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.
The places we stopped at were: Goodale Farms, Ty Llywd Farms, Macari Wines, Browder’s Birds, East End Mushroom Company, Sang Lee Farms, Catapano Dairy Farm, Surrey Lane Vineyards, North Fork Roasting Co., and Lavender by the Bay. It was our first visit to the majority of the stops. We especially loved that this tour gave visitors and locals alike the opportunity to explore the pastoral and friendly community that is the North Fork. It also gives everyone the chance to get to know the farms, vineyards, and local purveyors.
Though the tour lasted from 10am-4pm, many businesses, including North Fork Roasting Co., Catapano Dairy Farm and places we did not get to visit (but will next year) such as Shinn Estate Vineyards, 8 Hands Farm, and Greenport Brewery had scheduled events. On the map, there was a key that provided information as to where their were tastes and family fun. We tried to focus on the places that had activities or sights that Sarah could enjoy. She loved running through the rows of grapes growing at the vineyards and absolutely enjoyed the ducks, goats, chickens, cats, and sheep at each of the farms. She could’t stop smiling!
My favorite was the wine pairing tasting, and tour of Macari Vineyards where we spent the most time, followed by the coffee tasting and tour at North Fork Roasting Co. My daughter’s favorites were Catapano Dairy Farm and Browder’s Birds. Also, at East End Mushroom Company, I tasted a scrumptious pasta dish made with their mushroom’s, and Browder’s eggs, which was created by Topping Rose House‘s Chef Kyle Koenig.
For purchases, we got some napkins and lavandin essential oil from Lavender by the Bay, a pumpkin chai latte from North Fork Roasting Co., Sette wine from Macari Vineyards, Cinnamon Beeswax soap from Browder’s Birds, Zucchini Relish from Surrey Lane Vineyards, and Honey & Lavender cow’s cheese from Goodale Farms.
Inside our tour booklet was a description of each business, and a list of special guest speakers who included Chef Deborah Pittorino, Peter Clarke, Chef Peter Berley, Dan Heston, and Chef John Ross.
Additional farms, vineyards, and purveyors we did not get to visit were: Shinn Estate Vineyards, 8 Hands Farm, Koppert Kress, Satur Farms, Krupski’s Pumpkin Farm, Greenport Harbor Brewery, Southold School Garden, Charnew’s Farm, and The Farm.