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The day has arrived. Let’s dig in. (Credit: David Benthal)

Between spending time with our loved ones to the delicious meals to come today, the fourth Thursday in November is one of our favorite days here at northforker.

Thanksgiving has the elements of the perfect holiday: a lazy morning tuned into the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade, a nature walk to offset the impending food coma, a foodie feast celebrating the bounty and expressing gratitude for all things big and small.

This Thanksgiving, we present to you our guide to eating, drinking, living and breathing on the North Fork this time of year. We hope you take a moment to reflect today before the holidays get into full swing.

Happy Thanksgiving!

EAT

Charity’s Fruit Farm Apple Pie. (Credit: Charity Robey)

The Map: A fork full of pie

How to cook a classically simple roasted turkey with North Fork herbs and citrus

Prepare for Thanksgiving with this Fruit Farm Apple Pie recipe

What to do with all those Thanksgiving leftovers: Recipes

Cooking up a throwback North Fork Thanksgiving

5 locally made Thanksgiving sides you need to try this year

Northforker staffers feasted on locally made pies to discover standouts for your holiday table

North Fork foodies offer fresh ideas for leftover turkey

DRINK

A Long Island wine pick for each Thanksgiving course

The Last Thanksgiving Wine Story You’ll Ever Need to Read

The time-honored treat of apple cider remains a North Fork favorite

LIVE

It’s National Clean Your Fridge Day: Whip yours into shape before the holidays 

Take a seat: set a trend-forward table with help from Hildreth’s this Thanksgiving

Holiday tips from Greenport’s own (and NY Times food editor) Sam Sifton

BREATHE

One Minute on the North Fork: Making apple pie at Wickham’s Fruit Farm

Miloski’s Poultry Farm celebrates its 75th anniversary

The Map: Nine stops to make when preparing your North Fork Thanksgiving menu

Shop Local: Nicolette’s for the Home can help you get Thanksgiving ready

How the East End’s indigenous people mark Thanksgiving

How a Calverton turkey farmer celebrates Thanksgiving

Wild turkeys of the North Fork

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