For fans of the annual North Fork Foodie Tour, the answer is at least once per year.
The popular event, organized as a fundraiser for North Fork Reform Synagogue, celebrated its 13th season this past Sunday. More than 20 local farms of all kinds — including wineries, breweries and even a coffee roaster — participated in this year’s event.
While the tour itself is self-guided, the locations hosted their own tours, taking you into the process of how they raise their animals, grow their crops and create artisan products unique to their little corner of the North Fork.
Here’s 30 photos taken at 10 stops we made along the way.
The Goodale family has farmed on the East End since the 1800s and farmer Hal Goodale is keeping the tradition alive at his dairy and poultry farm in Aquebogue. He took visitors throughout the day on tours of the entire farm, giving an up close look at how the animals are raised.
North Fork Egg Farm
Marilyn Pasierb and Matthew Bloch launched North Fork Egg Farm about a decade ago and today they have more than 400 chickens producing about 250 eggs a day at their leased farm on Main Road in Southold.
Castello di Borghese
At the North Fork’s oldest vineyard, owner Giovanni Borghese took groups on an hour-long tour showing the process of making Castello di Borghese wine from vine to bottling line. The tour was followed by a complimentary tasting in the Cutchogue tasting room.