Putting a local spin on the age-old words of wisdom “eat, drink and be merry,” the North Fork Foodie Tour is back by popular demand this weekend. And we highly recommend checking out.
For eight years the self-guided tour has been hailed as a great way to spend a day eating Long Island duck, strawberries, potatoes, corn and much more.
In addition to many old favorites (see below), new tour stops include Long Island Mushroom Farm, Young Widows’ Farm, Surrey Lane Vineyard Orchard Farm, Greenport Harbor Brewery, Mar-Gene Farms and 8 Hands Farm. Guests are invited to take pictures for entry in a photo contest judged by award-winning photographer Judy Ahrens, the former staff photographer of The Suffolk Times.
The event kicks off this Sunday, Sept. 7, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Tickets and maps can be purchased the day of the event at Peconic Land Trust’s Charnews Farm on Youngs Avenue in Southold, where an open house will be held in conjunction with the tour. Guests can learn about growing and cooking with herbs, local aquaculture, organic poultry and crops and more. Chef and author John Ross will present an overview of local culinary topics.
Admission is $25 for adults and free for children 12 and under. Tickets are available at northforkreformsynagogue.org, and also Gallery M in Greenport, Complement the Chef in Southold, BookHampton in Mattituck and Barth’s Pharmacy in Riverhead; or by mail at NFRS, P.O. Box 1625, Southold 11971.
North Fork Foodie Tour includes these stops:
Catapano Dairy Farm is small and family operated; they raise goats and make fresh milk cheeses, yogurts, fudge and goat milk skincare products.
Croteaux features an idyllic barnyard, vineyard, tastings and recipes.
Lavender by the Bay offers fresh-cut and dried lavender, lavender plants and products. Learn about beekeeping, lavender culture and lore.
Koppert Cress searches the world for unusual varieties of aromatic herbs grown into micro-vegetables. Restaurants use them as exotic garnishes for their most elegant dishes.
Sang Lee Farms shows its organically grown vegetables, heirloom tomatoes, baby greens, herbs, flowers and specialty Asian greens. There will be tastings all day.
Satur Farms specializes in leafy vegetables, heirloom tomatoes, root vegetables and the herbs it sells to New York City’s high-end restaurants.
Learn about the vineyard’s low-impact sustainable farming, taste the results.
Taste of the North Fork produces food products made with local ingredients including pesto, jams and jellies, mustard, vinegars, dessert sauces, teas and more. See the kitchen where they are made and have a taste.