Shop East End Gifts to Celebrate Autumn and the North Fork Harvest

Harvest Gifts
Harvest Gifts, Photo: Copyright 2014 by Judith B. McCleery. All rights reserved

October weekends are a popular time to visit the North Fork and the rest of the East End—it’s the best time to enjoy the fruits of the East End’s harvest. Discover newly released wines at the vineyards, seasonal beers and harvest-themed menus at local breweries and restaurants, fall and Halloween decorations, pumpkins, cornstalks and fresh picked produce at the farm stands.

The autumn season is also a great time to pick up a few shelf-stable and nonperishable gifts to share what you love about the North Fork. Local wines and craft beers, North Fork Potato Chips, honey sticks and pots, beer soap, aromatherapy products, home accessories and much more are ready to browse and enjoy.

You could spend every day remaining in the month exploring the cute and quaint gift shops, boutiques, farmers markets and farm stands to find unique items for everyone on your gift list, but the companies found on the East End Experience, NorthForkWeddings, SouthForkWeddings and Beauty and Wellness Guru are pre-screened, so you can count on their quality and expect great customer service while you shop and browse.

Here are some suggested stops on your East End tour:

East End Mushroom Company, 22355 County Route 48, #23, Cutchogue
Visit the North Fork’s premier mushroom farm for fresh or dried varieties. Farm fresh mushrooms are a delicious delight!

E Day Spa, 154 West Montauk Highway, Hampton Bays
Browse their own branded beauty products, from hair care to skin care, but don’t leave before you book your own pampering or get a gift certificate for someone on your list.

Hampton Cigar Company, 1830 West Main Street, Riverhead
Handcrafted cigars made from premium blends that suit a spectrum of tastes. If you have a cigar aficionado in your life, this will be lovely treat, indeed.

Hampton Chocolate Factory, online/retail Kiosk in La Parmigiana, 44-48 Hampton Road, Southampton
Artisan, gourmet chocolate and treats with unique flavors. Even sampled by the Kardashians during their summer 2014 visit to the Hamptons.

North Breeze Farms, 1875 Main Road, Jamesport
Honey, honey butter, jams, jellies and donuts are all handcrafted and delicious. They also offer beer soap made from their own small-batch, handcrafted brews.

North Fork Chocolate Company, 740 Main Road, Aquebogue
This chocolatier and sweet shop specializes in handcrafted Belgian chocolate treats. Browse the shop to find wares from other local artisans. It’s a one-stop gift boutique for everyone on your list.

North Fork Natural, 28080 Main Road, Cutchogue
Handcrafted, organic, customizable soaps, lotions and aromatherapy products. Buy online or at their newly opened boutique in Cutchogue.

North Fork Potato Chips, Various Retail Outlets
Kettle-cooked potato chips in several delicious flavors. Find them in many East End retail locations, from grocery stores and convenience stores to wineries and farmstands.

Salt Air Farm, 1535 New Suffolk Road, Cutchogue
Honey products made from their own hives. Available for retail sale at Wickham’s Farm Stand

Santa’s Christmas Tree Farm, 30105 Main Road, Cutchogue
Yes, it’s Christmas every day at Santa’s, but there is a broad variety of non-Christmas items. Find shabby chic, wine and beach themed gifts as well as a gift registry. You can even pick up farm fresh eggs on your way through!

Spa Bellezza Day Spa, 1116 Main Road, Aquebogue
Purchase Dermalogica beauty products or enjoy the day spa. Treat yourself or get a gift certificate for someone special.

Special Effects, 455 Main Street, Greenport
So much to browse through at Special Effects. Find hair and skin care products, fashion accessories, salon and spa services, and even a quaint tea room. Gift certificates available.

Vines & Branches, 110 Front Street, Greenport
Small batch artisan olive oils, vinegars and more will delight the foodie and chef in your life. Check their calendar for workshops and cooking demos. You can also shop online.

When you buy from East End shops, you are supporting the small businesses that give our corner of the world the charming and quaint country life that we all love. Thanks for shopping our locally-owned stores.

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