12/05/17 6:02am

Family and tradition are two things Ed Dart has always valued. The 67-year-old Peconic resident grew up in Southold watching his parents experiment with new ways to make a profit from their farm, which has been in the Dart family for 101 years. They built what he claims was one of the North Fork’s first farm stands in 1945. And his father, Fred Dart, established a retail vegetable route, delivering fresh produce to summer and weekend communities on the North Fork.

Like his parents, Mr. Dart also wanted to think of a new way to help keep the legacy alive.

In 1967, while preparing for his first year at the University of Rhode Island, he pitched his parents the idea of raising Christmas trees on the then 35-acre farm.

Mr. Dart recalled planting the first crop before he left for college and hoping the trees would be ready to sell by the time he graduated. But it wasn’t until 1975 that they sold the trees, he said, and he was shocked that they were a hit.

“Everybody came in, bought all of our trees and there were none left,” he said. (more…)

11/14/17 6:03am

Matthew Forrest wants to spread his philosophy on health and wellness to the Riverhead community

The Riverhead resident opened Feelin O2 Good, a Riverside oxygen bar and wellness center, at the beginning of October with the hope of helping anyone who walks through its doors live a healthier, happier life.

“The four pillars of wellness I primarily focus on through this venue are alkalinity, oxygenation, supplementation and detoxification,” Forrest said. “[With] these four pillars incorporated into somebody’s personal life, you’re guaranteed to have a degree of wellness.” (more…)

11/09/17 6:01am

A tom with a long snood. (Credit: Chris Paparo)

In just a couple of weeks, many of us will be gathering with family and friends around the dining room table to indulge in the feast that is Thanksgiving. For many, the centerpiece of the celebration is a large, plump, juicy turkey. Unfortunately, other than a good recipe, few people know many details about the majestic bird that Benjamin Franklin had praised as being a more respectable bird than a bald eagle.

There are two species of turkey that can be found throughout the United States, Mexico and southern Canada. The first, simply named the wild turkey, is divided into five subspecies (Eastern, Merriam’s, Rio Grande, Osceola, and Gould’s), each varying slightly by plumage and separated by region. The second species, the Ocellated turkey, is found to live in a small range of the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico. (more…)

11/01/17 6:00am

Custer Observatory in Southold (File photo)

Reach for the stars at the Custer Institute and Observatory’s 39th annual Astronomy Jamboree weekend, set for Friday, Nov. 3, through Sunday, Nov. 5.

The three-day event, hosted by the Southold astronomical observatory, includes lectures, celestial observations and the chance to get to know other astronomy enthusiasts. The event is open to those new to astronomy and seasoned stargazers. (more…)

10/16/17 6:02am
Katie Peters

Katie Peters inside her new Southold fitness studio Underground Training. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

The North Fork may be lacking in large, multi-amenity sports membership clubs, but boutique fitness operations abound.

The newest is located in the Feather Hill complex in Southold, where Katie Peters has launched Underground Fitness, a 1,200-square-foot space which opened on Oct. 1.

Peters, who has worked as a trainer for the past four years, decided to undertake the venture after a brief stint working for the U.S. Department of Agriculture. She also holds a master’s degree in education and is a certified secondary school science teacher, but noted the difficulty in finding a full-time position on the East End.

So like many of her local peers, the Orient native found that entrepreneurship was a more viable path for making a living on the North Fork.

“I decided I was going to do what I love instead of a job that pays the bills,” said Peters, who is 31 and lives in Southold. (more…)