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…)

10/24/16 6:00am
Julien Shapiro 8 Hands

Chef Julien Shapiro puts ham in an antique French mold to make jambonneau at the new restaurant kitchen at 8 Hands Farm. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

Think of it as the North Fork’s only farm-to-butcher-case experience.

Last month 8 Hands Farm, the 28-acre sustainable livestock and produce operation in Cutchogue, unveiled a new butcher shop in its farm store. A new wraparound glass case is stocked with a rotating selection of fresh, farm-raised meat.

The farm previously only offered its meat, like rack of lamb and pork shoulder, vacuum-packed from its freezer. (more…)

06/03/15 7:00am
Blue Iris B & B in Cutchogue. (Credit: Cyndi Murray)

Blue Iris B & B in Cutchogue is a stop on the NoFo House Tour which runs from noon to 5 p.m. on June 6. The Sunnyland Jazz Band will provide live music there throughout the day. (Credit: Cyndi Murray)

Enjoy a tour of three quaint B&B’s, two beautiful North Fork farms and get a taste of local food and wine — all while supporting a good cause.

The NoFo House and Farm Tour will be held Saturday, June 6 from noon to 5 p.m. (more…)

12/02/14 9:49am
8 Hands Farm's wool dryer balls can reduce the time and money you spend on laundry. (Credit: Cyndi Murray)

8 Hands Farm’s wool dryer balls can reduce the time and money you spend on laundry. (Credit: Cyndi Murray)

In life we all have to do things we don’t want to do, one of those things being laundry. But while it can’t be avoided, it can be improved.

Local businesses are making it easier for you to do more eco-friendly laundry — and did we mention that it’s cheaper than doing it the traditional way? (more…)