Milk Pail U-Pick Farm

50 Horsemill Lane
Water Mill, NY 11976


About Us:

Apples have been a staple in the American diet since the settlers first landed at Plymouth Rock. They brought apple seeds, saplings and cuttings with them to establish orchards in the New World. In the 1640s the Halsey family began farming in the Water Mill and Bridgehampton area known as Mecox, named for beautiful Mecox Bay. Today, the owners and founders of The Milk Pail Fresh Market & U-Pick, John and Evelyn Halsey, along with their daughters Amy and Jennifer, are the 11th and 12th generation of Halseys carrying on a farming tradition that began more than 350 years ago. Their family farm and orchard is located on the shores of the same Mecox Bay that attracted the first Halsey settlers.

The Milk Pail Fresh Market began more than 30 years ago. John learned about farming growing up on his father's Mecox potato farm while Evelyn got her first taste for apple growing from her parents' apple orchard in Vermont. In 1969 they began a tiny retail store to market their vegetables and sell the milk produced by their cows. They named the store The Milk Pail, since milk was their main product at the time. The following spring they planted their apple orchard and have been perfecting and adding award-winning varieties ever since.


On Horsemill Lane off of Mecox Road. Our Orchards and Fields are on the RIGHT (inside the fence).

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