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Briermere Farm - Riverhead

Gastronomos Mar 21, 2013 08:37 PM

I was told that they make good pies. Couldn't find info on here, so I ask, is it true? Does Briermere Farm in Riverhead make good pies?

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    rrems Mar 21, 2013 09:01 PM

    Well, I haven't been there in quite a while, but unless they've changed completely in recent years, they do indeed make good pies. If I were willing to make the effort I could make a pie perhaps as good, but for a "bought" pie, I can't remember a better one than theirs. Very home-style using good ingredients.

    1. Fred19 Mar 22, 2013 07:10 AM

      Briermere Farm's pies are OK.

      Some people feel that they are too pricey, or too much air between the crust and the filling.

      Their breads and rolls are very good.


      1. Chris VR Mar 22, 2013 07:10 AM

        I do love Briemere's pies. Their fruit cream pies are absolutely heavenly- raspberry cream is my favorite.

        1. EM23 Mar 22, 2013 07:49 AM

          I have had the blueberry and apple pies from Briermere, and they were good, but not great, IMO. I have not tried the cream pies which, I have heard, are really good (as Chris mentions below.) There is always a line out the door for those pies, so if that is any indication..

          The blueberry muffin they make is excellent.
          Muffin photo http://www.foodspotting.com/reviews/4...

          1. coll Mar 22, 2013 08:38 AM

            Not worth the price to me. The parking lot is always jam packed so maybe I'm in the minority.

            1. Gastronomos Mar 22, 2013 08:54 AM

              Too pricey? What are they charging for the pies? It's a long drive for a pie already...

              1. coll Mar 22, 2013 09:05 AM


                I do enjoy making my own pies though, so I might see it differently than most. You let me know if this seems a bit high.

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                1. re: coll
                  Gastronomos Mar 22, 2013 09:41 AM

                  Thank you for the website and price list. $15-$22 for a pie. OK, I guess when I order a slice at a restaurant it costs about $5 - $6 or so... 6 slices per pie? = $30 - $36...

                  I don't bake, so I'll pay up to try when out in that direction. THANKS!

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                    coll Mar 22, 2013 10:23 AM

                    I'd love to hear the opinion of someone as a newbie to Briermere, it's been ages for me.

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                      mcf Mar 22, 2013 03:26 PM

                      It's been ages for me, too. Their pies were good in terms of varieties and fruit combinations and not being overly sweet. I wouldn't make a trip for them. The crust was flakey, but not especially good tasting.

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                        coll Mar 22, 2013 04:03 PM

                        It's just OK, and I'm not going to say anymore rather than start a flame war. Pie is not that hard to make! And the farm stands are the last to buy into that concept.

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                          sbp Mar 22, 2013 06:39 PM

                          +1. They're OK, but compared to homemade -

                          - their filling can be too "gel" like, not as dense with fruit;
                          - their crust can sometimes be somewhat tough and not particularly flaky
                          - their bottom crust is white goo.

                          1. re: sbp
                            rrems Mar 22, 2013 07:59 PM

                            coll and sbp,

                            "pie is not that hard to make"

                            "compared to homemade"

                            I know how to make a pie but haven't done it in years, more effort than I want to expend. OP states they do not bake. Can we base our advice on that reality?

                            1. re: rrems
                              Gastronomos Mar 22, 2013 08:09 PM

                              No worries. I understand. I can cook, I just don't bake. So, homemade is ALWAYS better. Hand down. But, sometimes you gotta make sacrifices... :-)

                              1. re: rrems
                                sbp Mar 23, 2013 08:18 AM

                                I understand, which is why I detailed what to expect relative to homemade. You can't distinguish good from great without a frame of reference.

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                                  coll Mar 23, 2013 09:11 AM

                                  Farm stands like to make you think they cooked it in their kitchen out back, and more power to them. Convience-wise, it worth the extra bucks! But buyer beware is all I will say.

                                  1. re: coll
                                    EM23 Mar 23, 2013 09:38 AM

                                    Very interesting! And the pie price list - perhaps I am misremembering, but I thought the prices started at $17.

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                                      coll Mar 23, 2013 10:50 AM

                                      Yeah it looks to me like they lowered their prices by a few dollars. People are so price conscious now, and for good reason!

                                  2. re: sbp
                                    rrems Mar 23, 2013 01:02 PM

                                    Sorry sbp, I did not mean to disparage your post, your comparison is helpful, even if homemade is not always an option.

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                      grangie angie Mar 22, 2013 03:34 PM

                      We used to live about a mile from Briermere many years ago.
                      Always bought their apple and pumpkin pies for holidays,very delish. But I do remembere paying not more than $8 dollars for a really large pie and you had to place orders for it and then wait in very long lines also when picking up. Enjoy!

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                        lenorel57 Mar 22, 2013 05:00 PM

                        Yes they do

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                          lenorel57 Mar 22, 2013 05:06 PM

                          There's also Wickham Fruit Farm in Cutchogue. I don't know if they're open in the winter. (pardon me, Spring)

                          1. Motosport Mar 23, 2013 07:16 AM

                            FYI: The place is NOT always crowded and the parking lot is NOT always full.
                            During the holidays and on Sundays when the "City Folk" are heading West it can be a busy place but they have a nice system and the lines move quickly.
                            The pies are very good. As good as some of the other farm stand pies but not as good as the local bakery (Junda's & Blue Duck) pies. I.M.H.O.!
                            I do love their Lemon Meringue pie. It comes in a close second to the Modern Snack Bar Lemon Meringue pie. Modern also makes an exceptional banana creme and boston creme pie.
                            For the most part they are open year round. They close up for a short period after Christmas.

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                              roxlet Mar 23, 2013 08:58 AM

                              We like Briermere a lot too, although I do make a better pie! However, I have not yet mastered what we call the "Fruit Fantasy," which is their cream pie with all the fresh fruit on it that they make in the summer. The cream seems to be a mixture of cream cheese and whipped cream, and it is divinely decadent. Although it can be busy sometimes, the like always moves pretty well. We haven't tried the pies at The Blue Duck, but their baguettes are exceptional.

                            2. Gastronomos Mar 29, 2013 02:33 PM

                              So the lemon meringue was better than most and the raspberry peach Ok. Both less sweet than expected, but not worth such a long trip. (might stop by if I’m out east again this summer)

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                              1. re: Gastronomos
                                Motosport Mar 31, 2013 01:38 PM

                                They make a nice lemon merengue pie but only on weekends.
                                It is splitting hairs but I like the Modern Snack bar lemon merengue pie better.

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                                  lenorel57 Apr 1, 2013 09:30 AM

                                  Where is modern Snack Bar? Do they sell whole pies? Lemon merengue is my absolute favorite

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                                    mcf Apr 1, 2013 09:41 AM

                                    Main Rd, Aquebogue. Haven't eaten there in years, but I remember it as very, very good.

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                                      Motosport Apr 1, 2013 11:48 AM

                                      The food is decent. The Modern Snack Bar Lemon Merengue pie is outstanding. Slices or whole pies.
                                      The only lemon Merengue pie I like better is from Juniors in Brooklyn/Manhattan.
                                      Junior's #1, Modern #2 and Briarmere #3. I could go for any of them right now!!

                                      1. re: Motosport
                                        lenorel57 Apr 1, 2013 02:03 PM

                                        Me too

                                      2. re: mcf
                                        lenorel57 Apr 1, 2013 01:59 PM

                                        Thanks. We go out to the north fork for the day before the season starts. I'll check on the place before we go.

                                      3. re: lenorel57
                                        grangie angie Apr 1, 2013 12:13 PM

                                        To lenore 157-Also used to be known as Wanda's.

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                                    nooyawka Mar 29, 2013 04:26 PM

                                    They don't make good pies. They make amazing pies. Had a blueberry cream pie 2 summers ago that a friend bought. It sold me.

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                                    1. re: nooyawka
                                      mcf Mar 29, 2013 04:53 PM

                                      Taste is a subjective thing of course. I was never wowed by their pies. I used to live reasonably close and never made a special trip for 'em.

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                                        coll Mar 29, 2013 06:05 PM

                                        Have to agree.

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                                      nofolady Mar 30, 2013 05:44 AM

                                      We live close to Briermere so people always ask us to bring a pie to any get-together and we always get a pie when we have people over - they have come to expect it and look forward to it. The peach cream pie is outstanding. I'm not sure if this has been mentioned but they use their own fruits grown on their land; their blackberries are huge and their peaches are incredible. They also have a nice selection of produce and their corn is as good as any found out here. They have great tomatoes and usually offer heirlooms, which can be harder to find. They always have a nice selection of fresh herbs as well. Lines never deter me because they always move quickly. Might take a little longer when one of the buses are there but it still is worth the wait, at least for me.

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                                      1. re: nofolady
                                        roxlet Mar 30, 2013 07:51 AM

                                        It wouldn't be a visit to the North Fork without a stop at Briermere. My son feels that their blueberry and corn muffins are second to none. And their strawberry jam is simply divine with only two ingredients: strawberries and sugar. I used to give the jam to a friend of ours for Christmas, and he would hoard it, eating it by the teaspoonfuls, refusing to share with his family! But that jam on one of their corn muffins spells summer in Mattituck for me. Just delicious.

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                                        Diningwithdaphne May 25, 2013 09:06 AM

                                        "Good???" Not only fantastic pies, but baked goods, jams and jellies !! We drive from Texas to Shelter Island each year and time our schedule both ways to get to "the pie place" while they're open. Don't forget the fresh peach summer smoothies.

                                        Now, if they would also just create and sell pre-made boxed picnic sandwiches ... nothing elaborate just three choices - beef or chicken or tomato/cheese on their glorious breads with cookies and some fruit in season ... summer perfection! Bye...

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                                          Motosport May 26, 2013 08:34 AM

                                          For picnic boxes try Bruces Cheese Emporium in Greenport!

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