02/23/15 11:06am
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Val Cichanowicz (Credit: Carrie Miller)

For more than two decades, Val Cichanowicz of Chick’s Agway in Southold has been helping meet customers’ garden, animal and yard care needs.

Whether it’s a pet training tip or perhaps the perfect outdoor gift, providing customers with new and innovative products is something she takes pride in. A state-licensed pesticide applicator, Cichanowicz has become something of an expert in all things green — and she’s always up for sharing a bit of that knowledge. (more…)

01/23/15 4:35pm
Workers harvest cabernet franc at Macari Vineyards in Mattituck this past fall. (Credit: Carrie Miller)

Workers harvest cabernet franc grapes at Macari Vineyards in Mattituck this past fall. (Credit: Carrie Miller)

In Long Island Wine Country, merlot has always been king.

As the island’s most widely planted and produced grape, the ubiquitous, sturdy varietal has certainly made its mark.  (more…)

01/19/15 1:00pm
Long Island Seed Consortium founder Stephanie Gaylor holding tomato seeds she has preserved over the years. (Credit: Carrie Miller, file)

Long Island Seed Consortium founder Stephanie Gaylor holding tomato seeds she has preserved over the years. (Credit: Carrie Miller, file)

Thinking of switching things up in the garden next season?

The not-for profit Long Island Seed Consortium will host its first-ever seed swap next month in hopes of getting gardeners, farmers and food enthusiasts excited about growing interesting varieties and saving their own seeds.  (more…)

12/10/14 9:51am
Robin Epperson-McCarthy at Premium Wine Group in Mattituck. (Credit: Carrie Miller)

Robin Epperson-McCarthy at Premium Wine Group in Mattituck. (Credit: Carrie Miller)

The not-for-profit Long Island Merlot Alliance is ramping up marketing of the region’s merlot — a grape that often battles a lackluster reputation— by defining what makes Long Island’s signature varietal great and backing it up with hard data from the fields.

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10/17/14 11:00am

[caption id="attachment_23035" align="aligncenter" width="640"](Credit: Group for the East End) (Credit: Group for the East End)[/caption] There’s plenty of fun to be had hiding in the environment around us. Group for the East End, Southold Mothers’ Club, and Lyrical Children are hosting their second annual family scavenger hunt Saturday, Oct. 25, at Downs Farm Preserve in Cutchogue. “This is a family fun, friendly event that connects adults and children with music and nature,” said Missy Weiss of Group for the East End. “The scavenger hunt is centered around what’s native to Downs Farm Preserve.” The event is geared towards all ages and features not only a scavenger hunt, but music lessons where kids can make their own instruments out of twigs and other organic items, Weiss said. It is being taught by volunteers from Lyrical Children. The event runs from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. with the last scavenger hunt leaving at 1:30 p.m. A rain date is scheduled for Sunday, Oct. 26, and a suggested donation of $5 per family is requested. The organizations are asking families to register for the event by contacting Lisa at tuthill1@aol.com or Missy at mweiss@eastendenvironment.org.

The event runs from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. with the last scavenger hunt leaving at 1:30 p.m. A rain date is scheduled for Sunday, Oct. 26.

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10/07/14 7:10pm
North Fork Oysters is hosting a happy hour special on Wednesday's this month. (Credit: Little Creek Oyster Farm)

North Fork Oysters is hosting a happy hour special on Wednesday’s this month. (Credit: Little Creek Oyster Farm)

In the mood for a shucking good time?

Every Wednesday throughout October, North Fork Oysters of Greenport will be hosting a happy hour with drink and eat specials featuring its Peconic Bay-grown oysters.  (more…)

10/07/14 10:00am
(Credit: Douglas Elliman Courtesy Photo)

(Credit: Douglas Elliman Courtesy Photo)

It’s among the tiniest of vineyards on the North Fork, and it could be yours: The Hidden Vineyard in Calverton.

The 15-acre property has just seven acres of vines, but also a 4,500-square-foot custom colonial home and tasting room. The vineyard estate was built by the late Peter DiBernardi, the vineyard’s original owner and winemaker, who died in March.

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