09/14/19 6:00am

Peter Lynch of Rockville Centre carries pumpkins to the cash register at Stakey’s Pumpkin Farm as his family watches. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

Pumpkin season has returned to the North Fork — and that means flavored lattes and craft beers will be cropping up at local cafes and breweries. But it is not just beverages that get an infusion of pumpkin come October — and it’s not all pumpkin pie either. Stephan Bogardus, executive chef at The Halyard at Sound View in Greenport, often takes a savory approach to the seasonal squash. (more…)

09/11/19 6:00am

The Pumpkin Patch at Shamrock Christmas Tree Farm opens Saturday. (Credit: Cyndi Zaweski)

One of the North Fork’s most recognizable Christmas tree farms is getting into the u-pick pumpkin business. Starting this Saturday, Sept. 14, The Pumpkin Patch at Shamrock Christmas Tree Farm will be open on weekends, offering u-pick pumpkins, children’s train rides and fireside wine and cider tastings. (more…)

09/10/19 6:00am

A woman snaps a photograph of a goat at Goodale Farms in Aquebogue. (Credit: Grant Parpan)

We cook their eggs and drink their wine, but how often do we fully immerse ourselves in the behind the scenes details of life on a North Fork farm?

For fans of the annual North Fork Foodie Tour, the answer is at least once per year. (more…)

09/07/19 6:00am

Fall’s rolling in and schools have reopened, but kids don’t have to be the only ones expanding their minds. Fall is a great time to learn a new craft or art skill, even just for an evening.

The North Fork is awash with classes where you can create everything from a watercolor painting to a macrame wine bottle holder to whale sculptures from upcycled marine debris. All levels are welcome, including beginners, so don’t be intimidated. It’s all about having fun. (more…)

09/06/19 6:00am

Snapdragon apples ready to be picked (Credit: Monique Singh-Roy)

It’s the unofficial start of fall and one of the best ways to celebrate the changing season is a visit to a local orchard. September and October are all about apples. Many North Fork farms offer a variety of u-pick apples that can be eaten straight from the branch or added to pies.

Here is your 2019 guide to u-pick apples on the North Fork. Note that farmers recommend calling ahead of time to ensure that fields are open.


09/02/19 6:00am

And just like that it is Tumbleweed Tuesday. Summer 2019 disappeared as fast as Magic Fountain ice cream on a hot July afternoon. From the return of a sunflower maze to the reopening of Croteaux Vineyards, the last few months have offered a lot of fun on the North Fork.

The following is a list of the 10 most-read Northforker stories of summer 2019.  (more…)

08/28/19 6:00am

A scene from last year’s Bedell Cellars Dinner in the Vineyard. (Credit: Madison Fender)

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September marks the official end of summer, but on the North Fork there’s no sign of tumbleweeds yet. It’s harvest season, which means lots of food and craft beverage events that highlight the region’s agriculture, breweries and wineries.

Here are a few ways to get a taste of autumn.