Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York By Michael BakshandehAs summer leads to autumn and leaves change color, the orchards of Long Island welcome the return of apple-picking season because their sweet, delicious bounty has ripened to fruity perfection. In celebration of the harvest, 10DC local growers that open their farms to the eager pick-your-own-apples crowd also host activities ranging from corn mazes to wagon rides that make for lifelong family friendly memories. And what’s not to love about delectable apple cider, savory caramel apples or good old-fashioned apple pie?What follows is our annual list of must-see apple picking orchards to visit this fall. Apple picking on Long Island couldn’t look better this year, but remember always to call ahead and make sure these popular orchards haven’t already been picked clean! You want to go out on a limb for something, not nothing.Davis Peach FarmHulse Landing Rd., Wading River. 631-929-1115. Call for times.This orchard doesn’t just have peaches, they also open their farm to annual apple picking, not to mention all the other fruits and vegetables available at their farm stand. They expect to open for apple picking season on Saturday, Sept. 3, but anticipate being picked clean by the end of the month, so act fast!Fort Salonga Farm30 Meadow Glen Rd., Northport. 631-269-9666. fortsalongafarm.com $20 per bushel. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Friday-Sunday.These growers are well-known not only for their apple varieties, but also for their delicious raspberries. This farm has “dwarfed” apple trees in which apples sit only 18 inches from the ground, the ideal size for the little ones to join in on the fun. Fort Salonga is a small orchard, and as a result, will sometimes close temporarily when there is no ripe fruit, so call in advance. This orchard has Paula Red and Akane available as of Aug. 26, and Fuji apples ready to pick in October.Harbes Family Farm and Orchard5698 Sound Ave., Riverhead. 631-369-1111. harbesfamilyfarm.com $8. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. every weekend in September and October.This 15-acre orchard’s apples are low enough for even the littlest pickers to reach. They open to apple pickers on Saturday, Sept. 3. The farm also has a handy apple-ripening schedule detailing when their two dozen varieties are available here. While you’re at their farm stand, don’t forget to try their wines, apple turnovers and homemade apple-cider donuts!Lewin Farms812 Sound Ave., Calverton. 631 929-4327. lewinfarm.com 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. daily, except Tuesday.These farmers expect their apples to be available to pick from late August through October, but they encourage pickers to call or visit their website first. The farm is also open to self-picking a large selection of other crops, including raspberries, peaches, peppers, eggplants and pumpkins. Their magnificent 5-acre corn maze is redesigned every year to challenge even their repeat customers.MORE: Long Island Farmers’ Markets 2016Milk-Pail Farm and Orchard1346 Montauk Hwy., Watermill. milk-pail.com $47 per 20-lb. bag. 9:30 a.m. -5: 30 p.m. Monday, Wednesday-Saturday. 10 a.m.-5: 30 p.m. Sunday.This orchard kicks off their apple-picking season on Saturday, Sept. 3. The farm’s variety of “dwarf” apple trees allows kids of all ages to pick apples without difficulty. The Milk-Pail Farm also offers pick-your-own pumpkins with gourds ranging in size. Don’t forget to check out their fresh market, where they serve their famous apple cider!Seven Ponds Orchard65 Seven Ponds Rd., Watermill. 631 726-8015 facebook.com/Seven-Ponds-Orchard 9 a.m.-6 p.m. daily through Thanksgiving.Besides apples, Seven Pounds Orchard is an entirely you-pick farm with berries and vegetables. Ginger Gold and Red Free apples opened for picking Aug. 21, and Red Delicious, Macintosh and Honey Crisp are expected in September, plus Granny Smith in November. The kids will be entertained for hours with a hayride, corn maze and toy land!The Apple Orchard at Hank’s Pumpkintown240 Montauk Hwy., Watermill. 631-726-4667. hankspumpkintown.com $23 per 10-lb. bag. 9:30-6 p.m. Saturdays, Sundays and Columbus Day.Hank’s Pumpkintown has it all. Here, visitors can pick pumpkins, berries and 14 varieties of apples available from early September through late October. In addition, visitors can also get lost in a corn maze, ride a corn train, milk a cow, watch a duck race, and enjoy much more. Plus, their farm stand sells fresh-baked pies, cookies, cup cakes, candy apples, apple cider donuts and lots more! See their apple ripeness schedule here.Wickham’s Fruit Farm28700 Main Rd., Cutchogue. 631-734-6441. wickhamsfruitfarm.com 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays.Wickham’s fruit is grown on some of the oldest cultivated land in the country, dating back to 1661. Besides apples, their you-pick farm lets families harvest strawberries, raspberries, cherries, blueberries, peaches and pumpkins. Wickham’s also has Long Island’s oldest cider press, delicious baked goods—including apple cider donuts—specialty cheeses as well as homemade pies and jams. The apples are available in September and October.MORE: 43 Fun Things To Do With Your Kids On Long IslandWindy Acres Farm3810 Middle Country Rd., Calverton. 631-727-4554. facebook.com/Windy-Acres-Farm 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Sunday.This family farm boasts a fantastic apple selection as well as other fruits and vegetables. Known to be a great place to get all your local produce needs, Windy Acres also has fresh baked pies and hot apple cider donuts. They also have a playground and a tractor ride for the kids.Woodside OrchardsAquebogue: Route 25; Jamesport: Manor Lane. 631-722-5770. woodsideorchards.com $15 per peck, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily at Aquebogue location; same time on Saturday and Sunday at Jamesport location.Woodside Orchards has nearly 30 varieties of apples, including some that even regular apple aficionados may not have heard of. The orchard’s dwarf trees allow apple pickers of all sizes to avoid struggling for those annoyingly hard-to-reach apples. Besides the apples, they also offer delicious local honey, baked goods and the only full-time hard cidery on Long Island. Both locations are open for you-pick apples from Sept. 17 through October while supplies last.
A black man was shot seven times in the back by Kenosha, Wisconsin police in front of his three children who were inside his SUV.”I’m pretty sure Jacob’s kids were more traumatized than anybody during the whole situation.” Raysean White saw Jacob Blake and his children on Sunday, when he recorded Blake being shot multiple times by police while Blake’s three children were in a car. https://t.co/WtXaOAcq2P— CNN (@CNN) August 25, 2020 Jacob Blake had an arrest warrant out for rape and domestic abuse pic.twitter.com/t8g2OtZby1— Jack Posobiec (@JackPosobiec) August 25, 2020 Police shot 29 year-old Jacob Blake as he walked away from them and attempted to reach into his SUV.Blake was reportedly trying to break up a domestic dispute between two women when police were called.Shortly after the shooting, large crowds arrived near the scene in protest.An overnight curfew was disregarded as protests flared up sparking looting and arson.More than 150 national guardsmen were called in to help police control the unrest.The officers involved have been pleased on administrative leave and Blake remains hospitalized in serious but stable condition.New footage shows Jacob Blake brawling with cops before being shot https://t.co/gsSuFtn2Je— Jack Posobiec (@JackPosobiec) August 25, 2020
A new era of hockey falls upon the Kohl Center Friday night as the No. 17 Wisconsin men’s hockey team opens the inaugural Big Ten conference at home with a matchup against hockey newcomer Penn State.“We have something that we are excited about. Hopefully we will get our first Big Ten win and be back home here for a while,” senior forward Mark Zengerle said.The Badgers (4-5-1, 0-2 Big Ten) will be looking to pick up that first set of wins in the conference after falling to No. 1 Minnesota (11-2-1, 2-0 Big Ten) on the road last weekend in back-to-back games of the B1G’s inaugural series. Follow a 4-1 loss Friday — despite taking an early 1-0 lead — the Badgers returned to the ice Saturday only to find a heartbreaking 4-3 loss in the final seconds of regulation.“We did more good things than poor things,” head coach Mike Eaves said. “We weren’t in our zone very much. We did a lot of good things but we got beat by our mistakes.”Though losses are never taken lightly, especially against the team’s biggest rival, Eaves was especially pleased with the pace his team skated at for the 120 minutes of ice time across the border. He believes that, alongside eliminating the fatal mistakes, maintaining that pace will be the key to Wisconsin victories moving forward.“Hopefully we will be able to play at the same speed and pace that we did and execution other than those four mistakes,” Eaves said. “If you can play with that same speed and pace that we did last weekend at Mariucci [Arena], that is top-level hockey and that is where we want to be.”Eager to get back on the ice to avenge their losses, the Badgers will play on back-to-back weekends for the first time since their opening two series’ of the season back in the middle of October. Having to maintain focus in a peculiar week-on week-off schedule with three bye-weeks has been a challenge both players and coaches have acknowledged.Now, with the recent losses, the Badgers are more ready than ever get back on the ice and collect a pair of wins.“A lot of guys are looking forward to it, especially after last weekend with the couple of losses. You get to go back out and try to get a couple of wins. It’s fun to have something to play for,” junior goaltender Landon Peterson said. “This first half is coming to an end, and I think a couple of big wins especially in the Big Ten is huge. Two wins is a big deal for us.”Aiding UW in its preparation for the Nittany Lions (3-7-1, 0-0 Big Ten) is a not too distant memory of the first time Penn State rolled into Madison last year. Riding a momentous win against the Gophers at the Hockey City Classic, the Badgers entered their first-ever series with the newly-formed Penn State hockey team, soundly winning 5-0 in game one.But a different fate fell upon UW as it saw a 2-0 lead fall to force an overtime period, eventually losing 4-3 to close out the season at the Kohl Center.“That was a pretty emotional killer for us last year. We ended up turning it around in the end but yeah the feelings we had after that game were pretty bummer-like,” Zengerle said. “We definitely don’t want to have that repeated.”Penn State will debut in the B1G conference this weekend after a mediocre start to its second season as a Division I program. Opening with a 3-3-1 record, the Nittany Lions have dropped four-straight games against then-No. 13 Massachusetts-Lowell and then-15 Union.Returning are most of their key players, including goaltender Matthew Skoff and redshirt junior forward Taylor Holstrom, who recorded two goals against UW last season including the game-winner in overtime.Under the direction of head coach Guy Gadowsky, Penn State finished its first Division I season with a near-. 500 record and went 3-2 against its new B1G opponents, splitting series’ with UW and Michigan State and trouncing Ohio State in a single-game meeting.“They shoot from everywhere. They play a simple solid game and can rely on their goaltending to make saves when they need them,” Eaves said. “It will be very similar to last year.”Skoff and the PSU defensemen will be warding off a UW offense that averages three goals-per-game this season, led by a deep and experienced offense. Led by a strong upperclassman core of senior forwards Michel Mersch, Tyler Barnes and Zengerle and junior defenseman Jake McCabe, the veteran Badgers account for 43 percents of the team’s scores and nearly half of all assists this season.Last Saturday, Zengerle recorded his 100th career assist for UW. He will carry the accomplishment into the weekend as momentum, looking to even translate a few of those goal-making opportunities to scores of his own, having notched just one goal so far this season.“It was nice… I’ve got to start shooting the puck more and scoring some goals but it was cool,” Zengerle said. “It just shows how many good players have come through here in my past few years.”The Badgers and Nittany Lions will face off at 7 p.m. Friday and 8 p.m. Saturday at the Kohl Center.