04/24/17 1:22pm

While many people might be wrestling with this weed in their garden right now, the dandelion was celebrated at KK’s The Farm this weekend.

A Dandelion Festival, now in its second year, was held at the Southold farm on Sunday, April 23. The festival featured lectures, dandelion food products, a wreath-making station and more.

The event was intended to “raise people’s awareness about the benefits of the dandelion as food medicine and herb,” said farm owner and event organizer Ira Haspel. He said he’d like to see people think twice before applying harmful pesticides to the ground to kill the flower. (more…)

02/23/17 6:05am

At MarGene Farms in Mattituck, you could say the food cycle is bedroom to farm to table.

Farmer Gene Krupski plants artichokes, tomatoes, peppers and other vegetables right on his kitchen counter. He begins the process in January and February, when he fills plant cells with soil and seeds and then places the plastic dome-covered cells in his light-filled bedroom.

After the seedlings sprout, they’re moved from the bedroom’s large windows to Mr. Krupski’s en suite bathroom. The fledging plants love the moisture and warmth the shower provides, he said.

“It’s crazy,” Mr. Krupski, who owns his farm with his wife, Maryann, said of the jungle-like conditions in his sleeping quarters. “You can’t even get out of bed. I have plants surrounding us.” (more…)

02/23/17 6:01am
CSA programs offer meal and box-type programs locally. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

CSA programs offer meal and box-type programs locally. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

It’s February, which means we are at the point in the year where we’re furthest away from the taste of juicy, ripe heirloom tomatoes and fresh-off-the-grill corn.

But now is the perfect time to support the farmers who bring us our delicious produce as they prepare for the 2017 growing season.  (more…)

01/31/17 6:02am
Steph Gaylor of Invincible Summer Farms holding Hawaiian tomato seeds inside her greenhouse. (Credit: Carrie Miller file photo) Steph Gaylor of Invincible Summer Farms holding Hawaiian tomato seeds inside her greenhouse. (Credit: Carrie Miller file photo)

Steph Gaylor of Invincible Summer Farms holding Hawaiian tomato seeds inside her greenhouse. (Credit: Carrie Miller file photo)

Got a need for seed?

Trade your saved heirloom seeds and pick up some planting tips at the Long Island Regional Seed Consortium‘s third annual Seed Swap at Suffolk County Community College’s Riverhead campus next month. The event is set for Saturday, Feb. 11, from noon to 4 p.m. (more…)

01/10/17 6:01am
Rhododendrons at reporter Monique Singh-Roy's East Quogue home. (Credit: Monique Singh-Roy)

Rhododendrons at reporter Monique Singh-Roy’s East Quogue home. (Credit: Monique Singh-Roy)

Editor’s note: This post was published on January 12, 2016. The post originally appeared on the writer’s blog, YourPotLuck.com.

What’s the temperature outside? That’s a question all of us have asked our friends or family members at some point these past frigid weeks. It’s the first thing we want to know when we wake up and probably the last thing we want to know before heading to bed.

With so many outlets to access current temperatures at our fingertips, I had to do a double take the other day when my husband wanted to know the outdoor temperature and asked me to check the rhododendrons.

I was gazing out the window one particularly frigid morning when he asked me, “What are the rhododendrons doing?” (more…)