08/26/16 9:32am
Riding the carousel at Mitchell Park. Credit: Randee Daddona, file)

Riding the carousel at Mitchell Park. Credit: Randee Daddona, file)

It happened: Amid the chaos of childrearing, you somehow found yourself with a day free from errands, sports practices, birthday parties and other obligations. Now, however, you’re left wondering how to keep your family — not to mention yourself — entertained.

Northforker Kids has you covered. Plan your next day trip in the area by checking out the following boredom-busting suggestions. Whether your children are toddlers or tweens, these ideas are sure to keep them smiling. You’ll have fun, too!  READ

05/23/16 6:10am
Chefs Brian Burner and Dominick Scotto of JoeÕs Garage and Grill in downtown Riverhead prepare pork buns for Rotary Uncorked 2014. (Credit: Sonja Reinholt Derr)

Chefs Brian Burner and Dominick Scotto of Joe’s Garage and Grill in downtown Riverhead prepare pork buns for Rotary Uncorked 2014. (Credit: Sonja Reinholt Derr)

The Rotary Club of Riverhead will hold its 10th annual “Rotary Uncorked” benefit at Martha Clara Vineyards in Riverhead this Wednesday, May 25, from 6 to 9 p.m.

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10/13/15 6:01am
Customers sampling the new ciders at Woodside Orchards (Credit: Monique Singh-Roy)

Customers sampling the new ciders at Woodside Orchards  (Credit: Monique Singh-Roy)

We’re halfway through October, pumpkin picking is in full swing on the North Fork though apple season is already winding down.

This weekend Woodside Orchards in Aquebogue is getting into fall mode by releasing an apple-pumpkin hard cider. Also out now is another limited seasonal release, an apple-cinnamon cider, which was getting early rave reviews.

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09/03/15 6:19am
Apples on the North Fork are ripe for the picking (Credit: Monique Singh-Roy)

Apples on the North Fork are ripe for the picking
(Credit: Monique Singh-Roy)

While the beach and backyard barbecue will be on many people’s mind’s this Labor Day weekend, apple picking season on the North Fork has begun. That’s right, at least three farms have either already started apple picking or will kick it off this weekend,  including Harbes Family Orchard.

“We’ll be open for apple picking Saturday, Sunday and Monday,” said orchard manager Sharon Harbes. “Our U-Pick apple orchard is about 15 acres and apples that are ready for picking this weekend include our honey crisp and gala apples.” (more…)

08/25/15 2:53pm
Ciders available at Woodside Orchards include their traditional, rasberry and lemon-apple ciders. (Credit: Monique Singh-Roy)

Ciders available at Woodside Orchards include their traditional, rasberry and lemon-apple ciders.
(Credit: Monique Singh-Roy)

Dry, crisp, fruity and clean. The words usually used when talking about a North Fork white wine can also describe another popular East End beverage — hard cider.

Time Magazine has already called it America’s fastest growing alcoholic beverage. And in just two years the industry’s growth nearly tripled, from 9.4 million gallons in 2011 to 32 million gallons in 2013, according to figures provided by The Beer Institute to The Oregonian.

In that time, Woodside Orchards in Aquebogue has made a name for itself as the only North Fork venue focused on hard cider. (more…)

10/28/13 12:30pm
north fork chocolate company

Photo by Rachel Young | Ann Corley, executive director of sales and marketing at North Fork Chocolate Company, with the company’s executive chef, Steve Amaral, at the production kitchen at the Calverton Business Incubator.

Calverton-based artisanal sweets manufacturer North Fork Chocolate Company will open the doors of its first retail operation out of the main food court at Tanger Outlets in Riverhead on Halloween, owner Ann Corley said. (more…)