With the exception of January into the beginning of April, there is nothing as corking, peachy and as sparkling…ie…wonderful as the North Fork of Long-Island. In April and through the end of December this world is filled with endless destinations and an ever evolving landscape.
In March and April, we start picking out our purposeful plants and flowers with Bill @ Hidden Ridge Plants in Ridge, L.I., N.Y. (https://www.facebook.com/hiddenridgeplants/) and with Cris @ Peconic River Herb Farm https://www.prherbfarm.com/
April is National Gardening Month as plants come out of dormancy and the colors start to take over the landscape. May brings in full bloom flowers and folks are getting psyched for the Memorial Day holiday. You know the story…how does it go for June?
June is bustin’ out all over
All over the meadow and the hill
Buds’re bustin’ outa bushes
And the rompin’ river pushes
Ev’ry little wheel that wheels beside the mill…
…and that includes a ride out to the Carousel in Greenport!
I don’t have to spell out the summer on the north fork. It’s a destination 24/7 and many of those destinations reside right here in my http://www.phoodographsandfinds.com blog.
There is absolutely something to be said for the ever expanding bounty of local ingredients and food technology that exists right here on the NOFO. Being literally surrounded by the fishing and farming and the new and existing wineries and breweries, the North Fork has evolved into a foodie paradise. With an emphasis on the local seasonal cornucopia that is available, restaurants have become ‘world class’ bastions of freshness. White, rose’ and blush wines are excellent and red wines are steadily improving from year to year, especially in the world of Bordeaux style red blends. Of course it’s always a matter of taste what is excellent and when you have been coming here as long as we have, you get a pretty accurate sense of excellence.
A quick aside: Our favorite red wine today happens to come out of our recently discovered Suhru Vineyards in Cutchogue. It’s not often you see a blend of 5 different grapes including Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Malbec, and Petit Verdot. Wonderful.
July, August and September is harvest time for unbounded fresh fruits and vegetables. The end of September and into October is an adventure with apple picking along with pumpkins and gourds coming into Halloween. November has Thanksgiving and the farms are still open along with the restaurants and vineyards. Around Thanksgiving, many of the farms close up for the winter…however the anticipation of the holiday leaves excitement in the air and that keeps the fun state o mind wide open…not to mention the wineries and breweries.
Now that we’ve set the calendar scene, a typical day trip can include many NOFO destinations that would be impossible to list in this single entry. Thus…we will take you on a typical day trip starting with our favorite spots and along the way we’ll stick in some more website favorites that will offer you the ability to choose from so many more destinations.
Are you ready?
Our first stop…The Peconic River Herb Farm.
For flowers, herbs, peace and so much more in their “Outside In” garden shop…here is a destination that will excite you and calm you all in the same visit.
For flowers and herbs, their Nursery Mission says it all.
-To enable and encourage people to experience the peace and joy of gardening by providing a wide variety of healthy, reasonably priced plants that are garden worthy and will do well in our climate. (USDA zone 7)
-To encourage experimentation and exploration in the field of gardening by supplying a large diversity of plants and seeds.
-To provide through our display gardens, experienced staff, signage, online and printed materials and gardening consultations as much assistance, information and inspiration as possible.
-To encourage, both by example and education, ecologically responsible gardening practices such as:
Biological and cultural controls of insects, diseases or weeds
Decreased water use with xeriscape planting
Soil improvement through composting, organic soil amendments and mulch
Ecologically balanced landscapes; increased biodiversity and preservation of native and heirloom plant varieties
-By helping, however modestly, to increase the number of gardeners and land given over to garden plots, and the diversity within these plots, we hope to contribute to a healthier, happier and more beautiful Long Island environment.
For ‘so much more’, just walk right into their “Outside In” Garden shop with local spices, honey and vintage goods for garden and home.
Meet Lois…first introduced to us at the PHF Vintage Market
For peace, it’s just a short walk to the edge of the Peconic River with picnic benches and comfortable arm chairs that will give you the opportunity to sit back, relax, take in the view (birds and all)… and BREATHE!
Wanna meet the owner? Just ask for Cris and tell her Sandy sent you!
Shell-fie Time at the Winter Riverhead Indoor Market with Cris and Co…
Next stop…Pie Central USA…
Briermere Farms in Riverhead…
I’m really not a pie person, however if one is going to start loving pies…here is your starting point!
Briermere Farms is a fruit farm and bakery on the North Fork of Long Island. All of their pies, bread, muffins, cookies, cakes, jam, and jelly are made right on their farm from scratch. There are no pre-prepared ingredients or fillings bought for use. Most of the fresh fruit used in their bakery is grown right there on their farm. Fresh veggies in the summer make this a definite stop all year round except for January and February when they are closed.
Peach Cream Pie
You know what they say about Happy People…Phab & Phamous Blueberry Muffins!
Sandy & Kathleen
Uh-Oh! Covid-19 comes to Briermere in 2020
Diana with another winner…Blueberry Crumb Pie!
Okeedokee Folks…Next Up…Small Holdings Farm at 965 Main Road, Aquebogue, NY, 11931
So check this out. This place is like a mini-museum of one-of-a-kind “country cottage antiques” for inside and outside of your home.
Stay with us…more to come on our day trip!