09/08/19 6:01am

Brightwaters Farms in Bay Shore.

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Come late September, visitors from points west hit the road to harvest u-pick pumpkins on the North Fork.

We get it. The North Fork is a magical place come the fall with prime pumpkin picking at several local farms.

But for those looking to skip the traffic and stay a little closer to home, there are a handful of Long Island pumpkin patches bursting with charm and the seasonal bounty. (more…)

08/25/19 6:00am

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Located in historic Old Brookville, 127-year-old old Youngs Farm keeps the practice of homegrown agriculture alive and well in Nassau County. Founded in 1893, the operation is run by fourth and fifth generation Youngs Family farmers who practice sustainability growing methods.  (more…)

08/25/19 5:55am

Co-owners Rachel Rappa and Daryn Stoger at the Oceanside tasting room. (Credit: Cyndi Zaweski)

Tucked away in a large industrial building Oceanside, stainless steel tanks are filled and taps are ready in a 400-square-foot nautical-chic tasting room. But there is not a drop of craft beer on-site.

Coastal Craft is producing a different type of craft beverage: Kombucha. (more…)

06/09/19 5:57am

Create your own ice cream flavor at CoolMess. (Credit: Cool Mess)

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School’s almost out and the fun has just begun on Long Island. From an interactive ice cream experience to enrollment in the Jedi Academy, here are foolproof ways to never hear the words “I’m bored” this summer. (more…)

05/26/19 6:00am

End the weekend at Great South Bay Brewery. (Credit: Great South Bay Brewery)

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Hopefully your weekend plans include spending time on the North Fork. And, while all good things must come to an end, the journey home doesn’t have to be a boring drudge on the LIE.  Whether your adventure involves traveling Long Island’s north or south shore we have an itinerary to get you back home while making some fun stops along the way. (more…)

04/28/19 6:00am

Off the Fork is a recurring series every Sunday on northforker.com, in which our staff writes about happenings and places we appreciate elsewhere on Long Island and beyond.

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Not very much catches the eye when driving down East Second Street in Mineola, an industrial neighborhood lined with antiquated buildings and little else.

But if you’re traveling slow enough, you just might spot the quaint 1947 railroad car that is home to Biscuits & Barbeque, a Southern restaurant specializing in Cajun-style cooking and barbecue.

If you do take notice, your stomach is will thank your eyeballs for finding this gem of a place.

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04/21/19 6:00am

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Picture this: You’re sipping a glass of local wine while sampling signature dishes created by New York chefs showcasing the harvest.

Dream life? Nah, simply a day at a Long Island food festival.

Festival season is coming and we’ve got the guide to the ones you won’t want to skip. Think of it as your where-to-eat-now list.

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