5 North Fork farms offering local meat

Deep Roots Farm in Southold. (Credit: vera Chinese, file photo)

Deep Roots Farm in Southold. (Credit: northforker file photo)

If you enjoyed reading about the farm-to-butcher shop at 8 Hands Farm in Cutchogue in the inaugural issue of northforker magazine, know that there are several options for purchasing local meat and eggs.

Remember that when you buy directly from the farmer, you can usually see for yourself if the animals are humanely raised without the use of artificial hormones or prophylactic antibiotics. You also cut out the middle man and help make North Fork farming sustainable.

And many would say it just tastes better.

Here are five North Fork farms, including 8 Hands, offering local meat.

Browder’s Birds

Eggs from Browder's Birds in Mattituck. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

Eggs from Browder’s Birds in Mattituck. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

Organic poultry farm offering whole chickens, homemade mayonnaise unparalleled eggs and more.

Find their offerings at the farm stand on weekends or at the weekly Riverhead Farmer’s Market on Saturdays.

Their eggs are also available at Fork and Anchor in East Marion, Sang Lee Farms in Peconic, Lombardi’s Love Lane Market in Mattituck and Goodfood., also in Mattituck.

4050 Soundview Avenue, Mattituck (631) 477-6523, browdersbirds.com

Deep Roots Farm

Thomas Hart packing produce for CSA members at Deep Roots Farm in Southold. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch, file photo)

Thomas Hart packing produce for CSA members at Deep Roots Farm in Southold. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch, file photo)

Chicken, pork, vegetables and eggs. Available by special order or a limited selection is available at the self-serve farm stand. Email farmer Tom Hart at deeprootsnofo@gmail.com to get on their mailing list.

57685 Main Road, Southold (631) 745-7928 facebook.com/deeprootsli

Feisty Acres Farm

Abra Morawiec feeds her brood at Feisty Acres Farm in Jamesport. (Credit: Emily Greenberg)

Abra Morawiec feeds her brood at Feisty Acres Farm in Jamesport. (Credit: Emily Greenberg)

Organic quail and quail eggs. In 2017 the farm will also offer French guinea hens, chukar partridges and bourbon red turkeys. Available at the Jamesport farm and at Sang Lee Farms in Peconic.

211 Manor Lane, Jamesport, feistyacresfarm@gmail.com, feistyacres.com

Goodale Farms

The kids at Goodale Farms in Aquebogue. (Credit: Krysten Massa)

The kids at Goodale Farms in Aquebogue. (Credit: Krysten Massa)

Pasteurized cow’s and goat’s milk, cheese, eggs, pickles, pork, beef, in-season produce and more.

A bonus: the animals are on display and ready for a photo op with the kids. The self-serve farm stand is open most days. They are also at the Riverhead Farmer’s Market.

250 Main Road, Riverhead (631) 901-5975, goodalefarms.com

8 Hands Farm

A Tamworth pig and Icelandic sheep at 8 Hands Farm in Cutchogue. (Credit: Randee Daddona, file photo)

A Tamworth pig and Icelandic sheep at 8 Hands Farm in Cutchogue. (Credit: Randee Daddona, file photo)

A wide variety of frozen cuts of lamb and pastured pork (including charcuterie); organic pastured eggs; housemade soups, prix-fixe dinners, and ready-to-eat or simple-to-prepare items such as quiches, fresh pastas, and meatballs); fleece yarn and knitted items; seasonal vegetables from the kitchen garden.

4735 Cox Lane, Cutchogue, 8handsfarm.com

A version of this story was originally published in northforker magazine

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