During the month of October, Fairview Tree Farm breaks out into Halloween-inspired atmosphere for hayrides. The nursery and farm welcomes guests for a series of spooky nights spent riding across a 1.5-mile route as spooky decorations and creatures attempt to rattle riders. Concessions are available before and after the ride, allowing customers to forget about their fear or their spilt candy corn with hot dogs, popcorn, and hot chocolate.
From tree removal and snow plowing to pressure washing and concrete work, Q's Reliable Lawn Service keeps residential and commercial landscapes looking sharp. The Q's staff work closely with clients to turn dream landscapes into reality, and their alliances with architects, horticulturists, and local business partners enrich every major project with added expertise. Q's Reliable Lawn Service also uses organic lawncare practices to ensure it remains chummy with the environment.
Helmed by accredited nursery professional and certified landscape and garden consultant Jessica Carroll, Jessica's Garden caters to plant-happy patrons with a seasonal selection of greenery. Import a plot of fragrant lavender blossoms ($5.99), or spruce up quicksand traps with the desert-dwelling Red Beauty succulent ($3.99).
Whether landscaping a private pond or ushering patrons through its greenhouse, the Samolewski family doesn’t mind getting its green thumbs dirty. At the Greenland Family Farms nursery, the family and its staff unveil a vivid landscape of trees, bushes, and colorful perennials that guests can pluck and plant on their own property. Patrons can also beckon Greenland’s staff to their houses to perform landscaping services, add fish to their ponds, or chop down enormous beanstalks that angry giants can climb down.
Harbes Western Farm started in 1978, when newlyweds Ed and Monica Harbes bought some land and began growing potatoes and cabbages to support their family. Ed, a 13th-generation farmer, worked with his father to get the business up and running. As the years passed, the couple's children started to work on the farm as well. Eventually, all the family's tomatoes, sweet corn, and growing brood of scarecrows outgrew their original plot of land, and the family expanded into three separate locations—which Ed and Monica's eight children still operate.
As the Harbes plow and harvest the fields, visitors at each location can stock up on fresh produce and participate in seasonal activities. An 6-acre Wild West corn maze draws visitors to Jamesport farm, whereas at Riverhead farm, the fall season brings opportunities to pick apples and pumpkins. Another 5-acre Robin Hood-themed corn maze entertains the masses while a spooky moonlight corn maze cast spells of fall splendor. Visitors to the Mattituck location—the largest farm—can shop for fresh produce in the market or relax in the wine-tasting barn. Amid its warming and inviting wood walls, servers pour selections from Harbes Family Farm & Vineyard's award-winning wines, which Winemaker Ed Harbes IV creates using his vineyard's vinifera clones.
But as much as the Harbes family loves food and wine, it also devotes a large portion of time to environmental preservation. The farmers use locally sourced compost to reduce to need for commercial fertilizer, and as of 2012, they have placed more than 50 acres into conservation easement, ensuring that the land is never developed or used to grow an army of giant brussels sprouts.
Founded in 2001 by two green-thumbed environmental enthusiasts, Garden of Eve shepherds hundreds of varieties of plants and produce from the earth to home gardens and tummies. The garden center raises perennial flowers ($6.99), herbs, and vegetable sprouts ($3.50) from seedlings in a loving environment, instilling each plant with a quiet confidence and the ability to resist the urge to choke out other foliage. Expert staff help greenhorns choose proper plantings for their ecosystem of choice and navigate a rich selection of annual flower flats ($10.99), hanging baskets, and other forms of florification.