Eat your way through Peconic. Peconic's Sang Lee Farm has 250 varieties of produce that could turn a meat eater into a vegetarian.
The North Fork's fruit and vegetable farms are all four-star. Peconic's Sang Lee Farms, though, is a leader of the pack. Its 250 varieties of produce could turn a meat eater into a vegetarian. And their heated greenhouse mesclun makes the winter taste like summer.
Living in Peconic
Peconic is a small neighborhood right at the center of Long Island's North Fork. This is prime wine-producing territory, with a half-dozen of the region's best wineries within this single community. Organic farms, artisan cheese producers and local micro-breweries add to the picture of a locavore's delight. With a long waterside stretching along Long Island Sound and smaller strip of Peconic Bay, the hamlet has beaches and inlets for family activities and relaxation, alongside endless opportunities for farm and vineyard visits.
Part of Southold Town, the area of Peconic was first settled by descendants of Southold's founders, who were drawn to the area because of its fertile land. The hamlet was originally called West Southold Plantation before being renamed Hermitage in reference to a recluse who lived on what is now Peconic Lane. In the 1860s, the Native American name Peconic, meaning "nut trees," came into use among residents.
In the late 19th and early 20th century, the village began to be known for the "˜Peconic School' of artists, who settled and worked here. They included Benjamin Rutherford Fitz, Irving Wiles, Henry and Edith Prellwitz, and Edward August Bell.
Things to do in Peconic
One of the loveliest spots in Peconic is Goldsmith's Inlet Park, a winding inlet that connects Long Island Sound to a saltwater pond. A tide-operated mill once stood here, but these days it's only pleasure-seekers who make use of the shifting waters. As the tide changes, the inlet becomes a swift river"”be careful of the outgoing tide (there are no lifeguards here). With beaches on either side, it's a picturesque and unspoiled spot to spend the day.
For a less wild beachside adventure, visit Kenny's Beach. It's on the Sound, just west of the inlet, and has lifeguards and restrooms.
This is truly the heart of North Fork wine country, with numerous small wineries scattered across the landscape, and field after field of neatly maintained vines. You could spend a day"”or a week"”exploring them all. The soil that first attracted farmers here is also what draws in winemakers. The climate is also conducive to grape growing"”Long Island is around the same latitude as the wine-making regions of France and California.
One of the most mature vineyards in the region is Linz wine"”with vines that were planted in 1978. It is regularly ranked as one of the finest vineyards in North Fork. Their Cabernet Sauvignon, in particular, is worth tasting. Bedell Cellars is another high-quality winery, producing small batches and unique blends. Such is their reputation that their wines were served at the 2013 presidential inauguration. Reservations are recommended for their tastings.
A few of the bigger names to try are Raphael winery, which has a large tasting room, deck and lawn where you can sit out and enjoy their selection of wines. Live events, tasting menus, and a gift store complete the picture. Osprey's Dominion Vineyards produces well-rated wines and has a fun, relaxed atmosphere with an outdoor bar serving sangria and beer as well as wines, and lawn space for relaxing.
If all this wine-tasting makes you curious to learn more about the wine-making process, then it's well worth booking a lesson and tour at Sannino Bella Vita Vineyard. Their Viticulture tours take you through the process of wine production, the region's grape varieties, and the conditions for growing vines. They also run barrel cellar tours and blending classes. Their rustic barn makes for an atmospheric tasting room, and they also have a beautiful outdoor area.
A final essential stop on any wine tour of Peconic is The Winemaker Studio, a cooperative tasting room which stocks wines from artisanal winemakers whose production is too small to set up their own tasting rooms. Here you are guaranteed some unique and hard-to-find wines.
Local produce is not just about wine. One of Peconic's most popular producers is Sang Lee Farms, a family-run business that has been in operation since the 1940s. The farm has been certified organic since 2007, and focuses on retail farming. It runs several farmers markets and grows specialty vegetables including Asian varieties, herbs and flowers. The kitchen also creates beautiful fresh produce using the very best ingredients like soups, pestos, jellies and preserves.
Another local product worth a mention is Greenport Harbor Brewing, which produces an impressive range of beers including, stouts, porters, IPAs and a rye saison. The tasting room in Peconic also hosts live music events.
Peconic real estate
Living in Peconic places you right at the heart of the Long Island wine region. It's a world-class location, and Peconic Bay real estate is exquisite, with country homes that provide luxury and seclusion in the center of the beautiful countryside of North Fork.
Parcels of land with development rights can become available. On the northern edge, homes by Long Island Sound provide waterside views and proximity to the beach. Light-filled, contemporary properties make the most of this stunning location. In Peconic there is no need to choose between inland woodlands and beach access"”properties with large acreages can include lush green land, vineyards and long frontages onto Long Island Sound, giving you privacy in a wonderful natural setting.
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