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Apple Picking a Ripe Tradition at Suffolk County Farm

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Nothing says autumn quite like apple picking and it's certainly a fun way for families to spend time outdoors especially out east in Water Mill, Suffolk County. NY1's Jon Weinstein filed the following report.

The Milk Pail is more than 60 acres and what feels like endless rows of apple trees on the East End of Long Island. Jennifer Dupree runs the farm and it has been in her family since the 1600's.

"A lot of people like the fact that it's fresh and they get to see where their food is grown, and talk to the grower. It's fun. It's an exciting outdoor adventure," says Dupree.

As fall officially begins, this is when apple picking season kicks into high gear. The Milk-Pail has pumpkin picking too. But there's something about coming out to pick apples straight from the tree that seems to be a lure for families from all over here, about a two hour drive from Manhattan.

"It's just a wonderful family activity and I have big kids, my kids are in their 20's and they've been coming here since they were 5," says one parent.

"Great day to spend with the family and enjoying the outside before the winter comes," says another parent.

If you think growing apples is simple, think again. There are more than 30 different varieties of apples at the farm and even new innovations.

"We also have put in the two new New York varieties that are out of Cornell, Ruby Frost and Snap Dragon. They're a new hot item coming out and we also have the Famous Honeycrisp," says Dupree.

Believe it or not, apple picking can be educational too.

"We want to show the kids where the fruit grows and they say it's the freshest fruit they've ever tasted, so they love how juicy it tastes, anything that will get them to eat more fruit is good," says one parent.

But really this is just about finding a fun fall activity that the whole family can enjoy. And sometimes kids can find the best way to sum something up.

"You can feel the nature and also make apple pie and pumpkin pie," says one youngster.

The U-Pick is open at least through the end of October.

For more information, milk-pail.com.

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