12/14/17 6:10am

Ben Conard inside the kitchen at the business incubator in Calverton. (Credit: Krysten Massa)

Ben Conard, a 23-year-old entrepreneur, is creating a product at the Stony Brook University Incubator at Calverton that does more than taste good. His company, Five North Chocolate, produces sweets with a message that reaches far beyond Long Island. (more…)

09/29/17 6:01am

Rex Farr at his Calverton farm on Monday, Aug. 14, 2017. (Credit: Randee Daddona)

It’s a mid-August morning at The Farrm in Calverton, which means the cows and burros must be fed and the tomatoes and peppers inspected for ripeness. But it’s also a fruit day, according to the biodynamic calendar, which means the not-yet-ripe grapes are about to get some attention.

So first, farmer Rex Farr has to create a vortex. (more…)

08/28/16 6:00am

Farmer Walter Hodun Jr. said picking a bushel (50 pounds) goes fast because the fruit is clustered together and plants are two feet apart. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

I talked to farmer Eddie Hodun Jr. at his 10-acre U-pick farm in Calverton this week and he pointed out that this is “the kick-off week” for tomatoes, especially for the variety of tomatoes many people want to make fresh sauce. He explained that the weather has been just hot enough “it brings out the sugar in the fruit.” (more…)