Tammy and Kevin Krueger collect their prize from Riverhead Building Supply representative Steve Bialeski (center).(Katharine Schroeder file photo)
A life-sized Santa Claus climbing a ladder near a front door. An antique manger decorated with vintage multi-colored bulbs. A Christmas village with a decades-old Lionel train set running through it.
These are just a few of the sights we saw on our first Deck the Halls holiday decorating contest last year, during which we visited more than 30 of the best-decorated homes on the North Fork. This time, we hope to see even more holiday spirit as we bring the contest back for a second season. (more…)
Ed Dart with his Firs; a Douglas on the left and a Fraser on the right. (Credit: Charity Robey)
Does it make sense to drive to a rural area, cut down a seven-foot tree and put it in your living room for several weeks? No, it does not. But Christmas was never about being sensible. Even for people who think nothing of apple- or strawberry-picking, the experience of going out in a field to bring back a freshly cut tree is a peculiar delight.
And speaking of rational acts, who in their right mind would tie up acres of valuable Long Island real estate growing a crop that requires fertilization, pest control, pruning and eight to 10 years of growing before it can be harvested?
On the North Fork of Long Island, there are still a handful of farms, all family-owned, where generations of tree buyers and tree growers have participated in this illogical, magical Christmas tradition and made it an annual part of their holiday. (more…)
Fred Terry serves up potato candy. (Credit: Monique Singh-Roy)
When it comes to food, everybody knows the North Fork for its organically grown produce, natural baked goods and fresh-caught seafood.
But other North Fork culinary traditions create a heritage that links to the past through recipes and dishes adapted from the Old World.
One of those is potato candy, which was a holiday favorite in Fred Terry’s childhood home. Terry, who owns The Lobster Roll Northside in Baiting Hollow and the Lobster Roll in Amagansett, was born and raised on the North Fork and is descended from one of its oldest families. (more…)
Zuhoski Farms’ ‘cut your own Christmas tree’ lot on Oregon Road in Cutchogue
It’s time to get that Christmas tree.
Here are 12 places on the North Fork and Shelter Island where you can buy a fresh, pine-scented Douglas fir and other varieties.
Not sure what kind of tree to get? Click here for our handy North Fork Christmas tree guide.
If you’re feeling really ambitious, six of the following places will let you cut your own. Just remember that most tree sales don’t begin until the weekend after Thanksgiving, so be sure to call ahead.
Our favorite Instagram photos from around the North Fork this week. Follow @northforker1 on Twitter and @The_northforker on Instagram, and share your photos with us directly by using #northforker. (more…)