Fall ‘Agri-Tainment’ Means Big Business For LI’s East End Farmers

MATTITUCK, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — People tend to think of Long Island’s East End for its summer fun, but for many local farming communities, Fall is considered the “make-or-break” season when it comes to big profits.

For eight weeks, many Long Island farms open their doors to what is known as the “agri-tainment” industry — offering hay rides, pumpkin picking, apple picking and more autumn fun, WCBS 880’s Mike Xirinachs reported.

“Everybody comes out here for the pumpkins, the apples, the corn maze, you know, haunted houses that are around here,” Jason Rockcamp, owner of Fox Hollow Farm in Baiting Hollow, said. “It’s six weeks, eight weeks of ‘do as much as you can.'” 

For Harbes Farm, a North Fork staple offering wine tastings, children’s activities and their signature large-scale corn maze — business booms in October.

“It constitutes almost 80 percent of whatever we’re going to make,” Monica Harbes. “So it’s incredibly important.”

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