made it to all the posts.  There was a surprise archery lesson in the middle of the maze which was a lot of fun but we bailed soon after.


Family Hayride

At the end of our walk of shame we ended up on line for the hayride.  That's always fun.  It was hysterical, they were playing "Old McDonald Had a Farm" during the ride and all of the little kids were bouncing up and down singing and clapping.  Not my teenagers, of course, but definitely fun watching and reminiscing about when they would have done that.


There's Was Wine...

By the time the festivities were over, we were all very happy to sit down and have some goodies - kettle corn and apple cider donuts for the kids and a nice bottle of wine for the adults!



Then there was Apple Crisp


Then you get home and have all of these apples and you don't know what you're going to do with them.  Apple crisp is always a favorite with a scoop of vanilla ice cream to top it off and super easy to make.

If you don't have any plans yet this Columbus Day weekend, I definitely recommend taking a ride out to Harbes Family Farm.  So much fun.




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