Northforker staffers Michelina Da Fonte — our reigning taste test champ — and Cerria Torres square off in a battle to see who the true expert is on apple pie. Served slices from Briermere Farms, Hallock’s Cider Mill and Breeze Hill Farm & Preserve they had to guess which one came from each place in this recurring segment featuring locally sourced products.
Filmed by Krysten Massa, Grant Parpan and Kaylyn Ahrenstein
Edited by Krysten Massa
Beach plums freshly picked from the beach (All pictures by Monique Singh-Roy)
This story was originally published in October 2016. We are reposting it in anticipation of beach plum season.
Beach plums aren’t typically found in supermarkets, but the fruit — which looks more like supersized blueberry or grape than a plum — makes some of the most flavorful jam I’ve ever tasted.
Since Colonial times, and likely before, the wild fruit, which grows on the North and South forks, has been harvested to make preserves, jams and jellies. According to Cornell University, which undertook a nearly 20-year project to establish the beach plum as a commercial crop, it’s native to the Northeastern U.S.(more…)
Terms like “farm fresh” and “locally sourced” are usually reserved for North Fork restaurants and food festivals. But they also extend to North Fork ice cream as well, as more farms and stores create their own homemade confections. Where else could you eat sweet corn ice cream, order two scoops of “Peconic Swamp Thing” or try a flavor called America?
“Corn is one of the biggest crops here on the farm,” explained Ed Harbes, manager of Harbes Family Farm in Mattituck. “With 50 acres of corn, we sell fresh corn, ready to eat corn and we do roasted corn, so we thought during the summer our customers would enjoy a corn custard. Custard is a type of ice cream that has more egg content, so it’s richer and creamier. To that we add our own sweet, roasted corn, puree it down and incorporate it into the custard base. People are really enjoying that flavor of ice cream and we’ll serve it as long as the corn season lasts, which is usually to the end of October.”
Harbes Family Farm is located at 715 Sound Avenue in Mattituck. They’re open everyday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. 631-298-8000.