01/06/17 6:01am
Riverhead Farmers Market

Lucy Senesac at the Riverhead Farmers Market in 2015. (Credit: Jen Nuzzo)

It’s hard to sum up exactly what role Lucy Senesac plays at Sang Lee Farms in Peconic.

Customers of the certified organic operation might find her selling Romanesco cauliflower and ginger scallion dip at a weekly farmers market. Maybe she’s the one handing out a recipe for potato leek soup to winter CSA members. She certainly can be seen in the fields pulling rows of Korean radishes from the ground before the first frost.

But Senesac also works with North Fork school gardens, consulting with administrators about what to plant and how to build beds. She has revamped and operated Sang Lee’s Young Farmers Camp, a summer program for 7- to 12-year-olds interested in organic farming, since 2014. She has organized gleaning projects with schools and coordinated donations to the food bank at Island Harvest.

The list goes on. (more…)

12/14/16 6:01am
Sannino Bella Vita's tasting barn on Peconic Lane in Peconic. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

Sannino Bella Vita’s tasting barn on Peconic Lane in Peconic. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

That’s one way to make friends with your neighbors.

Beginning this Friday, Dec. 16, Sannino Bella Vita Vineyard in Peconic will host “NOFO Neighbor Tastings,” offering free wine tastings and wine education to North Fork residents. (more…)

12/10/16 12:08pm
Greenport Harbor ugly sweater

Evan Ackroyd, Sarah Rivas, and Salvatore Campo, all of Southold. (Credit: Katelyn Knapp)

Santa’s belly poking through a too-tight T-shirt and a festive Big Foot appeared on some of our favorite getups at the second annual ugly sweater party to benefit Maureen’s Haven homeless outreach program on Friday night.

The event was once again held at Greenport Harbor Brewing Co. in Peconic.

Guests enjoyed food, a four beer tasting flight and an ice cream bar. DJ Michael from East End Entertainment provided the music.

See the festive pics from the party below. Photos by Katelyn Knapp. (more…)

08/31/16 1:38pm
Sadly, we spotted these pumpkins for sale at Krupski Farms in Peconic on Tuesday. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

Sadly, we spotted these pumpkins for sale at Krupski Farms in Peconic on Tuesday. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

I’ve been ignoring those displays of mums lined up outside the grocery store and popping up at our local farm stands.

It’s because these bright yellow and purple plants make me start thinking about the end of the tomato harvest, the end of bottles of Long Island wine shared on the back deck and no longer dressing my infant daughter in the cutest pair of denim overall shorts you’ve ever seen. Also, I’ll be reminded of how little my family used the pool this sumer, and that if you add up opening, closing and chemical costs, we spent about $237 per dip.

But take a ride out to Peconic and you’ll see some round, orange reminders that the days of running into the bay with abandon are in the single digits. (more…)