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Saturday
Sep272014

Fall Pickins

When it comes to pumpkins and apples there’re a lot to pick from, but being somewhat local, we tend to avoid the picking frenzy and aim for something more gentile and authentic.

Photos by David KorchinSo when we're scouting out pumpkins, we look for small stands and farms with fields bursting in shades or orange, yellow and green, a small tractor pulling a load of hay with a few children and adults bouncing happily about, bales of hay strewn about and the quintessential haunted corn maze that’s been terrifying and sending people down the wrong path for ages. Pure and simple. Krupski’s on Rte 25 is one of our favorites. We look forward to their giant jack-o-lantern face glowing on the side of the barn at night, marking the start of pumpkin season. It’s the fourth generation of Krupski’s who tend to the 70+ acres producing pumpkins and gourds since the mid 70’s. The Krupski’s have a long tradition of farming on the North Fork so once the pumpkin ritual concludes be sure to stop inside the farm stand where you can stock up on some fresh produce to accompany your well chosen pumpkin.

For apples we head to Woodside Orchards, now with two locations, Jamesport and Aquebogue, where 20 varietals of apples grow, ready for you to pick. Another family run farm established in 1982 with apple picking at its core. Grab a bushel or two and head out amongst the fields to find your perfect score. Then follow your nose to the barn where you’ll find a variety of pies, doughnuts, cider and apple treats to follow you home.

For the best of the season right off the shelves try the Pumpkin Preserves at A Taste of the North Fork or the Aged Red Apple Balsamic at Vines and Branches.

Saturday
Sep272014

Our Top 10 Favorites for Fall

Photo by David KorchinHere are some of our favorite things to do when autumn hits the North Fork. Grab a bowl of chowder and some oysters at Blue Canoe. A fennel sausage pizza from 1943 Pizza Bar. Have a glass or two of Pinot at McCall Wines. Wander through Orient Village. Savor a foamy latte at Aldo's. Take a walk through Shinn Estate Vineyards. Collect driftwood along the Sound's beaches. Grab 9 holes at Cedars Golf Course. Go pumpkin and apple picking. Enjoy late afternoon cocktails on the beach with plenty of blankets, wine and a picnic basket from Fork & Anchor.

Saturday
Sep272014

The Trails of Inlet Pond

All Photos by David KorchinWhether it be woodland, wetland, shoreline or vernal pool you desire, the trails throughout the North Fork are sure to hit the mark. But when you’re looking for it all our favorite is Inlet Pond Park located on the grounds of the Audubon Society in Greenport.

The Red, Yellow, Blue and White trails throughout are well marked and are as varied as their destinations. We chose the Blue Trail through the woodlands and oak forest that led us to the serene Inlet Pond. Don’t be surprised if you run across a loon or two (of the feathered kind) while on the observation platform.

Continuing on the Blue Trail we found ourselves being led out of the shrubs and vines to the Soundfront beach which was the perfect setting for our late afternoon picnic, teepee and all.

There are many more paths to discover at Inlet Pond. Our next adventure... the Red Trail to Prentice Pond. Download a trail map and find your path here.

Saturday
Sep272014

Don't Leave Home Without It

Today’s modern adventurer knows it’s important to pack their iPhone or iPad along with the picnic basket. So if you plan on hiking some trails this fall here are some great apps that will help you identify that yellow feathered bird overhead, deal with that three leaf plant you just brushed up against and guide you home when every direction feels south.

iBird
This interactive field guide lets you search North American birds by color, shape, habitat, and location. $4.99 on iTunes 
Howcast

Learn how to do anything including identifying and treating poison ivy. FREE on iTunes
Compass Go

Find your way back or the direction to a specific place, in the easiest way! $0.99 on iTunes

Saturday
Sep272014

Did Someone Say Pie?

Photo by David KorchinHere on the North Fork one can't mention apple pie without Briermere Farms. Baking pies since 1961, Gertrude and Leonard McCombe have built a small empire with their freshly baked fruit pies. It's mecca to pie lovers so don't leave the North Fork without picking up one or two. Some local favorites... strawberry-rhubarb, raspberry-peach or the blackbery-apple. Good thing to note, it's cash only, so don't forget the green.

Saturday
Sep272014

AND THAT'S NOT ALL

There's still more of the Fall Issue of northfrkd to come. We'll be out scouting for the next few weeks so be sure to come back to see what we've uncovered.