It’s not grapes but rather livestock farming that is currently changing the agricultural landscape of the North Fork, the New York Times wrote in a feature that makes mention of more than a half-dozen local farms. READ
Sure you’ve heard of dining that is farm-to-table, sea-to-table, farm-to-glass or any combination that translates to food and beverage taken directly from the source.
But here is a new one: farm to food truck. (more…)
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…)
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…)
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…)
Some of the North Fork’s old potato fields are giving way to free-range chickens and Icelandic sheep — and the New York Times has taken notice. (more…)