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Certified yoga instructor Jackie Zilnicki will be teaching the classes. (Jackie Zilnicki courtesy photo)

The first full month of summer has arrived. July on the North Fork brings farm-fresh bounty, cookouts, and plenty of time spent outdoors enjoying the sunshine. Here are some of the best ways to experience the North Fork in July. 

Attend a workshop at Herricks Lane Farm

Organic herb and heirloom farm in Riverhead, Herricks Lane Farm, is hosting two workshops in July. The first is scheduled for Thursday, July 2 from 9 – 10:30 a.m. where participants will be making edible herbal power balls led by Cutchogue herbalist Heather Cusack. This program costs $75 per person with a $25 materials fee. The second workshop is a DIY lip balm workshop which is scheduled for Thursday, July 23 from 4 – 6:30 p.m. This program costs $150 with a $20 materials fee. Visit for more details and to reserve your spot.

Listen to live music at a Hallockville’s drive-in bluegrass in the barn event

On Thursday, July 2 at 6:30 p.m., Riverhead’s Hallockville Museum Farm will be hosting a drive-in music night with bluegrass music by Buddy Meriam & Back Roads. The cost is $40 per car and space is limited. Call 631-298-5292 or email [email protected] to make your reservation.

Celebrate the 4th of July with a PAWPAW lobster boil

Elevate your Independence Day backyard barbecue with a lobster boil. On Saturday, July 4th from 4 – 7 p.m. PAWPAW will be serving up their lobster boil to-go. The boil which includes: crab Mezcal gazpacho, Old Bay potato chips, whole lobster, shrimp, clams, 8 Hands Farm Andouille, new potatoes, sweet corn, and a strawberry eton mess for dessert, will be available for pickup at The Lin Beach House in Greenport or home delivery. The price per person is $65 and prepaid reservations must be made in advance through their website here.

Pick some berries at Patty’s Berries and Bunches

With strawberry season behind us, July is primetime for berry picking, specifically raspberries, blueberries, and blackberries. Head to Patty’s Berries and Bunches in Mattituck from 9 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. daily to pick berries right from the bush. The entrance fee is $7 per person which includes one you-pick quart of fruit.

Visit Lavender By The Bay’s lavender field 

Although Lavender By The Bay had announced earlier this year that they would be closed for the season they’ve decided to open the fields at their Calverton location for socially distant, scheduled visits. A small number of tickets are to be sold with set times. Sign up for their newsletter at to receive more information about these upcoming tickets.

Have a cocktail on the beach at the Sound View’s Low Tide Beach Bar 

Very few things are better than leisurely cocktails on the beach. Lucky for us popular NYC bar Death & Co is doing a pop-up this summer at Sound View’s Low Tide Beach Bar in Greenport. Reserve your seating now, you won’t want to miss this one.

Practice yoga on the farm at Farm Yoga in Riverhead

Enjoy your practice in the open-air with yoga instructor Jackie Zilnicki on her family farm in Riverhead. Classes, which cost $10 per person and are one-hour long, include yoga, stretching, and meditation. Space is extremely limited, and reservations must be booked in advance. To see the schedule and book your class visit Farm Yoga’s Instagram page with a link to Punchpass.

Eat in the street in downtowns across the North Fork

Summer dining across the North Fork has always been a must but as local businesses are looking to jumpstart the North Fork economy, downtowns across the North Fork have expanded outdoor dining spaces creating great al fresco dining experiences. Check out Lone Lane in Mattituck, downtown Riverhead, and Greenport Village. Read more about this in our recent story here

Dig into some Hawaiian shave ice at The North Fork Shack

Shaka Shave Ice has popped up at The North Fork Shack in Southold. Offering authentic Hawaiian shave ice, the Shaka Shave Ice pop-up is currently open Friday through Sunday and serving over 20 flavors. Check out their Instagram page for their weekly schedule and new flavor alerts. 

Test your trivia skills at The Riverhead Ciderhouse

Trivia and curbside guacamole, anyone? Trivia is back at The Riverhead Ciderhouse on Thursday nights at 6 p.m. on the patio. Registration is required, and teams are limited to 6 people max. Visit their website to book your trivia reservation and for more information.