Discovering Eastern Long Island’s North Fork

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the 3T wine trip, the three tomatoesBy Rhea Albert

On a hot humid August day I joined a group for a brief tour of Long Island’s North Fork.

This area is where farmers and  vintners make their living from the rich soil and is the antithesis of the Hamptons very tony area on the South Fork.

Our first stop was Peconic Herb farm on 14 riverfront acres of lush greenery  in Calverton New York.

Discovering Eastern Long Island's North Fork, travel, the three tomatoesThere are 8 greenhouses filled with fragrant & garden worthy plants in addition to herbs.  The garden shop OUTSIDE IN (see picture) specializes in vintage goods for garden & home including furniture, lighting, accessories, wall decor, pottery, planters, garden art, old tools, hardware, vintage clothes, and just plain fun stuff and a thrift store on the second level.

Many of our group were dragging all kinds of plants to the cashier.

Onto Greenport, a jewel of a quaint  town.   It was a whaling and shipbuilding port in the 1700 & 1800’s.  During the 20th century  it was a huge oystering center with over a dozen oystering plants.There are many quaint shops such as  Set up with tasting of olive oils and balsamic vinegars, one can actually know what one is purchasing.  The shop was bustling as folks were elbowing their way in to taste the varieties offered.

Across the street was this a darling carousel that was filled with laughing children right on a beautiful waterfront tableau.

Discovering Eastern Long Island's North Fork

Our destination was the famous Claudios for lunch.  There is the main restaurant plus a clam bar and Crabby Jerrys – the last two more open air.

Discovering Eastern Long Island's North Fork

I opted for flounder stuffed with crabmeat which was quite tasty.  But I saved room as I always stop in D’Latte – also on Main Street for a gelato — hey it was hot & this was a tasty treat.

What’s a tour of this area for a Tomato without a stop at one of the many wineries…So we stopped at Pindar Vineyards – in Peconic.  Founded in early 1980’s on 500 acres.  They grow 17 varieties of grapes crafting them into 23 varietals.  A wine tasting of 5 wines is $10 and all their products are for sale and they do ship.

Pindar also offers Sunset Fridays w/live music on their  back deck.  A pavilion holds larger parties. A wine tasting of 5 wines is $10.

Discovering Eastern Long Island's North Fork

Across the street were two farm stands so I had to go across and pick up some Long Island white corn .

Our last stop was the famous Briermere  Farms in Riverhead.  While they have all kinds of fresh vegetables and  fruits they are really known for their home made pies offering 28 kinds  plus 17 homemade jams.

Discovering Eastern Long Island's North Fork

And so ends a lovely day on Long Island.

Editor’s Note:  The North Fork has many wonderful Bed & Breakfast inns like our travel partner, Arbor View House.

Rhea Albert lives on Long Island and loves exploring the world and sharing her travels with us.


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2 Responses

  1. David Rogers says:

    Can’t wait to take my own visit to the North Fork.

    Your favorite nephew….

  2. Mary says:

    Loved the article. Our Long Island is such a great place filled with so many things to see and do. Thank you for letting me experience it through your eyes.

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