11/09/18 5:41am

A sea star is perhaps the most recognizable echinoderm. (Credit: Chris Paparo/Fish Guy Photos)

The terms fish, crustacean, mollusk, and even cephalopod are marine terms that most people are familiar with, as they are often the “centerpiece” of many dinner feasts.

The word echinoderm on the other hand, is one that is rarely discussed around the dinner table. Translated from the Greek language, the term echinoderm means “spiny skinned.” It is a phylum (group) containing roughly six thousand organisms that are only found living in marine environments.  (more…)

11/05/18 6:04am

Mashomack Preserve on Shelter Island is a great hiking spot not too far off the North Fork. (Credit: David Benthal)

With so many North Fork destinations based on the North and South roads, it’s easy to miss some of the more scenic and relaxing drives the area has to offer.

And if you stop only at the beaches and vineyards for fresh air, you’ll miss the zen of our trails.  (more…)

10/04/18 6:00am

Al, Nick and Kim Krupski inside their ‘haunted’ barn. (Credit: David Benthal)

For many, it’s hard to imagine a time when fall on the North Fork had little to do with pumpkins.

For Al Krupski, whose family farm was one of the first to place an emphasis on that crop, it isn’t all that difficult.

“We grew mostly potatoes,” he said of the Peconic farm his parents launched in 1950, “some cucumbers, some cauliflower. We didn’t get into pumpkins until 1976.”

Today, the sign on the side of the family’s barn welcomes visitors to Krupski’s Pumpkin Farm, the easternmost of nearly 20 farms in Riverhead and Southold towns that now offer pumpkin-picking. (more…)

09/30/18 6:10am

Harvest Day Fair at the Southampton History Museum. (Credit: William Roh)

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Columbus Day weekend in the Hamptons will be a busy one. There are plenty of activities — including the Hamptons International Film Festival — that everyone in the family will love, including your furry companions. (more…)

09/23/18 6:05am

Finger Lakes Wine Country. (Credit: Stu Gallagher Photography)

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Summer may be in our rearview mirrors, but cabin fever season is still miles away. Though the North Fork has plenty to offer during the fall, the season is ripe for going on one last adventure before it gets too cold to function.

Towns north of Long Island boast some of the same things we love about the North Fork. Think bucolic settings, fresh crops and wine to write home about. Put the top down and enjoy the crisp air and crisper apples. An idyllic excursion awaits further north. (more…)

09/15/18 6:00am

Pumpkins at Krupski Farms in Peconic. (Credit: Krysten Massa)

It’s that time again.

Pumpkin-everything season is back for 2018. That means pumpkin spice lattes from Hampton Coffee Company, Leaf Pile beer from Greenport Harbor Brewing Co., and best of all, North Fork pumpkins are ready to be picked.

Here is a handy guide on where to find them.

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