Thursday, November 4, 2010

North Fork Long Island Foodie Tour

Back in September, Camille, Henry and I spent the day touring the North Fork of Long Island on a "foodie tour".  We hit most of the spots on our "must see" list -- a lavender farm, oyster farm, egg farm, goat dairy farm, duck farm, micro-greens greenhouse and packing facility, a winery -- and had a fabulous lobster roll at THE LUNCH TRUCK, which is owned by the quintessential locavore couple Gerry Hayden and Claudia Fleming of the North Fork Table and Inn (where I ran into a local Hamptons foodie who I knew only by email, Alexandra Sofis Hudson. Alexandra's pulled pork sandwich looked so good). Please be sure to visit the websites and the farms (addresses and links below).

Grapes at McCall Wines
 McCall Wines in Cutchogue (their Pinot Noir was recently featured in The New York Times) also raises grass-fed Charolias cattle. Russ McCall led a nice tour.
Lavendar By the Bay
 A slice of Provence on the east end of Long Island, our (very French) host was a delight.
Lavendar By the Bay - Close up with a honey bee

Lavender By the Bay -- honey tasting (Henry Owsley, Camille)
 Lavender by the Bay also sells dozens of lavender products in the shop and honey products made by the bees in the several hives on property.
Catapano Goat Dairy Farm
 I love these goats.. I've been buying Catapano dairy products for a long time (love the feta) and it was so much fun to hang with the girls.
Waiting to be milked...

North Fork Egg Farm - Camille collecting just laid eggs
 It was delightful to see our teen daughter so excited by the goats and the chickens and the eggs.
North Fork Egg Farm - hens feeding

North Fork Egg Farms' Dairy Cow
Parked at the North Fork Table and Inn

The Lunch Truck's Menu
 Nuts for lobster rolls (especially since they're made from local lob-stahs), that's what Henry and I had (Camille loved the cookies). Very generous portions and fair prices. Next time, I'm going for the pulled pork.
Koppert Cress Micro Vegetable Greenhouse
 Unbelievable 30,000 square foot greenhouse growing micro-greens and micro-vegetables for New York's best restaurants. Lovely staff and impressive business model.
Oyster shucking at Pipes Cove Oysters
 Loved meeting Captain Dave Berson at this very basic and very cook farming and sorting facility.
Captain Dave Berson - oyster man and conservationist
 Delicious Pipes Cove Oysters...
Long Island Pekin Duck -- Quack Quack!
From East to West....purveyors that we visited who are open to the public and sell their goods

7540 Main Road
Marion, LI
A variety of home and culinary lavender and honey products. Some local, many from France. 

Pipes Coves Oysters can be found at the Frisky Oyster Bar in Greenport

49900 Route 48
Southold, LI
Call first, 631-477-6307, to purchase eggs at the farm

33705 North Road
Peconic, LI 
Seasonal shop selling dairy and bath products made from goat's milk. Call for hours, days, 631-765-8042

25180 Rt. 48 
Peconic, LI
Organically grown vegetables with many varieties of Asian greens. Also sells many kinds of pesto sauces, dressings. Buy at the farm or online

23423 Route 48 
A 30,000 greenhouse where some of the most interesting agriculture on the North Fork is happening. Primarily serving the wholesale and restaurant market, their fascinatingly beautiful, delicious and very tiny micro-greens and micro-vegetables can be found at New York's top restaurants (look for tiny little greens on top of your plate next time you eat at Eleven Madison Park, Daniel, or Nobu)

8595 Cox Lane 
A big business in a tiny space selling products wholesale and retail that are made from locally grown fruits and vegetables, herbs. Vinegars, chutneys, fruit, wine and mint jams and jellies, dressings,  baked goods, gift baskets and so much more.

22600 Main Road

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