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Farm/Orchard Pie Jim leff used to write about

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A few years back, somewhere on the old boards, Jim Leff (and others) sang the praises of fruit pies (apple? peach? berry? can't remember) that were sold at some orchard (pick your own?) in the Tri-State area. Jersey? Long Island? More questions than answers here, I'm afraid, but if anyone remembers/still goes, I'd love to know. Thanks.

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  1. Near Freehold NJ, Wemrock Orchards makes a great pie...

    1. Not positive, but I seem to remember some discussions on Briermere here in the Riverhead LI area. Very famous for their pies, although personally not my favorite.

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      1. re: coll

        Who's you're favorite?

        1. re: CornflakeGirl

          I really like Wickhams in Cutchogue. Not as much selection, but taste much more home made.

          1. re: coll

            And if you're on the South Fork, you should get all your pies and baked goods at Breadzilla in Wainscott, we recently had the best apple pie we ever tasted from there, damn the cost!! And their brownies are better than my mothers.

            1. re: coll

              We passed Wickham's about a week or two ago and it looks like it hasn't opened for the season as yet.

              We once did a hayride with Farmer Wickham. Really great guy. They used to be open during the peach season and had a nice peach cobbler.

          2. re: coll

            I have sung the praises for their pies but reliable locals have advised that during peak season and holidays, they outsource production as needed to meet ever-increasing demand. Which finally explained why I found their summer pies lacking something of their former superlativeness.

            Wickham's in Cutchogue is the place the locals praise. Head there in the summer and big holidays, it would seem.

            That said, when I get Briermere Farms pies in the deep off season, they are wonderful.

            1. re: Karl S

              Exactly, I know for a fact that they buy frozen pies to bake off, they're just too busy to do otherwise, but the frozen pies are excellent quality for what they are. Maybe I'll try Briermere sometime again when it's really dead (although those weird cream and whatever pies are definitely unique).

          3. Bishop's Orchards in Guilford, CT is famous for its pies, made on-site from the fruits of the Bishop family's labors.

            1. South Fork, North Fork. Briermere, Schmiermere. (Sorry, I just finished the article about kugel.) You want great pies? No need to go so far. Try the Jericho Cider Mill just off the Northern State Pkwy in Jericho. 106/107 exit. 35? Take the right hand split whichever that one is and it's right there on the right.

              1. The question is not where do YOU go for good/great pies, it is where is the place Jim Leff went and raved about. My recolection is Briermere Farms.

                1. Briermere Farms, 4414 Sound Ave., Riverhead; (631) 722-3931. Right at Rt 105.

                  Great great great place.

                  I love Jericho Cider Mill for cider. didn't know their pies were good. Will check it ASAP, thanks for the tip!

                  1. There's also a new place worth checking out in Jamesport. I haven't tried any of their pies, but they make great berry muffins and amazing apple strudel. You can buy 1/4, 1/2 or a whole strudel. Buy the half or whole the quarter goes too fast.

                    Junda's Pastry
                    1612 Main Road (Rt 25)
                    Jamesport, NY 11947
                    631-722-4999

                    It's in a converted house.

                    1. It's the peach cream pie at Briermere that's really something special. It's only available for a short time every year (usually August-Sept, I think). Their other pies and baked goods are fine, but I personally wouldn't make a special trip there unless they have the peach cream. Call ahead.