09/03/15 6:19am
Apples on the North Fork are ripe for the picking (Credit: Monique Singh-Roy)

Apples on the North Fork are ripe for the picking
(Credit: Monique Singh-Roy)

While the beach and backyard barbeque will be on many people’s mind’s this Labor Day weekend, apple picking season on the North Fork has begun. That’s right, at least three farms have either already started apple picking or will kick it off this weekend,  including Harbes Family Orchard.

“We’ll be open for apple picking Saturday, Sunday and Monday,” said orchard manager Sharon Harbes. “Our U-Pick apple orchard is about 15 acres and apples that are ready for picking this weekend include our honey crisp and gala apples.” (more…)

09/03/15 6:00am
The image produced by the camera obscura in Mitchell Park. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

The image produced by the camera obscura in Mitchell Park. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

Before this summer the only things I thought knew about a camera obscura is that the term is Latin and the one in Greenport never appeared to be open.

I soon learned, however, that the latter wasn’t true. While there is no sign posted outside of the Mitchell Park attraction and the building is usually locked, all you need is a $1 and an available marina employee to enjoy a 360-degree view of the village’s waterfront.

And it is really cool. (more…)

09/02/15 3:39pm
Michael Affatato and Rosemary Batcheller outside The Village Cheese Shop in Mattituck. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

Michael Affatato and Rosemary Batcheller outside The Village Cheese Shop in Mattituck. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

A Love Lane staple that offers a taste of Europe in Long Island Wine Country will soon have a new owner.

The Village Cheese Shop in Mattituck will officially change hands Sept. 15, when its original owner, Rosemary Batcheller, passes the store on to her friend Michael Affatato.

“The biggest question is, ‘Is it going to stay the same,’ ” Batcheller said during an interview at the shop. “And it is. But I think new eyes and new energy is never a bad thing.” (more…)