Foodie Tour 2011

Date: Sunday, September 11, 2011 
Time: 10:00 am – 4:00 pm 
Where: The North Fork of Long Island — Jamesport to Orient. Tour headquarters will be the Peconic Land Trust’s Agricultural Center, 3005 Youngs Ave, between Routes 25 and 48, Southold. 
What: Get to know the extraordinary people who have dedicated their lives to producing unique local foods, and learn how they do it:

  • A self-guided day of tours, visits and events celebrating the locally produced food and the North Fork’s artisanal food producers, including organic vegetable farms, lavender farm, goat dairy, boutique confectionary, special wineries, and exotic micro-vegetables. 



Peconic Land Trust Agricultural Center at Charnews Farm, a 23.4 acre North Fork farm, was purchased by the Peconic Land Trust in 2008 with the help of Southold Town’s land preservation funds. The Trust has returned the long-fallow farm to cultivation and its 1889 farmhouse is now occupied. Sang Lee Farms is in their third year of leasing about 18 acres to enhance their organic food production, Chris Browder is raising poultry, Stephanie Gaylor grows unusual tomatoes, and Dan Machin grows 100 vegetable varieties on his small parcel. Individual 4’ X 12’ plots are leased by about 25 individuals and several school groups, who are growing their own vegetables.


  • 11:00 AM- Tomatoes you’ve never heard of, tasted, nor seen. Steph Gaylor of Invincible Summer Farms, grows over 700 varieties of heirloom vegetables, including 350 rare heirloom tomatoes and 250 rare heirloom peppers. She will host a tomato tasting of diverse varieties that are only a handful of people of growing.
  • All Day — Dishes made with local ingredients prepared by members of Slow Food, a global, grassroots movement with thousands of members around the world that links the pleasure of food with a commitment to community and the environment.


2:00 PM  Chris Browder gives a talk about the rewards and challenges of raising and selling organic pastured poultry at PLT’s Agricultural Center.

Meet the Chefs :

1:00 PM Tom Schaudel, chef of A Mano in Mattituck, demonstrates how to cook fettucini carbonara with pancetta, telleggio, smoked duck and black pepper, and talks about his book Playing with Fire.

3:00 PM John Ross, Suffolk Times food columnist and author of The Food and Wine of the North Fork: Historical Anecdotes and Recipestalks about the evolution of the North Fork as a culinary region.



BEDELL CELLARS, established in 1980, is one of the premier wineries of the North Fork, known for its award-winning wines. Stop by any for a tasting of three merlots in the cellar and learn about their pioneering sustainable viticulture program.

SACRED SWEETS is a couture confectionary studio specializing in exquisite occasion cakes and treats including croissants, cookies, cupcakes, cakepops and truffles all made by hand in Greenport using only the finest ingredients.

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 & FARMHOUSE COOKING SCHOOL 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.

NORTH FORK EGG FARM See the movable coop system, described in Michael Pollan’s book The Omnivore’s Dilemma and the filmFood, Inc. at work. The chickens are released each morning to roam on pasture, scratch for bugs to eat and take their dust baths.


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.

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 on the half hour from 10:30 – 2:30.

HALLOCKVILLE MUSEUM FARM – Re-connect with your agricultural and rural heritage and learn about historical farming practices that influence present-day sustainable farming techniques, the Hallockville Community Garden project, and the importance of farmland preservation. Guided tours at 11:00, 1:00, and 3:00.

HARBES FAMILY FARMS – Take an old-fashioned hay ride around the farm and learn how the Harbes family turned a struggling potato farm into a thriving business by switching from commodity-driven wholesale production to value added retail farming, growing a wide variety of crops and using new sustainable, reduced-tillage farming techniques. Tours at 11:00, 1:00,3:00.

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 10:30, 11:30, 12:30, 1:30, 2:30, 3:30.

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, 2:30, 3:30.

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 p.m.SHINN ESTATE VINEYARDS – Learn about the vineyard’s low-impact sustainable farming, taste the results. New this year: chickens & bees. Guided walking tour at 12 noon.

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 raises DeKalb Gold chickens, ducks and geese; and grows vegetables and unusual varieties of potatoes. Tours at 10 a.m., 11, 12 p.m., 1, 2, and 3. Limited to 15 people per tour.

Tickets are $25 (Children under 12 free.)

TO ORDER TICKETS in advance send your check to:

North Fork Reform Synagogue 
P.O. Box 1625 
Southold, NY 11971

Or click here to order on line .

Tickets are available in advance at:

GALLERY M, 308A Main St., Greenport 
COMPLEMENT THE CHEF, 53740 Main Rd., Southold 
BARTH’S DRUG STORE, 195 Love Lane, Mattituck 
BARTH’S DRUG STORE, 32 E Main Street, Riverhead

Tickets may also purchased on the day of the tour, after 9 a.m. at The Peconic Land Trust Ag Center at Charnews Farm (see map below) or after 10 a.m. at any place participating in the tour.

For more information: Call 631.722.5712 

PLT Ag Center at Charnews Farm — 3005 Young Av., Southold, NY 
PLT ag center map 


Fred Lee Explains How Sang Lee Farms Operates 

Fred Lee talks to Foodie Tour visitors to Sang Lee Farms

Photo Courtesy of Nohra Corredor