04/17/17 6:02am
Downs Farm Preserve in Cutchogue. (Credit: Northforker file photo)

Downs Farm Preserve in Cutchogue. (Credit: Northforker file photo)

Group for the East End will once again host an Earth Day Festival at Downs Farm Preserve in Cutchogue on Saturday, April 22 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The family-friendly event will feature live animals, nature hikes, crafts, a plant sale, music by Julia King and raffles. (more…)

04/11/17 6:00am
This homeon Bridle Lane in Cutchogue has been listed for $2,199,000. (Credit: Photos by Liz Glasgow, courtesy of Century 21 Albertson Realty)

This homeon Bridle Lane in Cutchogue has been listed for $2,199,000. (Credit: Photos by Liz Glasgow, courtesy of Century 21 Albertson Realty)

This private North Fork estate comes with one unique guarantee — the promise of no new neighbors.

That’s because the property is surrounded by preserved farmland, meaning the adjacent parcels will not be developed, according to its listing agent.

Located on Bridle Lane in Cutchogue, the five bedroom, four and a half bathroom house is set on nearly four acres. It just hit the market on Wednesday, April 5 and is listed for $2,199,000. (more…)

04/06/17 6:01am
Harvest Box cutchogue

Russ and Karen L’HommeDieu prepare to test out recipes at their home in Cutchogue Friday afternoon. (Credit: Krysten Massa)

Russ L’HommeDieu knocked on the doors of over 30 homes this past Monday, boxes of vegan-friendly food in hand.

It was all part of a new business the Cutchogue entrepreneur and his wife, Karen, recently started called Harvest Food Box.

Similar in approach to popular home delivery recipe options like Blue Apron or HelloFresh, the L’HommeDieus have created pre-assembled meals that can be cooked in a crockpot. (more…)

03/29/17 6:03am
Threes brewing

Greg Doroski of Threes Brewing Co. (Credit: Matt Furman/Threes Brewing courtesy photo)

Standing at the counter of a coffeehouse located inside their Brooklyn brewery, Threes Brewing partners Greg Doroski and Josh Stylman are reminiscing about the early days of their then fledgling company.

Doroski, who was living full-time in his native Cutchogue, recalled a trip to Brooklyn three years ago to take a look at some of the equipment Threes would use to brew its beer.

“He was supposed to be a consultant,” said Stylman, a tech entrepreneur and investor with a background in marketing.

Drawing a deep breath, Doroski began to explain why it was once important for the relationship to stay that way. (more…)

03/24/17 6:02am
An Icelandic sheep at 8 Hands Farm in Cutchogue on Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2017. (Credit: Randee Daddona)

An Icelandic sheep at 8 Hands Farm in Cutchogue on Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2017. (Credit: Randee Daddona)

The Icelandic sheep flock at 8 Hands Farm, in Cutchogue, can increase from 80  to 200 animals during lambing season. That’s when dozens of woolly little lambs come not-quite-yet baaing and bleating into the world, sometimes as many as 15 a day.

“The whole month of April, you’re on call,” said Tom Geppel, 51, who owns the farm with his wife, Carol Festa, 49. That requires Geppel to literally roll up his sleeves and help laboring ewes deliver their lambs, which may often be twins or even triplets. “You talk about a learning curve,” Geppel said. “No one can teach you that.” (more…)

03/10/17 6:01am
inside the new Scoops and Grinds. (Credit: Nicole Smith)

Lisa Kaytis-Liberatore inside the new Scoops and Grinds. (Credit: Nicole Smith)

After a two-year hiatus, a Cutchogue staple has returned with a new name.

Scoops & Grinds, formerly Scoops Ice Cream, is up and running at its new Main Road location next to Braun Seafood. Along with a new name, the shop has increased offerings, including coffee and specialty drinks, made-to-order cakes and baked goods prepared by owner Lisa Kaytis-Liberatore.

“I love to bake and I love watching the response of someone eating something I baked,” said the self-taught Southold baker. “It makes me happy when I can make people happy.” (more…)

03/01/17 6:01am
Peconic Bay Winery in Cutchogue has released two new sparkling wines. Both bottles, a blancs de blanc made from chardonnay and a blancs de nor made from pinot noir, retail for $25. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

Peconic Bay Winery in Cutchogue has released two new sparkling wines. Both bottles, a blanc de blanc made from chardonnay and a blanc de noir made from chardonnay and pinot noir, retail for $25. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

Peconic Bay Winery in Cutchogue, which closed its tasting room’s doors in 2013, has been resurrected.

Sort of.

Tastings and bottles of New York State wines, ciders and beers have quietly been offered at the winery’s Main Road tasting room since September. The concept is the same as that of Empire State Cellars, a now-closed New York State wine and liquor store at Tanger Outlets, according to longtime Peconic Bay Winery employee Cynthia Caprise.  (more…)