5 things to eat on the North Fork this summer

The lobster roll at Crabby Jerry’s. (Claudio’s courtesy photo)

Sour cherries picked off the tree, gooey ice cream sandwiches, bottles of pale ale— summer is the time to fill your diet with delectable North Fork treats.

But as much as we want to pretend the end of summer isn’t coming, the days are getting shorter and with them the chance to savor some of our favorite seasonal foods.

Here are 5 things to eat and before summer ends.  

Corn Custard from Harbes Family Farm

Harbes Sweet Corn Custard
(Credit: Monique Singh-Roy)

Cancel your weekend plans and get to Harbes Family Farm in Mattituck for a cup of corn ice cream. Owner Ed Harbes created the recipe for this farm-to-cone treat. It’s got that grilled, drizzled in butter sweet corn taste in a creamy custard form. Look for it late July through October.

Fresh local fruit

Cherries at Wickham’s Fruit Farm in Cutchogue. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

Berry season is the best season. Have you spent the summer stuffing yourself with fresh strawberries followed by raspberries and now cherries? No judgment here — just don’t forget try them in a pie, too. Country View Farm Stand’s lattice game is on pointe. The Southold farm stand stuffs homemade crust with various fruit fillings. And Blue Duck Bakery offers a seasonal sour cherry pie that you’ll dream about for the rest of the year.

As many lobster rolls as you can eat

The lobster roll at Crabby Jerry’s. (Claudio’s courtesy photo)

Whether you prefer Maine style — cold lobster meat tossed with mayo — or Connecticut — hot lobster meat with butter — there really is no such thing as having too many North Fork lobster rolls.

Love Lane Kitchen in Mattituck has their own version that features house-made lobster salad served on buttered brioche roll with aside of garlic herb fries. Crabby Jerry’s in Greenport offers both Connecticut and Maine styles while the North Fork Food Truck in Southold puts a twist on the classic: lobster meat with a lemon-tarragon aioli served on a brioche roll.

The ultimate clambake

Braun Seafood Co. seafood boat.

Gather your friends for one last hurrah before the end of the summer at a clambake. Pick up your favorite ingredients from a seafood market such as Braun’s in Cutchogue (we love their seafood boat).  Pair you main with fresh summer vegetables and some local beer. It’s the unfussy, delicious way to say goodbye to the season.

Glasses of rosé

Croteaux Vineyards rosé (Credit: Krysten Massa)

I fully support drinking rosé year round, but simply put, summer isn’t complete without the pink drink. There are great North Fork vintages to sip before the end of summer from local wineries like Bridge Lane, Macari and Croteaux.