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North Fork Foodie Tour 2013

209636-250The North Fork of Long Island celebrates the ongoing tradition of sustainable farming, vineyards and fishing with the 7th ‘North Fork Foodie Tour’ on September 8th. The annual tour offers visitors a chance to meet the extraordinary people, farmers, wine makers, fishermen and artisan who have dedicated their lives to

producing unique local foods and wines and to learn how they do it.
You can purchase tickets and pick up a map of tour locations and information on times of special events anytime after 9 a.m. at Peconic Land Trusts Agricultural Center at Charnews Farm, Youngs Avenue between Rts. 25 and 48. Then you’re off on your own personal do-as-you please foodie tour.
View exhibits and cooking demonstrations at Charnews Farm and visit farms and food producers throughout the North Fork, including:
KOPPERT CRESS searches the world for unusual varieties of aromatic herbs grown as micro-vegetables. Restaurants use them as exotic garnishes for their most elegant dishes.
CROTEAUX VINEYARD specializes in rosé wine. Idyllic barnyard, vineyard, tastings and recipes.
LAVENDER BY THE BAY offers fresh-cut and dried lavender, lavender plants and
products. Learn about beekeeping, lavender culture and lore.
TASTE OF THE NORTH FORK produces food products made with local ingredients: pestos, jams and jellies, mustards, vinegars, dessert sauces, teas and more. See the kitchen where they are made and have a taste.
BLOSSOM MEADOW HONEY produces high-end artisanal raw and unfiltered honeys, beeswax candles, restorative personal care products, and beeswax crayons. Taste the honey, view a working observation hive and learn how those beeswax products are made.
 SPECIAL EVENTS/LIMITED TOURS
BROWDER’S BIRDS – Chris and Holly Browder raise organic poultry using the movable coop system described in Michael Pollan’s book The Omnivore’s Dilemma and the film Food, Inc. Meet them at barn at Charnews Farm at for a special walking tour and talk about their unique operation. One tour ONLY at 1:00 pm.
CATAPANO DAIRY FARM small and family operated, it raises goats and makes fresh milk cheeses, yogurts, fudge and goat milk skincare products. Guided tours at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3.

North Fork Bounty from Shorecrest vegetable garden

GOODALE FARMS – Long Island’s only full scale dairy offering cow and goat milk and many types of farmstead cheeses and other dairy products. Cheese making demonstration at 10:00 am. Goat milking at 4:00.
THE FARM Learn about biodynamic farming techniques that produce extraordinary flowers and vegetables, especially heirloom tomatoes, and heal the earth at the same time. Tours at 11:30, 12:30, 1:30 ana 2:30.
KRUPSKI’S FARM – Al Krupski takes you into his fields to show and tell you how his multi-generational family have made their farm thrive by changing their focus from a limited number of wholesale crops to a diverse offering of vegetables, fruits, and free range poultry sold retail. Tours at 11:30, 12:30, 1:30, 2:30, 3:30.
THE SQUARE – Award winning Chef Keith Luce, takes you on tasting tour of his new Greenport venture which includes MAIN – a casual restaurant featuring local seafood, PREP – a take-out window purveying flatbread pizzas and house-cured meats, NOSH – which features house-made ice creams, baked goods, salads, sandwiches, teas and coffees and MEET- a wine and spirit tasting room & artisan food shop. One tour only at 1:00 pm.
McCALL WINES – In addition to producing wines served at some of Manhattan’s finest restaurants, this historic 100 acre farmstead raises grass-feed Charolias cattle, a French breed known for their low-fat meat, and sells rare speciality cheeses. Russ McCall leads tours of this beautiful property at 10:30, 11:30, 12:30, 1:30.

 

SANG LEE FARMS shows its organically grown vegetables, heirloom tomatoes, baby greens, mesclun, herbs, flowers and specialty Asian greens. Tastings all day. Guided tour and talk at 2:00 p.m.
SHINN ESTATE VINEYARDS Learn about the vineyard’s low-impact sustainable farming, taste the results. Only ONE guided walking tour with wine tastings at 12 noon. [At other times Foodie Tourists get a free taste with any purchased tasting.]
SATUR FARMS specializes in leafy vegetables, heirloom tomatoes, root vegetables and
herbs that it sells to the region’s high end restaurants which demand the finest ingredients. Open only for one guided walking tour at 11:30 a m.
TY LLWYD FARM has been an active family farm since 1870. It is the only certified raw milk dairy on Long Island. It raises DeKalb Gold chickens, ducks and geese; and grows vegetables and unusual varieties of potatoes. Tours at 1:00 and 3:00. Limited to 15 people per tour.Tickets – $25, Children under 12 free.

My Morning Walk in Southold on the North Fork of Long Island

My Morning Walk through the gardenMy morning walk on the beachIMG_0522This June morning was perfect weather for a walk on the beach and through the Shorecrest Bed and Breakfast gardens. Sitting by the waters edge on the Long Island Sound beach in Southold, listening to the sound of the waves lapping gently on the shore and the birds calling was so relaxing and beautiful I made a short video to share with you. You can see it on the Shorecrest Bed and Breakfast Facebook Page. Enjoy, and please come visit soon.

North Fork Long Island Memorial Day Weekend Events by Shorecrest Bed and Breakfast

Visitors to Greenport on Long Island on Memorial Day weekend, beginning Friday, May 25th, will be treated to a variety of entertainments.

Tall Ships

This is a fantastic chance to see some of the world’s most beautiful ships under full sail. The ships will arrive on Friday the 25th and will stay until departure on Tuesday May the 29th. While the ships are docked in Greenport, all visitors are welcome to step aboard and chat with the members of the ships crews. The overwhelming beauty of the ships on the move in full sail is magnificent, being able to step aboard and chat with the crew is the hypothetical icing on the cake.

c/o Tall Ships America

Some of the ships you can expect to see in port are:

  • The Pride of Baltimore
  • The Pride of Baltimore II
  • Picton Castle
  • The H.M.S. Bounty
  • John J. Harvey Fireboat
  • The Lynx
  • Unicorn

These boats are part of the Tall Ships Challenge Race Series that originates in Savannah, Georgia. Once the vessels depart from Greenport, they are headed to Newport, Rhode Island, and then onto Halifax and Nova Scotia. The ships are commemorating the bicentennial celebration of the War of 1812.

Visitors who want to tour the ships and interact with crew members will be able to do so from Saturday, May 26th until Monday, May 28th from 10am until 6pm. There is no charge for children 12 and under, adult tickets are $7, and senior or veteran tickets are $5. The Shorecrest Bed and Breakfast Inn will offer free Tall Ships tickets to those who stay over for the three night Memorial Day weekend. While visiting the ships don’t forget to check out the vendors in town and on Front Street. They will close each day at 6pm. Also, remember to bring your camera!

Long Island Wine Country Spring Passports

While enjoying your stay on Long Island during Memorial Day weekend 2012, take the time to enjoy the 2012 Long Island Wine Country Spring Passport event. This event began on March 31st and runs through June 2nd. Long Island wine aficionados can pick up their passport for free at any one of the following participating wineries.

  • Anthony Nappa
  • Baiting Hollow Farm Vineyard
  • Bedell Cellars
  • Castello di Borghese Vineyard & Winery
  • Clovis Point
  • Comtesse Therese Winery & Bistro
  • Corey Creek
  • Croteaux
  • Diliberto Winery
  • Duck Walk Vineyards North
  • Duck Walk Vineyards South
  • Empire State Cellars
  • Gramercy Vineyards
  • Harbes Family Farm & Winery
  • Jamesport Vineyards
  • Jason’s Vineyard
  • Lieb Family Cellars
  • Macari Vineyards & Winery
  • Martha Clara
  • Old Field
  • Palmer
  • Peconic Bay
  • Pellegrini
  • Pugliese
  • Raphael
  • Roanoke
  • Sannino Bella Vita
  • Scarola
  • Sherwood House
  • Shinn Estate
  • Sparkling Pointe
  • Suhru
  • T’Jara
  • Waters Crest
  • Wolffer Estate

Those who visit at least ten of the wineries that are participating in this event will receive a complementary tasting of a listed featured wine along with the purchase of any in-house tastings. Visitors should have their passports stamped at the wineries after purchasing a minimum of one bottle of that winery or vineyard’s featured wines. Visitors who have ten stamps on their passports will receive:

  • A chance at winning great prizes that include a fabulous East End Experience and more.
  • The experience of delightful wines and new wineries to visit.
  • 2 tickets for admission for the price of one to the 2012 Taste of Summer event at the Fairgrounds Barn in Old Bethpage Village.

To take advantage of your prizes you must:

  • Turn in your stamped passport at one of the participating wineries before June 1st, 2012.
  • Mail it to LIWC before May 28th, 2012.
  • Bring your stamped passport to the 2012 Taste of Summer event.

North Fork Bed and Breakfast Association Summer Event; Saturday July 16th 2011

Dance on Saturday 16th at Martha Clara Vineyard

Shorecrest Bed and Breakfast will be part of the North Fork Bed and Breakfast Association’s Summer Event, a celebration of tourism and agriculture which takes place this coming Saturday, July 16th.
I’ve been working hard in the Shorecrest garden getting it ready for the visitors who have bought tickets for the garden tour part of the day’s activities. Visitors with the garden tour ticket can start their day with a visit to the Cornell University Extension experimental gardens on Sound Avenue in Riverhead, NY. If you garden on Long Island and would like some great ideas on what will do well here, this is a good place to start. Do you have a sick plant or strange looking insects eating your veggies? These are the people to call or even send them a leaf in the mail; they will get back to you with an explanation and possibly a cure. Cornell is a great resource for both farmers and gardeners.
The tour of the gardens continues in the afternoon from 1pm to 4pm with visits to six bed and breakfast, each of whom will be hosting a local farmer or food producer. Sang Lee will have a stand at Shorecrest and we will be serving fresh mint tea and mint flavored lemonade using our own home grown mint leaves. From 4.30pm to 6.30pm, visitors can purchase tickets for a prix fixe dinner, choosing from one of 9 North Fork restaurants: The Old Mill Inn, Jamesport Manor Inn, The Portly Grape, Scrimshaw, Skippers, Sound View, and Porto Bello will offer their chef’s signature dishes to diners. To end the days with a bang, the NFBBA will be hosting a dance with the music of Trevor Davision at Martha Clara Vineyard from 7:15 to 10:30 p.m.
The bed and breakfast association is donating part of the profits of the summer event to Cornell Cooperative Extension, which supports gardening and agriculture on Long Island and is part of the association’s longstanding commitment to strengthen business on the North Fork while supporting agriculture and tourism.
Tickets can be purchased on line for all or just parts of the event through Brown Paper tickets. To find out more about activities throughout the year, check the association’s website at nfbba.org.
Related Topics: Cornell Cooperative Extension, Martha Clara Vineyards, and North Fork Bed and Breakfast Association

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