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Planning ahead: North Fork Foodie Tour

Cornish Cross chickens crowd the fence in the

Cornish Cross chickens crowd the fence in the pasture at Browder's Birds in Southold. Browder's Birds offers pasturized poultry CSA share in New York City and the North Fork. (2009) Photo Credit: Chris Browder

Sunday, Sept. 11 is the date of the fifth annual North Fork Foodie Tour, sponsored by the North Fork Reform Synagogue. This self-guided tour takes you to more than a dozen of the area’s best farms, wineries and food artisans — many of them granting access to areas or programs that are usually off limits to visitors.

Some participants, like Koppert Cress microgreens in Cutchogue, Croteaux Vineyards in Southold and Sacred Sweets in Greenport, offer tours all day. Other events are scheduled, like the guided tours at McCall Wines in Cutchogue (every hour from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.) and Hallockville Museum Farm in Jamesport (11 a.m., 1 and 3 p.m.).

Tour headquarters is at Southold’s Charnews Farm, site of the Peconic Land Trust Agricultural Center, where Slow Food’s East End chapter will be manning a tasting table all day.

The farm will also be hosting some special events: 

11 a.m. Heirloom-vegetable farmer Steph Gaylor (of Invincible Summer Farms) presides over a rare-tomato tasting. 

1 p.m. Chef Tom Schaudel (A Mano, Mattituck; A Lure, Southold) demonstrates fettuccine carbonara and signs copies of his book, Playing with Fire: Whining and Dining on the Gold Coast.

2 p.m. Chris Browder of Browder's Birds discusses the raising and marketing of organic, pastured chickens.

3 p.m. John Ross, the dean of North Fork gastronomy, explores the evolution of the North Fork as a culinary region.

Tickets are $25; children under 12 are free. Tickets can be purchased in advance at Gallery M in Greenport, Complement the Chef in Southold and Barths’ Pharmacies in Mattituck and Riverhead. The day of the tour, tickets can be purchased at Charnews Farm (3005 Youngs Ave., Southold) after 9 a.m. and at any stop on the tour after 10 a.m. Click here for more information, here to purchase tickets online.

Chris Browder's chickens at Charnews Farm in Southold

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