When it comes to pumpkins and apples there’re a lot to pick from, but being somewhat local, we tend to avoid the picking frenzy and aim for something more gentile and authentic.
So when we're scouting out pumpkins, we look for small stands and farms with fields bursting in shades or orange, yellow and green, a small tractor pulling a load of hay with a few children and adults bouncing happily about, bales of hay strewn about and the quintessential haunted corn maze that’s been terrifying and sending people down the wrong path for ages. Pure and simple. Krupski’s on Rte 25 is one of our favorites. We look forward to their giant jack-o-lantern face glowing on the side of the barn at night, marking the start of pumpkin season. It’s the fourth generation of Krupski’s who tend to the 70+ acres producing pumpkins and gourds since the mid 70’s. The Krupski’s have a long tradition of farming on the North Fork so once the pumpkin ritual concludes be sure to stop inside the farm stand where you can stock up on some fresh produce to accompany your well chosen pumpkin.
For apples we head to Woodside Orchards, now with two locations, Jamesport and Aquebogue, where 20 varietals of apples grow, ready for you to pick. Another family run farm established in 1982 with apple picking at its core. Grab a bushel or two and head out amongst the fields to find your perfect score. Then follow your nose to the barn where you’ll find a variety of pies, doughnuts, cider and apple treats to follow you home.