Mattituck, New York
In 1978, high school sweethearts, Ed and Monica Harbes, married young and started a new life on the family farm in Mattituck, on the North Fork of Long Island. The family business was primarilty based on potatoes and cabbage at the time, but in the 1980's the Harbes decided to change focus, planting super sweet corn and opening up a 14'x14' gazebo as their farm stand. This turned out to be a fortuitous choice, as today the Harbes Family Farm's corn and other produce is so highly regarded that they've been voted Best Farmstand by local media outlets like Dan's Papers and News 12 Long Island. Perhaps the most convincing accolade, however, is the line of cars snaking down Sound Avenue and into their parking lot on hazy summer days.
"If you pick at the right stage, and get the corn to the consumer quickly, there is a discernable taste difference," says Ed. The farm is best known for the Super Sweet Corn they grow each season, but their tomatoes and pumpkins are also popular."