Goodbye Summer…Hello Apple Season! 252

With Labor Day marking the “unofficial” end of summer and the kids back to school, September begins the onset of fall festivities all across Long Island.  And with that…apple picking season!

From Hayrides and corn mazes to homemade pies and apple cider, Long Island is home to a wide array of activities for the whole family.  Check out some our favorite orchards to visit here on Long Island.  Or if you are in the mood for a little road trip, be sure to visit NY Apple Country to see some of the best places to find apples just north of NYC.

Lewins Farms

Lewins Farm Apples
Address:812 Sound Avenue Calverton, NY 11933
Phone:(631) 929-4327
Varieties: Gala, Cortland, Empire, Granny Smith, Yellow Delicious, Red Delicious, Honeycrisp, Rome, Macoun, Mutsu and Fuji
Fee: $1.75/lb apples, $.05 for bags, $4 carrying baskets, or bring your own!

Harbes Farm & Orchard

Harbes Apples
Address: 715 Sound Ave, Mattituck, NY 11952
Phone: (631) 298-0700
Varieties (27): Honeycrisp, Jonagold, McIntosh, Fuji, Cameo, Aztec Rose Fuji, Suncrisp, Enterprise, Maslin Pink Lady, Gala and Shizuoka (golden, large, similar to a Mutsu)
Fee: $14 for 3 and older, includes bag for 6-8 apples.

Hayden’s Ochard

Address:561 Hulse Landing, Wading River, NY 11792
Hours:Mon-Fri: 9am – 5pm, ​​Sat-Sun: 9am – 6pm
Varieties (15): Cortland, McIntosh, Fuji, Honeycrisp, Gala.
Fee: $2/lb

Wickham Fruit Farm

Wickhams Apples
Address:28700 Main Road Cutchogue, NY 11935
Phone:(631) 734-5454
Varieties (16): Ginger Gold, Gravenstein, Gala, Mutsu, Fuji, Jonagold, Razor, Braeburn, Winesap, Cameo, Red Delicious, Empire, Snap Dragon, Ruby Frost.
Hours: Mon-Sat: 10am – 3pm
Fee: $20 for a peck (one-quarter bushel, 30-40 apples), $35 for half a bushel.

Breeze Hill Farm & Preserve

Breeze Hill Farm & Preserve
Address:31215 County Road 48, Peconic NY 11958
Phone:(631) 876-5159

Milk Pail

Milk Pail Apples
Address:50 Horsemill Lane, Water Mill, NY 11976
Phone:(631) 537-2565
Varieties (20): Milk Pail 24, Milk Pail 49, Milk Pail 50, McIntosh, Jonamac, Gala, Honeycrisp, Empire, Jonagold, Mutsu, Red Delicious, Golden Delicious, Winesap, Idared, Fuji, Braeburn, Granny Smith, Gold Rush and Pink Lady.
Hours: Fri-Sun 10:00am – 5:30pm
Fee: $48 for a 20-pound bag for up to 6 people.

Hanks Pumpkintown & Orchard

Address:240 Montauk Hwy. Water Mill, NY 11976
Phone:(631) 726-4667
Varieties: McIntosh, Macoun, Jonagold, Honeycrisp, Empire, Gala, Fuji, Cameo, Mutsu, Suncrisp, Cortland, SnowSweet.
Hours: Only Open Sat-Sun, & School Holidays (9/10, 9/11, 9/19 & 10/8) 9:30am-6pm
Fee: $25 to Pick a 1 Peck Bag (approx. 10lbs of apples), secong bags $5 each

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East Patchogue Street Dedicated in Honor of 9/11 First Responder Mark “Ski” Gajewski 172

On Saturday, August 17th, Supervisor Ed Romaine and Councilman Michael Loguercio officially dedicated a portion of Martha Avenue in East Patchogue as “Mark W. Gajewski Way.”  Mr. Gajewski, a professional welder, was a first responder on 9/11 who selflessly spent 9 months cleaning up at “Ground Zero.” He lost his battle with 9/11-related lung cancer on December 11th, 2017.  Mr.Gajewski, also known as “Ski,” was heralded as a man who spent a lifetime helping others in need.  In 2005, he drove his truck to New Orleans to help in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

Pictured left to right are Assemblyman Joe DeStaphano; Debra Gajewski (wife); Supervisor Ed Romaine; Crystal Gajewski (daughter); Councilman Michael Loguercio; Sean Gajewski (son) and County Legislator Rudy Sunderman.

Supervisor Romaine said, “It’s important that we honor those who exemplify the true spirit of community. Mark Gajewski was an ordinary man who performed extraordinary acts and sacrificed his own life to help others. His family should take pride in knowing how much we all appreciate his courage to do the right thing.”

Councilman Loguercio said, “I was proud to stand among Mark’s family and friends to celebrate his life. We will never forget his courage and determination to make a difference in the lives of so many people. I am thankful for the opportunity to honor his memory and share this day with so many great people.”


The 2019 Perseid Meteor Shower Peaks Tonight, August 12th 356

Although the Perseid Meteor Shower (which began July 17th and last through August 24th) has been producing meteors for the last couple of weeks, tonight the shower is expected produce around 100 meteors per hour. The Perseid meteor shower will peak tonight, Monday, August 12th through tomorrow morning, and many meteors will be visible to Long Islanders.

Perseid meteors are known for being bright, but tonight’s forecast of possible showers and a bright moon is expected to limit visibility for the meteors.

In years with less moonlight the Perseids meteors have been reported at rate of 150-200 meteors an hour. Tonight the Perseids will likely produce about 10-15 visible meteors per hour because of the phase of the moon, which will be nearly full during the showers peak.

Meteors will be visible even under bright suburban skies, but viewers in suburban areas will not be able to see as many shooting stars as those in urban areas or who travel to view the showers.   Lucky for Long Islanders, NYS Parks have announced that they will remain open during the peak.  These locations are optimal for viewing meteor showers as they are often darker and have open areas where you can view large sections of the sky.

Wherever you are viewing the shower it is important to remember to take about 30 minutes to allow your eyes become adjusted to the dark.  Choose an open, dark spot and lay flat to view at as much of the sky as possible.  Try to avoid looking at light sources such as the moon, the horizon or cell phones.  Introducing light to your eyes and looking at bright screens will reduce the number of meteors you may see.

If you have small children, take them out in the evening as you can start looking for Perseids as soon as it gets dark.  The Perseids are more active after midnight and are most active in the hours before dawn. The moon will be setting during the early hours of the morning making the time before dawn the most beneficial for stargazers.

Below is the list of NYS parks that will remain open Monday night through the peak viewing times early Tuesday:

  • Jones Beach State Park – West End II
  • Gov. Alfred E. Smith/Sunken Meadow State Park – Field 3
  • Montauk Point State Park – Upper Parking Lot
  • Wildwood State Park – Main Parking Lot

The normal stargazing permit will not be required and entrance to the parks is free.

Park officials request that visitors stay near their vehicles and suggest to dress appropriately, bring bug spray, and a reclining chair or blanket.


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