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Celebrating 30 Years!

The Harbes have been farming on Long Island for over 13 generations and over the years have evolved into a North Fork destination where families can enjoy anything from our fresh picked corn to our award-winning wines. July 2019 marks the 30th season since the founding of Harbes Family Farm. We welcome you to enjoy this informative anniversary video.

The harbes family story

While the Harbes have been farming for 13 generations dating back to origins in Europe, we have been farming the fertile soils of Long Island ‘s Hempstead area since the 1920s and moving to the East end in the ’60s as the Long Island Expressway was through our farm.

It was here on the North Fork in 1978 that a fruitful journey began as two high school sweethearts (Ed & Monica Harbes) married young and started a new life on the family farm in Mattituck. Ed worked with his father, becoming the 12th generation of farmers as he strove to provide for his ever-growing family with the potato and cabbage farming business. Monica devoted her time to homemaking and motherhood, helping on the farm when time permitted (which wasn’t too often since they have eight children).

In 1989, Ed planted a new type of Super Sweet Corn, built a 14′ by 14’ gazebo and started retailing corn and tomatoes with the salesmanship of their ten-year-old son, Jason. They were humble beginnings to be sure, but the public has been kind to them and over the years their business has grown.

Growing Memories

One season Ed Harbes happened to grow pumpkins by the farmstand. Even though there was a large wagon of them pre-picked for purchase, customers noticed the pumpkins growing nearby and asked if they could pick their own. Initially, he disliked the idea of allowing people into the field when there was a large supply ready for purchase. After saying no many times, it dawned on him that people not only wanted the product but they also wanted an enjoyable harvest experience for themselves. This realization inspired him to later offer other enjoyable country experiences; such as hayrides, corn mazes, and ready-to-eat roasted sweet corn.

As the years passed, more and more families began to visit for genuine farm experiences and agritainment. The corn mazes became more elaborate with costumed actors adding to the fun. Musical entertainment could be found performing on weekends and holidays. A singer was added to improve the hayride experience by singing songs and offering a guided tour of the Mattituck location. The Barnyard Adventure area was later introduced to create a space where people could have enjoyable interactive farm experiences. Visitors to the Barnyard can enjoy wide open spaces, farm animals, weekend pig races, children’s activities, such as sack races and tug-of-war, general fun and games and, of course, the overall family-friendly atmosphere.

30 years later Harbes has expanded to three locations. Each location is built on the simple premise of offering country fun for everyone. Harbes Farms have created a lasting legacy of memories for countless families and the Harbes Family hopes to continue this tradition for many decades to come.

Good Stewardship

We are proud to have been the first certified sustainable vineyard on Long Island and continue to use environmentally responsible farming methods.

  • We’re committed to protecting agricultural land and preserving our family legacy and heritage as farmers. We use environmentally responsible farming methods in all of our farming practices.
  • We use locally sourced compost to enrich and protect the soil quality which minimizes the need for fertilizer.
  • We perform crop-rotation and cover cropping which is a method of replenishing the soil’s nutrients and preventing the depletion of the soil’s nutrients.
  • We utilize reduced tillage farming practices that preserves soil quality, reduces the need for crop inputs and minimizes water runoff. To date, we have put over 50 acres into conservation easement which ensures that this land will remain undeveloped.
  • We work closely with Cornell University’s integrated pest management system to grow fresh and healthy produce with a minimum of inputs.
  • Each year we continue to make strides towards greater stewardship of our precious resources. Thank you for the opportunity to share our agricultural heritage with you.

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  • GIVEAWAY! 🚨 In honor of our 30th anniversary, we’re giving away LIFETIME Barnyard Adventure Season Passes! Check out the link in our bio for submission rules. Enter today for your chance to come to the Barnyard for life! 🎉
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  • Harbes Annual Sweet Corn Festival is this weekend!🌽 This year we’ll be celebrating the 30th Anniversary of Harbes Family Farm during our festival. Join us for corn eating contests, corn fun and games, live music, and special surprises! Don’t miss it! 😀
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  • Swing in to the barnyard for some summer fun! Open today 10-7 ☀️ .
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  • It’s National French Fry Day, which means seasoned fries here at Harbes Family Farm! 🍟 Come celebrate with our delicious fries all weekend long. Available at the Harbes Kitchen. Farmstand open 9-7 today. Fries available after 11.
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  • FLASHBACK FRIDAY
As we near our 30th Anniversary Super Sweet Corn Festival, we are reminiscing on the 25th celebration five years ago when the Harbes Family was featured in an article by the Northforker. 🚜 As in the past, Ed Harbes Sr. will be around both days next weekend to talk about the farm! Don't miss his story on the Singing Hayride Tours next weekend, and a chance to learn something new about the farm and the North Fork. 🌽 
Find the link on our Facebook Page (@harbesfamilyfarm) or type the following link into your browser: https://tinyurl.com/y3sfootu
PS: Don't miss the Sweet Corn Festival, July 20-21!
Harbes Family photo from the 2014 Northforker article.
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  • Join us for another Fun Friday at Harbes Family Farm! In the Barnyard, there’ll be Pig Races, Singing Hayrides, our NEW Summer Sing-Alongs, and lots more fun 🐷🎤 Barnyard open 10-7 Friday, Saturday & Sunday! .
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