11/16/17 6:08am

To our readers:

I’m one of those weirdos who is gunning to put up the Christmas tree as soon as Halloween is over. Bring up the plastic pumpkins and bring down the ornaments I say! Embrace the seasonal creep!

But the one thing I didn’t carry down from the attic this year was an artificial wreath.

One of the highlights in creating this issue was hanging with BFFs Lauren Zilnicki and Rebecca Hardman, who share their love of food and entertaining through their web series “Two Forks and Flowers.” Lauren, a florist, demonstrated how to make a wreath using items foraged from her parents’ backyard in Aquebogue. The finished product was a dazzling, truly NoFo creation — something anyone would be proud to display on their front door. (more…)

11/16/17 6:07am

Dessert from the Country Corner Café in Southold. (Credit: Courtesy photo)

Bringing the whole family along while exploring the North Fork or Shelter Island is a must for any parent.

Those in search of the ideal children’s plate with a bit of character and local flare should look no further. When it is time to settle down for a lunch or dinner outing, these six restaurants and their child-friendly dishes are not to miss. (more…)

11/15/17 6:37am

The North Fork Box will arrive in a white box featuring the subscription service’s logo. (Credit: Courtesy photo)

Now you can have a piece of the North Fork delivered to your doorstep, wherever you are in the world.

The North Fork Box, a new subscription service offering North Fork-produced goods, recently began taking pre-orders through its website, thenorthforkbox.com. The service, which will ship four times per year, expects to send out its first box in December in time for the holidays. The inaugural package will feature products from Lavender By The Bay in East Marion, dog treats from The Harbor Pet in Greenport, a copy of N is For North Fork by local photographer Katelyn Knapp and more.

The service is aimed at people who have a connection to the North Fork — whether they own a second home, once lived here or have only visited— but live elsewhere, said business co-founder Maria Vizzi.

“People want to keep the North Fork in their experience way after they’ve left it,” Vizzi said. (more…)

11/13/17 10:51am

We love seeing the North Fork “Through Your Lens.”

It took long enough, but it finally feels like fall on the NoFo. And your Instagram photos from this weekend capture that perfectly.

Use #northforker to be featured on this page or in an upcoming issue of northforker magazine. And be sure to follow us on Instagram, @the_northforker. (more…)

11/13/17 6:06am

Turkeys at Miloski’s Poultry Farm in Calverton. (Credit: Krysten Massa)

When it comes to turkey, fresh, frozen and kosher are the three mainstream choices consumers face today. That said, certified organic, free-range and heritage breed (sustainably raised old-fashioned breeds that were once common on American farms) are increasingly available. You’ll pay top dollar for them, but typically they will reward you with great flavor.

And don’t feel beholden to the American standard-bearer of birds. Long Island offers a wealth of diversity and the North Fork’s sprawling farms offer everything from duck to guinea hen. Here are five poultry farms you should consider for your holiday feasts. (more…)

11/13/17 6:01am
Christmas Cutchogue helicopter

Santa arrives by helicopter in Cutchogue. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder, file photo)

As the holidays approach, the North Fork offers no shortage of events to get into the festive spirit.

Here are 27 holiday happenings — from Santa arriving by helicopter in Cutchogue to a shellfish celebration in Greenport to a Thanksgiving 5K Turkey Trot  — to keep you busy through December.

Events are still being planned, so if you know of any great ones that we missed, tell us in the comment section below. (more…)