If you’ve driven on Sound Avenue in Riverhead, you’ve surely seen the hand-painted wooden sign on the roadside advertising grape pie. So what exactly is grape pie? This question has plagued me for years and yet I had never ventured in to find the answer.
While 1760 Homestead Farm boasts beautiful flowers, fresh veggies, crafts made on the farm and assorted pickled veggies, it’s the baked goods and hospitality that will make it a staple on your shopping list.
- Caponata This Sicilian staple makes great use of the farm’s eggplant. Prepared using an old family recipe, this caponata tastes great spread atop a crusty loaf of bread or even just on a spoon straight from the jar. $8 for 8 oz.
2. Painted aluminum watering pitcher The homestead features a beautiful barn of gifts and decor. This aluminum pitcher can be used for its function or to hold a bouquet of flowers from the farm. $17.50
3. Fresh soup The homestead has done an excellent job utilizing fresh veggies and creating homemade stocks to turn them into soups you’ll want to load your fridge with. Their mulligatawny soup is a beautiful blend of veggie stock plus chicken, carrots, celery, onion and fresh herbs. It’s rare to see this soup locally, but those who know how to pronounce the name surely know how great this British-Indian hybrid is. $9 per 12 oz. container
4. Decorative wreaths Using sourced materials as well as dried flowers from the farm, the staff decorates these wreaths to create the door decor you never knew you needed for each season. Prices vary
5. Fresh eggs Living on the North fork, we have no shortage of farm fresh eggs, but this writer has never seen any this beautiful. This dozen runs the color spectrum from brown to white to pale pink and features prized blue eggs. Gorgeous as well as delicious and pretty enough to gift. $7 a dozen
6. Pie flight This trio of mini pies features grape, shoofly and pecan brownie. The grape pie features the pressings of Upstate N.Y. Concord grapes as the centerpiece of this unique, tart and sweet signature dessert. With the trio there is something for each type of sweet tooth. Dig in! $9
7. Fresh flowers One thing not all North Fork farms have in common is whether or not they grow and sell fresh flowers. We at Northforker love when a farm sells delectable ingredients as well as something to decorate your table with. In this regard, 1760 Homestead Farm is the source to help show your guests not only your cooking skills, but also your flair for home decor. Prices vary
8. Heirloom horseradish Rumor has it that Montauk Distilling Co. uses 1760 Homestead’s horseradish in its bloody mary recipe. ‘Nuff said. Starting at $7 per jar