What to do during your Fall visit to the North Fork

The first signs of autumn in the North Fork are the rows of bountiful farm stands selling endless varieties of squash, pumpkins, freshly baked pies, and everything apple cider. Explore the rows of apple fields, stroll through the corn mazes, and pumpkin patches. 

So, it is time for you to discover the best fall food on the North Fork. Leap into the season and create your own fall food tour across the North Fork. We have curated some of the top fall farm stands on the North Fork, from Riverhead and out to Greenport. 

1760 Homestead Farm

1760 Homestead Farm on Sound Avenue in Riverhead offers a continuous supply of autumn baked goods. Their most famous pies include the grape pie, shoo fly pie and brownie pecan pie, a must for celebrating the fall season on the North Fork. Fall is pie season in fact! To note, they will be offering pie flights on select weekends up until Christmas.

Every Sunday from 12-4pm, 1760 Homestead Farm showcases farm produce through sauces, salads, and soups for take away or to enjoy in the picnic area.

Briermere Farms

At the gateway to your fall food tour of the North Fork is Briermere Farms on Sound Avenue in Riverhead. Brieremere’s is famous for their wide range of produce, flowers, apple cider, and baked goods, especially their pies.

Fall on the North Fork always means a visit to this farm stand! Popular pies to complement any autumn gathering include Cranberry-Pear, Peach Raspberry, Pumpkin, and Boysenberry. They also have a variety of cream pies such as Chocolate Cream, Cherry Cream, and Blueberry Cream. 

Please note that all sales and pick ups are done outside on the farmstand. 

Bayview Market & Farms

Discover plenty of local, fresh fruits and vegetables, and flowers at the local farm stand, Bayview Market & Farms off of Main Road in Riverhead. They sell fresh, locally grown produce through late fall with specialty items such as meats, dairy, and sauces that rotate throughout the season. 

This six-generation farm sells everything from potatoes, pumpkins, cauliflower, carrots, pears, turnips, and more. In addition, if you are in Calverton, Laurel, or Mattituck, you can stop by any one of their farm markets for a bounty of peak season fresh produce to take home for your autumn feast. 

Country View Farm Stand

Country View Farm Stand on Main Road in Southold is a must stop during your fall food tour of the North Fork. Their pies are baked fresh daily, and they also sell fresh brown eggs, Long Island duck, asparagus, and sugar snap peas. 

Pick up local vegetables at this third generation North Fork farm stand like cauliflower, hot peppers from Kevin’s pepper patch, as well as Claudia’s wide variety of local refrigerated soups like Indian Dal and Vegetable, and Ginger & Rice Noodle Soup. 

Hallock’s Cider Mill

This beloved North Fork farmers market, Hallock’s Cider Mill, is located on Main Road in Jamesport. They are a family owned country roadside market that has been a fixture on the East End for generations. Come stop in for all your fall food needs, including homemade pies, homemade jams, cheese, soups, chowders, their own local honey, gift baskets, their own farm fresh eggs, their famous crumb cake, and so much more. All in addition, most of their produce sold at the Cider Mill is organic.

Current hours are 9am-5pm seven days a week. Hallock’s Cider Mill closes for the season in December, and reopens usually in early May. 

Helen’s Flower Farm

A favorite for families during the autumn months is a visit to Helen’s Flower Farm in Riverhead. Located on Union Avenue, this interactive farm is a great spot to visit with the family for plenty of autumn family fun.

There to greet you is a pumpkin farm, corn maze, a wide variety of flowers, baked goods, and so much more. You can easily spend hours at Helen’s Flower Farm, exploring the maze and pumpkin patch, followed by shopping their baked goods, including their wide variety of freshly baked fruit pies. 

Their farmstand remains open until Thanksgiving Eve, and reopens in the spring. 

North Fork Roasting Company

North Fork Roasting Company is well known for their fall inspired coffee beverages. Exclusive for autumn is the Dirty Pumpkin Chai, Caramel Apple Latte, and of course the Pumpkin Spice Latte. 

Their chai is made in house by simmering whole milk with chai, cinnamon, nutmeg and honey. North Fork Roasting Company gives it a seasonal spin by adding our pumpkin purée with fall spices and then they make it dirty by pouring a shot of espresso in.

The Caramel Apple Latte is special thanks to their homemade apple caramel syrup. It’s just like taking a bite into a caramel apple and can be made with any of our alternative milks. Created by barista and shop manager Claudia La Du.

Lastly, the homemade Pumpkin Spice Latte is back for the fall season! This beloved harvest beverage is crafted with espresso, pumpkin spice, cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla, honey, and most importantly real pumpkins!

North Fork Roasting Co. on Main Road is open seven days a week from 7am-4pm. They have a sister store in Westhampton Beach on Main Street, open Thursday-Monday from 7am-4pm. 

North Fork Chocolate Company

An autumn destination staple for chocolates, gifts, and so much more is North Fork Chocolate Company off of Main Road in Aquebogue. All of their chocolates are made on the premises from scratch and make for the perfect local fall gift, straight from the North Fork!

Some additional great fall dessert options to try include their Belgian Liege Waffles. These are made fresh to order, and you can top yours with a variety of toppings. They also sell homemade ice cream, fudge, and individual sized gourmet desserts like Granny Apple Caramel Pie, and S’mores Pie. 

North Fork Chocolate Company is currently open every day except Monday, beginning at 11am. You may also shop online

Patty’s Berries and Bunches

This North Fork farmstand in Mattituck on Sound Avenue is a female-owned farmstand, offers a U-Pick visiting experience, as well as produce, flowers, and a variety of onsite activities. Discover many of your favorite autumn foods including seasonal ice cream, cider baked goods, jams, honey, and more. This is also the perfect stop for gorgeous floral bunches or ornamental pieces for your fall centerpiece table.  

Patty’s Berries and Bunches is currently open daily from 9am-6pm. They are also pet friendly, though to note that pets are not allowed in the picking rows. 

Rottkamp’s Fox Hollow Farms

Rottkamp’s Fox Hollow Farm in Baiting Hollow on Sound Avenue is perfect for visiting for the whole family to pick pumpkins and explore the fields, while shopping for fresh, local produce. You may also see a local food truck parking at the farm! The pumpkin picking field usually closes the last week of October before Halloween.

If you decide to visit just before the beginning of the autumn season on the North Fork, Rottkamp’s has a stunning sunflower maze to explore. The maze is usually open until mid September. 

Greenport Harbor Brewery OOMPAH Fest

Join us for Greenport Harbor Brewery’s OOMPAH FEST all day on Saturday, October 2nd.  New German Beer Release, OOMPAH music by Die Spitzbaum from 1-6pm, fun contests plus a delicious Oktoberfest menu.  Prost!
Address: 42155 Main Road, Peconic, New York

What to do this weekend.. Sept 25 & 26th

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Oktoberfest, Mix Tape Exhibit, Sag Harbor Music Festival and more..

 

Discover what’s happening in Riverhead this weekend (September 25th & 26th). Plus, if you are heading further east to the Hamptons, we have what’s happening there too!

 

Oktoberfest: Reflections Art in the Park

 

Celebrate Oktoberfest during Reflextions Riverhead this Saturday, September 25th (rain date Sunday, September 26th) beginning at 4pm. The event will feature four local craft breweries: Peconic County Brewing, Tradewinds Brewing, North Fork Brewing Co., and Long Ireland Beer Co. 

 

This premiere Oktoberfest event on the East End will feature live music and entertainment from “Who Are Those Guys”, an Americana, country, and folk group from Mattituck. In addition, there will be a Beer Stein Holding Contest, Costume Contest, and German inspired food from Seaside Grill. All are welcome! This is a free family friendly event. 

 

The Reflextions Riverhead event will take place after the Oktoberfest celebration from 8-10pm at Grangebel Park in Downtown Riverhead. Stroll about the park and witness plenty of Instagrammable moments! 

 

Reflextions is an interactive art experience that features an assortment of light, including illuminated sculptures and exhibits. The lighting elements include LED, black light, photo luminescent displays, and even fire! 

Illumination event will include various live performing arts.

Reflextions Riverhead is hosted by the Riverhead Business Improvement District. It is made possible with public funding from Suffolk County and grants from I LOVE NY, Discover Long Island, and East End Tourism Alliance.

 

Riverhead Town Cleanup

 

Come together and help make Riverhead even more beautiful with our morning cleanup. The Riverhead Town Cleanup will take place before Oktoberfest on Saturday, September 25th from 8am-10pm. Supplies for the cleanup can be picked up at Riverhead Town Hall between 8-9am that Saturday. 

 

The cleanup is sponsored by The Riverhead Anti-Litter Committee in partnership with Relic Sustainability. To register, please email: deborahjwetzel [at] gmail [dot] com. 

 

24th Annual Snapper Tournament

 

The 24th Annual Snapper Tournament will be held Saturday, September 25th from 11am-3pm. Registration begins at 10am. Pre-register by September 24th to guarantee a shirt. Shirts are available to the first 50 registrants. Ages 15 and under are $10, and those ages 16 and up are $20. Hot dogs are available for all registrants. Bring your own bait.

 

East End Arts Gallery Mix Tape Exhibition

 

The Mix Tape exhibition, featuring works by Ernie Paniccioli, Julie Kramer, and Louis Navas will take place from September 25th-November 13th, 2021. The art exhibition will showcase captured moments of the 90’s hip hop, R&B, post-punk, alternative rock, and grunge using photography from Rock & Roll Hall of Fame music historian, Ernie Paniccioli, and veteran WFNX radio disc jockey, Julie Kramer. It will also include in-gallery mixed-genre performances by the East end Arts Rock band. 

 

The opening reception, hosted by Julier Kramer and Mark MK will take place on Saturday, September 25th from 4-8pm. There will be two locations: EEA Main Gallery at 133 E. Main Street, and 11 West Gallery at 11 W. Main Street, both in Riverhead. 

 

The fall gallery hours are Thursdays from 12-5pm, Fridays from 2-7pm, and Saturdays from 12-5pm. 

 

There will also be a Virtual Artist Talk, brought to you by Mark MK on Tuesday, October 19th beginning at 6pm. 

 

Dinner and a Movie Performances at Suffolk Theater

 

Suffolk Theater in Riverhead will host the following show performances over the weekend: Al Di Meola on Friday, September 24th, and Melvin Seals and JGB on Sunday, September 26th. For both events, the doors, bar and restaurant will open at 6:30pm. Both shows will begin at 8pm, respectively. 

 

What’s happening in the Hamptons this weekend?

 

Sag Harbor American Music Festival

 

The Sag Harbor American Music Festival is an annual, free musical event taking place from Thursday, September 23rd-Sunday, September 26th, 2021. All shows take place outdoors, rain or shine. The festival features a wide variety of local musicians and bands that perform and several different business outlets and public venues throughout Sag Harbor. 

 

Bands and musicians on the schedule include Hopefully Forgiven, Alfredo Merat Trio, Soul Inscribed, Bodega Tall Boys, Nancy Atlas Project, Chloe Halpin, Gene Casey and The Lone Sharks, and Winston Irie & The Selective Security Band. Venues include the Marine Park, Steinbeck Park, Sag Harbor Inn, Baron’s Cove, Sen Restaurant, and Sag Pizza. 

 

By Vanessa Gordon

 

Wine by the Vines

Enjoy an early autumn afternoon on the patio overlooking the vines at Southold Historical Museum’s “Wine by the Vines” event at Pellegrini Vineyards. You’ll be offered a choice of several fine Pellegrini wines, along with gourmet sandwiches and sweets. Reservations required.

Annual Maritime Festival

Artisan Craft Vendors and Food Vendors
Saturday & Sunday 10:00am-5:00pm.

Saturday, September 18th

Saturday the parade is at 11am – Look for the new Merry Merfolk Boat Float!

Power Squadron – (Sat & Sun)

Mystic Whaler 1 hour Cruises – Sat (11am, 1pm, 3pm, 5pm) & Sun (1pm, 3pm)
To reserve: https://mysticwhalercruises.com/schedule

Kayak Races – Sat – Behind Porto Bello & The Carousel on the beach 2pm set up 3pm race.

Capt Kids Alley – kids activities with treasure chest Sat & Sun – Mitchell Park

DJ in the Park Sat 7pm – 9pm

USCG – Helicopter rescue demo – Sat
Coast Guard Aux – Sat & Sun

Coffee Sack Race – Sat & Sun

Bug Light Lighthouse Cruise, Saturday, 4:30pm-6:30pm.

Sunday, September 19th

Chowder Contest – Sun 12 – 3pm – In the Greenport Boat Yard on Carpenter Street

Story Time in the Park – William Floyd Library – – Sun 1-2

Snapper Contest – Sun – Mitchell Park Village Dock – 2pm sign up 3pm start

Irish Step Dancing in the Park Sat – Sun

Columbia – Tall Ship

Electric Boat Harbor Tours by the Glory

Classic Wooden Boats & Ice Boats

End Up Here: A North Fork Weekend Getaway

Hellenic Snack Bar, East Marion

The North Fork of Long Island is considered the heart and soul of the East End. This is where to discover dozens and dozens of longtime local businesses, mom and pop shops, farms, and vineyards. In fact, the North Fork is home to over three-dozen wineries from Calverton to Greenport.

 

 

 

Where to Stay

Located at the gateway to the North Fork, what better way to start your vacation than by staying at the Preston House & Hotel, across the way from the popular Long Island Aquarium. The Preston House is also within walking distance to several notable shops and restaurants on Main Street like Star Confectionery, Farm Country Kitchen, Che Argentinian Steakhouse, and Tweed’s. The twenty-room boutique hotel entwines Civil War era history with a chic and modern design and luxurious amenities. They also have an on-site restaurant.

For a stay filled with historic charm, come to Jedediah Hawkins Inn on Jamesport Ave. in Riverhead. Their onsite restaurant offers indoor and outdoor dining for dinner and brunch on the weekends. Each of their six guestrooms is distinctively unique from the fanciful and unexpected to more traditional in decor. Their luxurious rooms offer fireplaces, smart TVs, streaming Netflix, garden views, and more. Perfect romantic weekend destination, Jedediah Hawkins Inn guests will receive a voucher from their winery partners for complimentary wine tastings, and more. For an evening cap, the Inn is also home to a speakeasy.

Continue into the North Fork and come to The Farmhouse B&B in Cutchogue. Under new ownership, the bed and breakfast is a renovated farmhouse fit with beautifully appointed bedrooms and en suite bathrooms. Guests are treated to a full country breakfast including fresh eggs from their own farm. Fresh baked cookies and fruit are available in the afternoon. Spend the afternoons reading on their wraparound porch and in the evenings, watch the sunset around the backyard fire pit. Nearby farm stands are Sang Lee Farms and Wickham’s Fruit Farm, which is within walking distance of the B&B.

In East Marion, the Coffey House Bed and Breakfast is open year-round and offers three charming traditional bedrooms and one spacious luxurious suite. All guestrooms are furnished with antique wrought iron queen size beds, high quality plush comforters and linens, and bathrobes. In their living, guests will find a selection of board games, books, and a cozy fireplace. The recreation area in the finished basement includes a pool table, and a large flat screen television and a full DVD library. The Coffey House serves their signature three-course breakfast that may include cinnamon pecan scones, a fresh fruit parfait, and their farm-to-table frittatas.

Where to Explore

Of course, a trip to the North Fork is never complete without exploring their vast array of wineries. Currently there are forty wineries across the North Fork including Macari Vineyards, Palmer Vineyards, Jamesport Vineyards, and Raphael Winery. Each winery and tasting room offers a unique and distinctive experience. Live music, events, food trucks, and so much more pop up and take place at the North Fork wineries year-round so there’s always something new to experience.

Round out your visit by checking out some of the terrific breweries across the North Fork, including Greenport Harbor Brewery and Restaurant, Jamesport Farm Brewery, and North Fork Brewing Company. Live music and food trucks also pop up regularly at the breweries. Tours and reservations are usually made in advance, and the breweries on the North Fork can be quite family friendly.

Great options for the whole family include the Long Island Aquarium, and touring and shopping at the dozens of farms and farm stands across the North Fork. Two in particular to note are Catapano Dairy Farm where you can enjoy Baby Goat Yoga on the weekends or schedule a farm tour during the week, and Lavender By the Bay. Lavender By the Bay has two locations: one in Calverton and one in East Marion. Purchase fresh lavender bunches and other gifts for family and friends back home.

Where to Dine

Start your day at Star Confectionery on Main Street in Riverhead. Star Confectionery is a classic soda fountain restaurant open for breakfast and lunch. They serve up classics like omelets and French Toast for breakfast, and a Classic Tuna Melt and Reuben for lunch, as well as homemade ice cream and holiday chocolates. Another great classic eatery on the North Fork is Modern Snack Bar on Main Road in Aquebogue. Modern Snack Bar is a landmark on the East End, known for their warm, friendly hospitality and delicious home cooking. Must try dishes include their Roast Turkey, Stuffed Flounder, and finishing with a slice of their famous Lemon Meringue pie.

For lunch (or dinner), head to Hellenic Snack Bar in East Marion, which happens to be a neighbor of the Coffey House Bed and Breakfast. Hellenic serves up a variety of homemade Greek specialties like Saganaki and Grilled Tomatoes, Pastichio, and Moussaka. Finish with a selection of their homemade Hellenic Gelato. Another great option for a weekend lunch or early dinner is Noah’s in Greenport. Noah’s is known for their new American small plates with an emphasis on local, seasonal ingredients. Dishes to try include Peconic Bay Little Neck Clams, Crescent Farm Duck BBQ, and Rhubarb Glazed Baby Back Ribs.

For dinner, the North Fork Table & Inn has been highly regarded for years as one of the best restaurants on the North Fork, if not Long Island. At the helm is Michelin starred Chef John Fraser who has recently revitalized the historic property and continues to emphasize the farm to table philosophy that embodies much of the North Fork. Chef Fraser is also recognized as one of the world’s leading vegetable chefs. In addition to dinner Thursday-Sunday, brunch is served on the weekends. They also have an onsite food truck Friday-Sunday.

Lastly, Cooperage Inn in Baiting Hollow is a top-rated American restaurant loved by locals and visitors alike. Cooperage Inn boasts a cozy and relaxed atmosphere and is a particularly popular destination for family gatherings, especially during the holiday season. Popular dishes include Mussels Brousse, Lobster Clam Bake, Chicken Pot Pie, and the Roasted Half Duck.

Where to Shop

The North Fork is home to a diverse array of small businesses, mom and pop shops, markets, and farms for purchasing gifs for yourself or friends and family back home. The North Fork’s antique and vintage shops, for example, sell everything from vintage clothes and accessories to antique furniture and art. The variety of unique treasures at these shops is just waiting to be discovered! Notable shops to check out include Lumber + Salt in Jamesport, In the Attic Too in Laurel, and North Found in Peconic.

Visiting the farm stands across the North Fork will allow you to sample the incredible local bounty of this region. From pies and jams at Briermere Farms and organic produce at Sang Lee Farms to fresh eggs and honey at Browder’s Birds and fresh milk at Ty Llywd Farm, you are bound to find so many delicious treats to bring home and sample throughout your trip.

For shopping day trips, walk down Love Lane in Mattituck and discover so many great shopping options, including the Village Cheese Shop for local and international cheeses. Then, continue heading east to Greenport Village to find a great selection of shops for everyone in the family from children’s clothing shops to a unique hot sauce store called Greenport Fire.

With so many ways to support the local businesses of the North Fork, it is certain you will not leave empty handed.

Where to Play

There are so many activities for everyone to take part in across the North Fork as part of a weekend getaway. Round out your visit to the North Fork by diving into some watersport activities at Peconic Water Sports in Southold. Peconic Water Sports offers boating rentals, charters, fishing excursions, wakeboarding, waterskiing, and more.

For activities on land, the Eastern Long Island Kampground offers luxury safari tents, an archery range, a recreation center, outdoor pool, and a moonlight theater. The safari tents even have private showers and full bathrooms for the ultimate glamping experience!

Discover Harbes Family Farm for the whole family with activities in season like hayrides, farm animals, and harvest events, fruit, and vegetable picking in season. Pick fresh apples, peaches, pumpkins, watermelon, corn, and much more depending upon which season you visit.

There are also a variety of festivals across the North Fork each year like the Mattituck Lions Strawberry Festival in June, the North Fork TV Festival in August, the Long Island Garlic Festival and Maritime Festival in September.

 

 

 

Jedediah Hawkins
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