Farms are a wonderful resource to teach children about the connection between the food they eat and where its grown. They will see what foods look like “whole” and will learn to identify many varieties of food. Farms can educate children about various animals, including what they look like, sound like, and what they like to eat. We have rounded up a few of our favorite Long Island farms that we feel are not only educational, but also a lot of fun for the whole family!
Jamesport - Golden Earthworm Organic Farm
With a wide variety of fresh fruits and vegetables, this farm is certified organic. A country store sells the food they grow as well as homemade jellies, organic baked goods, and local honey. They also sell other hard to find packaged organic foods and are great resource for those looking for more information about the SLOW movement (Seasonal, Local, Organic, Whole). The Golden Earthworm is also a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) participating farm. They house many different animals, which visitors are welcome to pet and feed. They have a sandbox and a host of toys to play with. The farm also features a flower house filled with garden treasures, gift items, flats of flowers, herbs and hanging baskets. Events include: Hayride tours, animal shearing, live music, story telling, games, and cooking demos. They also host a Fall Festival and a one-day U-Pick Strawberry Festival.
Hours: Friday and Saturday 9 am-5 pm, scheduled to open at the end of May.
Where: 652 Peconic Bay Blvd, Jamesport, NY
Contact Info: 631-722-3302
Mattituck – Harbes Family Farm
With a wide variety of fresh picked fruits and veggies, Harbes’ three farm locations makes it convenient to shop the “farm fresh” experience. From baked goods, honey, and even a vineyard, Harbes farms has a little something for everyone. Their Mattituck location hosts many family actvities from pig races to pony rides, ensuring that kids can really enjoy their visit to the farm. There are plenty of animals to see, feed, and learn about. The staff is super friendly, knowledgeable and wants participants to leave learning a thing or two. Harbes has a fresh bake shop and cafe as well as a fully stocked farm stand with fresh homegrown veggies and fruits (including their famous corn!). They also carry plants and flowers too. The Farm hosts “pick your own” berries or pumpkins and has a season-long fall festival. Harbes features a milking station, a honey bee observatory, a corn “crib,” tons of games, races, and even a little farmer’s play land. The older kids and adults will love their pedal cart races.
Hours: Daily 9 am-6 pm
Where: 715 Sound Ave, Mattituck, NY
Contact Info: 631-298-0800
Melville - White Post Farms
With a huge indoor market offering a bevy of homemade foods made with freshly picked ingredients as well as fully stocked aisles of canned, jarred, and baked goods, White Post Farms is not an ordinary farm stand. With a much more commercial feel to it, White Post Farms is known as one of Long Island’s premier birthday party and fall festival spots. Children will be able to feed a goat, hold an exotic bird, take a pony ride as well as build a sand castle and play in the indoor/outdoor playground. With a huge indoor and outdoor petting zoo, games, holiday festivities, inflatables, and various entertainment for the children, White Post Farms always has a lot to offer. In addition to fresh fruits and veggies and a host of baked goods, visitors can take a walk through its spacious nursery filled with beautiful hanging plants, flats, potted plants, and herbs. White Post Farms is known for its customer service and family friendly atmosphere.
Hours: Petting Zoo: Daily 10 am-5 pm (admission fee), Farm Stand/Market: M-F 9 am-6:30 pm and weekends 9 am-6:00 pm, Garden Center: M-F 9:30 am-6:30 pm and weekends 9 am-6 pm (NOW OPEN)
Where: 250 Old Country Rd., Melville, NY
Contact Info: 631-351-9373
Setauket – Benner’s Farm
Looking for a unique experience? Visit Brenner’s Farm. This is a fully equipped, real working farm complete with organic veggies, fruits, and a wide host of animals. The Benner Family Farm has been in operation for over three hundred years. They raise animals for self-sufficient living, sell their own honey, jams, jellies, and fresh eggs. They are fully knowledgeable and helpful in every aspect of “living off the land” from sustainable farming to sheering wool animals and making clothing. Benner’s is open to the public and also offers a wide variety of classes from Mommy and Me to scout field trips as well as day courses, camps, and birthday parties.
Hours: Varies, please call ahead
Where: Southeast of 25A and Northwest of 347 off Old Town Rd, Seatuket, NY
Contact Info: 631-689-8172
By Michelle S.