03/27/17 11:22am
Gray day at Orient Beach State Park. Credit: @thesuffolktimes Instagram

Gray day at Orient Beach State Park. Credit: @thesuffolktimes Instagram

We didn’t see much of the sun on the North Fork this weekend, but sometimes those somber skies make for beautiful snapshots.

Luckily, we are in the final days of gloomy weather and bare trees. Soon the cherry blossoms will pop and buds of the grape vines will break.

Check out these gray sky pics from some of our favorite North Fork Instagram artists. (more…)

03/27/17 6:02am
An aerial view of the Long Island Sound in Greenport. (Credit: Bridget Elkin)

An aerial view of the Long Island Sound in Greenport. (Credit: Bridget Elkin)

As an aerial photographer, Bridget Elkin has a unique view of the North Fork. On a regular basis, the East Marion resident pilots a drone a few hundred feet above creeks, beaches, and rows of corn or vines, sharing the beauty she discovers with more than 9,000 Instagram followers at @northforkgrown.

But it’s not just from that rarely explored vantage point that Elkin fell in love with the place she’s called home for the past several years.

“Even just running an errand, I’m often stopped in my tracks and find myself needing to stop to take a photograph,” she said. “Photographers talk about the golden hour, but every hour on the North Fork is truly special.” (more…)

03/25/17 6:02am
cookiedough

Photo Caption: Scoops of raw cookie dough are now being sold at Snowflake Ice Cream Shoppe in Riverhead. (Credit: Snowflake Ice Cream Shoppe’s Facebook)

For those of who can’t help stealing a few spoonfuls of raw cookie dough while making a batch of chocolate chip cookies, Snowflake Ice Cream Shoppe in Riverhead has got a new product for you.

The longtime establishment announced on its Facebook page Wednesday that beginning March 23, they would be serving edible chocolate chunk cookie dough. Made without eggs, the new offering follows a recent trend where shops — such as DO in New York City, which opened in January — began selling cookie dough in scoops, just like ice cream is served. (more…)

03/25/17 6:00am
Black Ankle Vineyards

Black Ankle Vineyards in Mt. Airy, Md. makes some tasty albariño, according to our Lenn Thompson. (Credit: Lenn Thompson)

Last week was my 13-year anniversary of writing about wine, both on my blogs and for various print outlets. It’s become a bit of an obsession, but started as nothing more than a hobby, a diversion from my less creatively interesting job in the software industry.

I was, and still am, infatuated with local wine. Back then I felt so lucky to live in a place that had its own emerging wine region with wines that both enticed and excited. I still (more…)

03/24/17 12:30pm
Village Cheese Shop in Mattituck. The store could soon open a second location in Greenport.(Credit: Vera Chinese)

Village Cheese Shop in Mattituck. The store could soon open a second location in Greenport.(Credit: Vera Chinese)

Two Mattituck businesses are looking to expand to Greenport, northforker has learned.

The owners of both The Village Cheese Shop and Goldberg’s Famous Bagels have plans to open locations in Greenport Village. (more…)