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$9 for Admission for Two to Barnyard Adventure (Up to $19.90 Value)
The Barnyard Adventure at Harbes Family Farm & Vineyard's Mattituck location invites guests to partake in classic fall activities. Visitors can jump in the hay, stomp through a secret garden-themed hedge maze, and pet animals including cows, goats, and sheep in the petting farm. On weekends, educational and entertaining hayrides take passengers on scenic trips across the farm, and pig races decide which animal gets a sneaker sponsorship. Pedal cart tracks, a bee observatory, barnyard bounce house, and goat mountain round out a slew of activities. Harbes Family Farm & Vineyard admits children aged 2 and younger for free.
Harbes Family Farm & Vineyard's rates fluctuate throughout the week.
Harbes Western Farm
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.