A South Fork Tour for Wine and Cheese Lovers

The greenhouse at the Mecox Bay farm stand.
The greenhouse at the Mecox Bay farm stand. Photo: Courtesy Saxelby Cheesemongers

Anne Saxelby might be the foremost proselytizer for local cheese, but she does more than sell the stuff at her Essex Street Market stall. She organizes field trips called Day A-Whey, and the first of the season is scheduled for this Sunday. A chartered coach departs from the market at 8:30 a.m., destined for Wölffer Estate Vineyard in Sagaponack for a vineyard tour and alfresco picnic lunch. Next, to Bridgehampton for a tour of Mecox Bay Dairy, whose owners switched from growing potatoes to making Jersey-cow’s-milk cheese only a decade ago. (For those curious about that hot-button beverage, raw milk, here’s your chance to sample it.) If the weather’s fine, there’ll be a stop at a local beach before the drive back (and before the summer crowds swarm in). Tickets cost $95; they’re available at saxelbycheese.com.