Jams and jellies are a favorite gift to give (and receive) during the holiday season. Of course, it couldn’t get any better than hand crafted, small batch fruit preserves made from local East End ingredients. Melissa Sabbatino made the decision to start Peconic River Preserves in 2015, two years after she moved home from Boston.
While she did enjoy working as a public accountant in Boston, she chose to focus on her personal business venture that drew upon skills she learned and grew up with as a child. “My mom taught me how to make jam,” explains Sabbatino. “I grew up in a farming and fishing family, and was taught how to bake and cook at any early age. My dad grew up as a bayman, and we always had high quality local produce and seafood. Cooking was a family tradition.”
This past Saturday, September 26th, Browder’s Birds in Mattituck hosted their annual farm picnic from 4-8pm. This was our first time attending the picnic, which was a lovely intimate gathering where everyone celebrated the close to a worthwhile summer season and the bounty of the autumn harvest.
We were delighted to be back at the poultry farm again as we had just visited last Sunday as part of the The North Fork Foodie Tour. This time, my daughter had the opportunity to see some more chickens, the ducks, and the sheep roaming about the pasture. She loves animals and exploring, and we always enjoy every moment we can where we can immerse her in the outdoors and the local farms.
This past weekend on Sunday, September 20th, my husband, daughter, and I participated in The 9th annual North Fork Foodie Tour presented by The North Fork Reform Synagogue. The tour was a self-guided, behind-the-scenes peak into local farms, vineyards, and food artisans. Out of the twenty participating businesses, we were able to visit eleven.
We started promptly at 10:15am and were touring until 2:30pm. Our daughter took a brief half hour nap in the cap between our fifth and six stop, otherwise she was running about the farms and became so pleased each time she saw the animals prancing by or in their pens. Below are photos from our tour arranged in order of where we stopped.
Lombardi’s Market, located on the quaint street in the heart of Mattituck which is Love Lane, will be celebrating its first summer at their newest location, which opened last September. The market offers abundance of homemade Italian grocery items with an essence of the North Fork.
I had the pleasure of meeting Lauren Lombardi, who among her family, owns and runs Lombardi’s Love Lane Market. I also met her mother and father during my visit. I love how the traditional Italian Market is so family-oriented, friendly, and has literally every Italian staple you could imagine. The Lombardi’s have been in the restaurant and full-service catering business for almost 40 yrs. “I grew up in the [family] business. The North Fork is a passion of mine and my family’s, and once the space became available, we immediately opened our market here,” says Lauren Lombardi. “It’s been a dream of mine to have a store on the North Fork and the community has been so welcoming.”
As you enter, you are greeted with classic Italian music, an abundance of food offerings based on family recipes, with a touch of the North Fork by offering local purveyor’s goods.