The fertile North Fork of Long Island has a deeply rooted agricultural history that spans centuries, dating back to the Corchaugs who grew corn and other indigenous crops and relied on the waters for fish and shellfish.
Today, driving east along either arterial road, you’ll pass potato farms, vineyards, orchards, sod farms and greenhouses. Perhaps you’ve visited these farms and wineries for a tasting, a hayride, a corn maze or a U-pick patch. These activities are all designed to attract visitors, combining elements of tourism and agriculture, and a growing number of farms are expanding their offerings to inspire visitors to learn about life on a working farm, give you a new appreciation for food and history and some great photos and memories along the way.
Oyster Tour | Little Ram Oyster Co. Learn all about how a hatchery works, explore their floating nursery and processing facility and learn to shuck oysters during this tour, which includes a dozen oysters, knife and glove to take as a souvenir.
Tours are every Thursday and Friday at noon and 2 p.m. between June and September. Visit littleramoysters.com/experiences to book. $100/person
Baby Goat Cuddling | Catapano Dairy Farm There’s a lot happening in the world right now and we could all use a mental health break. Take a moment to snuggle and learn about baby goats at this active dairy farm in Peconic. Ages 3 and up are welcome and adult supervision is required. Sessions are held Saturdays at 10 a.m. through July 3. $15/person
Bison Tour | North Quarter Farm Perhaps you’ve driven by to admire the bison, horses and longhorn cattle at this Roanoke Avenue farm, which has been in operation for more than 40 years and has over 300 bison on 250 acres. While you can’t get up close and personal with the majestic animals, you can get a much closer look at the operation and history on tours offered on Sundays by appointment only. Call owner Dee Muma at 516-647-1146 for availability. $20/adults, free for children under 10
Farm Tales | Browder’s Birds
Bring the little ones for storytime in the field with a local librarian on several Saturday afternoons and then collect eggs to take home. Sessions will be held June 11, Sept. 17, Oct. 22 and Nov. 19. No registration is required. $10/child
Tour a flower farm | North Fork Flower Farm The North Fork Flower Farm recently relocated to Southold and you can tour the flower fields and greenhouses at their new location on the North Road.
Due to the relocation, flower arranging workshops are on hold but look out for announcements on pop-up workshops they hope to hold at local wineries and other venues. northforkflowerfarm.com
Immersive Farm Tour | Sylvester Manor Educational Farm There are a few different options, including the History & Heritage Tour, Windmill Field & Farm Tours and Past, Present & Future tours that are worth the trek to Shelter Island. The tours combine crafts, tastings, foraging, history and storytelling for all ages. For dates and descriptions, visit sylvestermanor.org/calendar.