slide4by Richard Cairns These days it seems as though every new restaurant in this country is eager to establish its farm-to-table creds. Yet if the restaurant is Japanese and the chef is ambitious, nationalist pride trumps local produce almost every time. (Certain celebrated chefs have even been known to import tomatoes from the motherland.) Stirling Sake and Sushi, in Greenport, is a notable exception to the rule.

HISTORIC DINING DESTINATION IS ON THE MARKET Upon returning from the War of 1812, Samuel Cox constructed a tidal mill on Mattituck Inlet. The mechanism was able to harness both the incoming and outgoing tides, and was considered to be a feat of engineering in its day. The millstone itself still exists on a corner of the building and the driveshaft still stands as a pillar in the pub.

slide5Historic downtown Riverhead is located along the Peconic River where the North and South Forks meet. Originally the westernmost part of the Town of Southold, the Town of Riverhead was established on March 13, 1792. Today Riverhead is the Suffolk County seat. The Town of Riverhead encompasses 68 square miles from the Long Island Sound on the north to the Peconic River and Bay on the south and is bordered by the towns of Southold on the east, Southampton to the south, and Brookhaven on the west. Historic downtown Riverhead runs along Main Street in Riverhead and is currently undergoing a renaissance that promises to revitalize the community and its surrounding area.

slide6Autumn on the North Fork is a time to harvest the ripened grapes at the vineyards, pick great pumpkins for Halloween, and enjoy fresh apples and peaches from the orchards. Fall festivals are held at many farms and vineyards all along the North Fork to celebrate the harvest. Festivities include musical events, yoga, hayrides, a garlic-eating contest, wine tastings, and even a party where you can stomp on grapes and make wine. Here are some farms and vineyards with fun activities to enjoy as you rejoice in the fall harvest on the North Fork.

slide9Specializing in high-end estate/tag sales and clean-outs, The Clearing House Xchange co-owned by Victoria Collett and her partner, James “Nick” Nicolino, is celebrating its 10th anniversary. Originally begun in Southampton in 2004, they expanded to Greenport in 2008, where they currently have a 7,000 sq. ft. renovated warehouse housing their consignment store at 414 First Street. Serving the Hamptons, the North Fork, and all of Eastern Long Island, they are the most complete resale operation on Long Island.