Long Island's North Fork: Briermere Farms

I grew up on Eastern Long Island, so I feel qualified to offer up a little geography lesson: Long Island is shaped like a fish. The farther West you go (towards the “head” of the fish), the closer you get to New York City. The other side (the “tail” of the fish) is made up of two forks. There’s the South Fork, or what many know as the Hamptons, and the North Fork, which is lesser known and charming in a different kind of way. 
The Hamptons are lovely, but for some people, it can be scene-y and celebrity driven. I mean, when I go out there with my Mom it’s obviously not, because we just walk around Main Street (every Hampton seems to have a Main Street), go to the Hampton Designer Showhouse (which is open to the public), and basically just relax and pop into shops. But even so, the South Fork (the Hamptons) is definitely a bit more built up, with designer stores and such, and it’s on the ocean, which draws more crowds. 
The North Fork has a different vibe. I’m generalizing, but it’s more rustic, a little more down to Earth, a little more quaint and secluded. (Case in point is the fact that you’ve probably heard of the Hamptons, either by seeing it mentioned on TV or in a movie or hearing about some celeb’s vacation home out there, and yet I’m guessing that most people who are not from Long Island have no idea what the North Fork is or what towns are on it). The road leading out there is gorgeous and scenic, dotted with long expanses of farm stands, vineyards, and adorable country houses.
Anyway, one of my absolute favorite places on the North Fork is Briermere Farms. They sell the MOST yummy pies in the entire world, using fruit that they grow on their farm. There are actually a lot of little farm stands out there that sell pie, which is fine, but Briermere is the BEST. THE BEST, I tell you! My favorite is peach cherry, and their homemade oatmeal raisin cookies are to die for, as well… in fact, I ate so many this past weekend that I probably should have died, but I digress. Check out the country charm:

To read a little more about the North Fork, check out this article in the NYT, where they expound on it’s “Un-Hamptons” qualities.

21 comments

  1. Mariana Hodges says: August 4, 2014

    I love the off the wall places the best! Thanks for sharing. This will definitely be on my East Coast places to visit list! 🙂

    1. Jackie {York Avenue} says: August 5, 2014

      Thanks Mariana! I hope you make it out there, it really is lovely 🙂

  2. Valerie says: August 4, 2014

    This looks lovely! I really fancy some juicy summer fruits now <3 xx

    1. Jackie {York Avenue} says: August 5, 2014

      Yum, me too!

  3. Leslie says: August 4, 2014

    Thanks for the little geography lesson! I'm not from the area, so it's always been a bit of a mystery to me! The North Fork looks lovely and much more my style. I love how down to earth it is! Those pictures are gorgeous.

  4. Seersucker Sass says: August 5, 2014

    How darling! This reminds me so much of the south. Hope you enjoyed your cookies and pie 🙂

    XX, SS || A Little Seersucker Sass

    1. Jackie {York Avenue} says: August 5, 2014

      Thank you so much! I'm sure I would love the South, Charleston especially seems SO historic and beautiful!

  5. Laura (bright and beautiful) says: August 5, 2014

    Wonderful photos! Added to my travel wish list 😉

    1. Jackie {York Avenue} says: August 9, 2014

      Thank you Laura! xo

  6. Eliza says: August 5, 2014

    This place does look really great! I like finding spots to visit that are a little off the beaten path. 🙂 xo

  7. Anonymous says: August 5, 2014

    I grew up on the North Fork of LI and am proud to say that I've consumed many Briermere pies over the years and spent many hours picking peaches at the local farms. Such a wonderful place to grow up. Let's hope it never becomes 'Hampton-ized'!

    1. Jackie {York Avenue} says: August 9, 2014

      Cheers to that! 🙂

  8. Holly says: August 5, 2014

    This looks wonderful and picturesque! And the pies look so yummy 🙂

    1. Jackie {York Avenue} says: August 9, 2014

      So yummy! Wish I still had some 🙂

  9. Melanie Sutrathada says: August 6, 2014

    This place looks absolutely gorgeous, Jackie! I've never been to the Hamptons (mostly because of how celebrity-driven it seems to be) but the North Fork looks a lot more welcoming. It has such an adorable rustic charm and I definitely want to visit to gorge on oatmeal raisin cookies now!

    When I go, I'll definitely be hitting you up for your recommendations on other places to visit (:

    Melanie
    Lace and Combat Boots | a life + style blog

    1. Jackie {York Avenue} says: August 9, 2014

      Thanks Melanie! Even though the Hamptons have that celeb reputation, they can definitely still be fun to visit. But the North Fork definitely has it's own charms too. Let me know if you make it out there! Hope you're having a great summer 🙂

  10. Dale Howard says: August 7, 2014

    PS–My family used to vacation in Sag Harbor–but that's before the Hamptons if became a celeb hangout.

    1. Jackie {York Avenue} says: August 9, 2014

      That's so cool! Just posted about Sag Harbor 🙂

  11. Jackie {York Avenue} says: August 9, 2014

    Gosh I hope so! I'd have to place an order ASAP 🙂

  12. Anita at Hungry Couple says: December 22, 2014

    I grew up in Manhattan but the man grew up on the water in Bayshore. He's taught me to love both forks for different reasons. Putting this place on my to-do list for next summer!

    1. Jackie {York Avenue} says: December 28, 2014

      Oh, how nice! LI is definitely a great place to explore in the summer!

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