Seriously, Briermere Farms https://www.briermerefarms.com/ on Sound Avenue in Riverhead, which is just a short drive from the Riverhead Ciderhouse, http://www.riverheadcider.com/ has amazing pies and I’m determined to try each flavor before I die!
Years ago, one of my husband’s cousins brought a cranberry-pear pie from Briermere to a Christmas Eve dinner in Brooklyn. I loved every bite of that pie and vowed to have more of it. I’ve had the apple crisp, blueberry and the raspberry-peach pies.
During my last trip to the ciderhouse, I bought Briermere’s cherry cream pie to eat at a friend’s house, and I bought a half-price frozen peach pie to go. We all flipped over the cream pie. The cream wasn’t crazy sweet and it went perfectly with the sweet, juicy, cherry filling. The crust is always perfect – flaky but firm and never over or underdone. My kids all loved the peach pie as well.
The nine-inch pies (serve 6-8 people) are quite pricey – $26 for the cream pies – but worth every calorie and dollar. Half-price frozen pies (a limited variety – check the menu for the day you are going there – they post the menu online every day) are available after 2 pm. Have a backup plan in case the pie you want is sold out. The frozen pie should remain frozen. It goes in the oven for 45 minutes before it’s eaten. Half-price fresh pies are also available (limited varieties and they sell out fast) if you get there first thing in the morning.
They are open seven days a week from 9 am to 5 pm. They get especially busy before Thanksgiving so they have Thanksgiving hours during the week leading up to Thanksgiving – Sun.-Wed. from 8 am to 6 pm, and Thurs. (Thanksgiving day) from 8 am to 1 pm. I can’t believe the are open on Thanksgiving morning. I don’t recommend doing that. It will be a mad house for sure.
They have posted a Thanksgiving pie order form, https://bettyannsblog.files.wordpress.com/2020/11/077fe-thanksgiving2020ordersheetpdf.pdf so orders can be faxed or called in before they are picked up, but they don’t accept prepayment. There will be registers outside and you can pay with cash or a credit card. They have several registers outside that are socially distanced and they get you in and out pretty quickly.
Unfortunately, they don’t ship any pies – only jams, jellies and syrups. They also sell cookies, muffins, breads, etc. All of the bakery items are made from scratch at the farm and most of the fresh fruit used in the baked goods is grown on the farm, according to the website.
Briermere Farms is open on Christmas Eve. It closes on Christmas day and doesn’t reopen again until the spring.
Life is too short – eat delicious, to-die-for pie!