One of the reasons I love living is Boston is that you can get just about anywhere from here. In an hour or so you can be at the beaches on Cape Cod or the Islands, you can settle into the base of a mountain in Vermont, or you can walk the rocky shores of Maine. As a city family, we love that just a short drive away is our local organic farm share, wonderful Massachusetts Audubon farms, and smaller suburban farms as well. What I didn’t remember is that just a 2 hour drive from Boston is a wonderful little ferry that can take you to Long Island. On a recent trip to visit the North Fork region I was able to visit Kontokosta Winery and Bedell Cellars, as well as the wonderful, family-friendly Harbes Family Farm.
The farm includes a farm stand, barnyard adventure area with plenty to keep the children (and parents) entertained for the day, a wine tasting barn, and animals of all sorts.
Locally, we can spend a day at Drumlin farm and even though the children are older now, they still enjoy spending a good amount of time digging in the dirt. At Harbes Family Farm they have two huge sand boxes filled with trucks and toys. I think even my husband might be found playing with the trucks in the sand in that setting. There is a little bit of everything from sand boxes, to the three little pigs, bicycle tractor races around a track, a secret garden maze and so much more. For our family, a farm like this is our version of Disneyland.
During the growing season you can get fresh roasted sweet corn on the cob to enjoy for a farm fresh snack or if you have a little bit of a sweeter tooth there are fresh baked cider donuts and plenty of other goodies to enjoy for breakfast, lunch or dinner at the farm stand. Harbes Family Farm hosted us on this opening day. It was wonderful to see the farm wake up from winter and imagine what a nice summer’s day with the family on the farm will be like.
Harbes Family Farm
715 Sound Ave, Mattituck, NY 11952
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