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A Pumpkin Farm & Vineyard Adventure

by Naima Sanowar

in Food & Drinks,Kids

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This weekend The Epicurean Man and I planned a fabulous weekend for Karate Boy, we planned a great trip out to Long Island to a pumpkin patch to pick out our pumpkins, as well as to visit a vineyard  for  wine. The Scott family which consisted of Peter Paul, Deneen, Kaya … Justin, Raquel and their adorable son Justin jr.,  joined us on our pumpkin patch and vineyard adventure.  A dear friend of mine Cindy had recommend Paumanok Vineyard to go to, so I went on the Internet and googled a pumpkin patch that was also in the same area. The weather was just beautiful, and  un-seasonably warm for fall, we were so excited to head out-door for a few fall activities.

First stop was Stakey’s Pumpkin Farm, located on the east end of long Island in the scenic town of Aquebogue. The farm is a spacious 26 acre field and the pumpkins are picked right off the vine. There are over 18 different varieties of pumpkins for us to pick from. The town is very picturesque and we all agreed on feeling transported from New York. Driving up to Stakey’s Pumpkin Farm, Karate Boy was so excited and so was everyone else in the car, the first thing we noticed and headed to was the corn maze. A 3 acre corn maze, what an exciting adventure, none of us had ever been in a corn maze before so we were so thrilled. The gang headed in and yes, we got lost. Karate Boy was a bit nervous, making sure we all stayed together, he did not want to loose his mum and dad of course. There were other activities like the bouncy castle, barn of hay and yessssss…. Picking Pumpkins.


We have arrived at Stakey's to pick us some pumpkins

The gang ready ready to hit the corn maze...Yikes!

Karate boy leading us the way out of the corn maze

The Epicurean Man scares non-one

Karate Boy rocks the corn maze

After getting lost, we finally found our way out the corn maze

ahhhh corn

Kaya is not too old to be wheeled around

Bouncy castle fun for Karate Boy

The ultimate fall dessert

yummy apple cider donuts

A moment in the barn of hay

Karate Boy, Kaya and Justin sharing some fun in the barn

The gang picking out the pumpkins

Pumpkins in the pumpkin patch

Daddy helps Karate Boy with pumpkins

Karate Boy picks out a pumpkin for his class

Peter Paul attempts the wheel barrow of pumpkins

The most beautiful pink grass we have ever seen

We nominated The Epicurean Man to give it a good try

The Epicurean Man can make it, yes he can.

The Epicurean Man .... DID IT !!!!!!!!!

After spending a few hours having insane fun picking pumpkins at Stakey’s Pumpkin Farm we were all off to settle down and enjoy some fantastic wine at Paumanok Vineyards. I planned the day to include all of us as a family. Cindy suggested this vineyard since it was family friendly and casual yet beautiful and sexy if you were to also go as a couple. We have been planning for over a year now with the Scott family to go to a vineyard. I was determined to get this trip done before the weather turned cold. The Paumanok Vineyards was everything I expected in a vineyard in the North Fork would look like. The Vineyard mirrored something out of Napa Wine Country, rolling rows of grape vines, sprawling grounds, simply beautiful. Founded in the spring of 1983, the 103 acre estate is entirely owned and managed by Ursula and Charles Massoud and their three sons. Only premium vinifera grapevines are planted, consisting of Chardonnay, Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, Chenin Blanc, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Petit verdot. ” The winery is a renovated turn-of-the-century barn that houses a fermentation tank room and lab. The spacious tasting room was built on top of the barrel cellar. It is surrounded by an inviting deck overlooking the vineyards.”

We have arrived at Paumanok Vineyards

Felt like I was in Napa wine country

There was the most beautiful light in the vineyard

A white rose in the vineyard

The Epicurean Man and Peter Paul headed to the bar to do a tasting on a few wines so they can decide on what bottles to get for us. The rest of us waited on the scenic deck taking in the lovely vineyard that was bathed in such gorgeous light. I took Karate Boy and Kaya down to the vines to take some photographs, after Karate Boy met some boys and and was invited into a soccer game.

Karate Boy was so sweet to pose for me in the vineyard

Beautiful Kaya

The guys came back with their selection a Cabernet Franc,  http://paumanok.com/cabfranc07.html it was a perfect choice, we sipped it and talked about all it’s notes,” black cherry and plum with accents of tobacco, herb and smoke.” It was a lovely sipping wine I thought. The Epicurean Man and I cannot wait to come back again to the Paumanok Vineyards, and spend time tasting more wines and learn  in detail about the Vineyard and wine making.

We finally made it to the vineyards

Paumanok Vineyards

Wine tasting at the bar

The vineyard's wine menu

The Epicurean Man makes the choice for us

Beautiful weather, wine and friends...


Peter-Paul and Deneen share a toast

The gang enjoy a wonderful afternoon at Paumanok vineyards

 It was such a fabulous day in Long island with our friends, it was the ultimate fall adventure, picking pumpkins, eating apple cider donuts, frolicking through a corn maze, ending with a spectacular evening on a beautiful vineyard sipping wine and basking in gorgeous sun-light. The Epicurean Man, Karate Boy and I had a wonderful week-end adventure out in North Fork Wine Country.

My two guys- The Epicurean Man and Karate Boy

Karate Boy basks in the glow of the sun


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Kirstin McKee October 12, 2010 at 9:01 AM

Beautiful light and tones. Gorgeous post!

Naima Sanowar October 12, 2010 at 9:46 AM

Thanks Kirstin,

It was such beautiful light that day.. Alas winter is upon us soon. I shall reflect back to these weekends to keep me motivated.


Gayle October 12, 2010 at 10:15 AM

What a gorgeous day.. looked like fun!
You photos as usual are phenomonal!

Naima Sanowar October 12, 2010 at 10:23 AM

Thanks Gayle,

It was such a gorgeous day and so much fun… Karate Boy proudly handed his teacher the pumpkin he picked from the farm.


Briam Moser October 12, 2010 at 1:25 PM

Wow, it looked like an amazing experience. I hope that you and your family enjoyed yourselves.

I miss you. Dying to see you.

Lots of love,

Naima Sanowar October 12, 2010 at 1:44 PM

I miss you too Briam, let’s plan soon for us to meet up. Also on a Sunday, invite The Epicurean Man , Karate Boy and I over for dinner lol.. For your husband, Christophe’s amazing water-mellon martini’s, or is this out of season lol…


Nicole Commissiong October 12, 2010 at 11:22 PM

Gorgeous pics and a lovely adventure…Cheers!


Naima Sanowar October 12, 2010 at 11:53 PM

Thanks Nicole,

We had a wonderful time, so many fabulous, family friendly adventures close by to take advantage of.


Cindy October 13, 2010 at 3:31 PM

So happy you made it out to Paumanok and Jaden enjoyed himself at the pumpkin patch. I finished a bottle of their Chardonnay last night with some chinese food…it was the perfect combination for that meal. Your pictures and detail are exquisite. I have been going their for more than year and have learned more about the vineyard from your blog!!! You a such a yummy mummy…LOL

Naima Sanowar October 14, 2010 at 12:05 PM

Cindy, thanks for suggesting for us to go to Paumanok Vineyard. it was perfect for us as a family. Chardonnay and chinese food sounds divine together indeed. I tried my best that day to slow down to take some good pictures, glad you liked them..


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