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North Fork farm stands to visit this fall

It’s harvest time on the North Fork and farm stands large and small are displaying their pumpkins, apples and Indian corn to the slow-moving traffic on routes 48 and 25. Some of these colorful stands are also serving standout food. Stop not only for future jack-o'-lanterns but for snacks, drinks and light meals. Seasonal treats including cider doughnuts, roasted corn and farm egg sandwiches will sustain you as you shop.

Harbes Family Farm

Khary Williams Jr. 4, from Huntington Station takes
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Harbes Family Farm (715 Sound Ave., Mattituck): This veritable farm playground features something for all ages, from the petting zoo and pig races to singing hayride tours. Grown-ups can sample Harbes wines in the wine-tasting barn. On the food front, Harbes offers more than anyone else. Roasted corn, pressed sandwiches, cider doughnuts and corn-flavored ice cream can fuel an entire day of farm fun. More info: 631-298-0800,

Garden of Eve

Chris Kaplan Walbrecht, co-owner of Garden of Eve
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Garden of Eve (4558 Sound Ave., Riverhead): This large organic farm at the intersection of Sound Avenue and the Northville Turnpike has a roasted corn stand at the entrance to its "fun field," a play area that includes a bouncy castle, a tower of hay and a pedal kart track. Inside the farm store, there is a café serving wholesome items like Eve's egg and cheese sandwich with pesto mayo, greens, and cheese on brioche. An adorable little farm brewery attached to the store sells beers with names like Haystack Lager and Farm the Back 40 Session IPA. Free samples are available on the weekends. More info: 631-722-8777,

Patty’s Berries and Bunches

Amberlee Espinoza, 13, a from Huntington has a
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Patty's Berries and Bunches (410 Sound Ave., Mattituck): While the u-pick berry fields at this Mattituck institution close at the end of August, flowers are available through October and they are spectacular: Sunflowers, zinnias, gladiolas, dahlias and more arranged in vibrant bunches every day. The farm stand's own ice cream, also available through October, is made with farm flavors including pumpkin, apple pie and rosemary. More info: 631-298-4679,

Woodside Orchards

Bobby Polito from Medford has a cider donut
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Woodside Orchards (729 Route 25, Aquebogue): This orchard business run by the Gammon family since 1982 has two u-pick locations, one in Jamesport and one in Aquebogue, with 28 varieties of apples on offer during the season. In 2012, the Gammons began to craft hard cider, and serve it out of a tasting room at the Aquebogue site. In addition to traditional dry and sweet ciders, there are flavored ciders including ginger, apricot and blueberry-mango. Sample a flight or pint (growlers are for takeout only) along with freshly fried cider doughnuts made in the adjacent open bakery. More info: 631-722-5770,

Wickham’s Fruit Farm

Louise Sharakan of Manhattan, formerly of Sea Cliff,
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Wickham's Fruit Farm (28700 Main Rd., Cutchogue): This historic farm was established in 1661 and includes some of the oldest continually cultivated land in the country. There are u-pick apples and pumpkins along with a variety of other fruits and vegetables grown on the farm. The cider here is made from Wickham's own apples on Long Island's oldest cider press. For many visitors, Wickham's tender, fluffy cider doughnuts are the primary attraction. Plain, sugar and cinnamon-sugar doughnuts are sold singly and in bags of six, Monday through Saturday. More info: 631-734-6441,

Hallock’s Cider Mill

Brynn DeSario, 6, from East Setauket takes a
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Hallock's Cider Mill (1960 Main Rd., Laurel): This farm stand is most famous for its clam chowder, passed down from through a dozen generations of Hallocks since the first one arrived on Long Island in 1642. It also stocks an amazing array of preserved foods including jams, jellies, salsas and pickled eggs. Baked goods, including pies, are the bestsellers. For a satisfying breakfast treat or afternoon snack, nothing beats their apple pastries at this time of year. Choose from apple fritters, studded with chunks of tender apple, doughnuts filled with apple pie filling and apple turnovers. The cider, made from a proprietary blend of local apples, is also outstanding. More info: 631-298-1140

8 Hands Farm

A hen visits diners by the 8 Hands
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8 Hands Farm (4735 Cox Lane, Cutchogue): The centerpiece of this organic, sustainable farm is a small herd of Icelandic sheep. Heritage pigs share their pasture, and free-range chickens roam the 28 acres where vegetables are also grown. At the farm store, you can purchase pasture-raised meat and eggs as well as lanolin soap and wool for knitting. But the real attraction for foodies is the truck out back where breakfast and lunch dishes are prepared using farm products. Of note: Eggs and corned beef hash, harissa-spiced lamb empanadas made with extremely flaky pastry, and a smoked and pulled pork sandwich made with pasture-raised pork. More info: 631-494-6155,

Briermere Farms

Racks of fresh pies cool after being baked
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Briermere Farms (4414 Sound Ave., Riverhead): Although this Riverhead farm offers seasonal fruits and vegetables, the main attraction is the pie menu, which features over 25 choices ranging from traditional apple to raspberry-plum to coconut meringue. Take your place on line outside the white farmhouse bakery and enjoy the aromas of baking fruit and pastry while you wait. Choose from what's available when it's your turn. Enjoy some of Briermere's muffins and cookies along with coffee at picnic tables in the side yard. More info: 631-722-3931,

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