A Fall Day in the Hamptons
About an hour and a half from Manhattan in Suffolk county sits the ultimate pick your own farm: Seven Ponds Orchard (631-726-8015) in Water Mill, NY. Rows and rows of apples, pumpkins, corn, peas, beans, blackberries, raspberries and wild flowers await! They even have radio flyer wagons available to hull around your produce- or children.
Seven Ponds was a dream! The orchard has rows and rows of 14 different kinds of apples and the lushest, coziest grass I've ever luxuriated in. The trees are a shorter variety so kids can pick apples more easily (too cute! but it's true, the picking is the best part).
Although advised not to eat straight from the trees, I think I gave my stomach the test of time and ate about 8 unwashed apples and raspberries throughout the day. My favorites were kinds I'd never even heard of- Fuji, Ginger Gold and Honey Crisp. Not your garden variety McIntosh! The apples/general apple picking experience was great. At .19 a pound, you really can't go wrong. They have the cutest bags in three sizes- 1/4 peck, 1/2 peck and a peck. The berries on the other hand, well I just gave up. A container is .99, and after thirty minutes I hadn't even filled the box a quarter of the way.
Talk about a day of extremes- New York City to the farm to the beach, all in a matter of a few hours. Sounds like perfection to me.
Seven Ponds Orchard,
(HOURS: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily July-November)
65 Seven Ponds Rd.,
Water Mill, NY 11976-2308