10/02/16 11:23am
Credit: Barbaraellen Koch

Marianne and Wayne Hallock, owners of Hallock’s Cider Mill, have created a gnome tree on their property, which is located next to the bakery and farm stand. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

Marianne and Wayne Hallock, owners of Hallock’s Cider Mill in Laurel, reside next door to the farm stand and bakery in an old North Fork farmhouse built in 1860.

After one heavy snowstorm last February, the top of a beautiful old maple tree — some 40 plus feet tall — was ripped off. While Wayne was trying to figure out how to cut the tree down, Marianne had other ideas.

She took to the internet and found some inspiration on Pinterest. (more…)

01/17/16 6:02am
Credit: Barbaraellen Koch

Credit: Barbaraellen Koch

Our staff photographer Barbaraellen Koch captured this vivid sunset during an evening drive on New Suffolk Avenue on Wednesday, Jan. 13.

“As you drive along New Suffolk there are so many opportunities to take a photo,” she said. “Its like you’re in a different place every half mile or so.”

Sunsets are clearer in autumn in winter because the clean, dry air allows more colors of the spectrum to shine through, according to weather.com. (more…)

10/25/15 10:35am
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Jenette and Roary O’Rourke of Calverton standup paddleboard from their home on Pinehurst Blvd. in Calverton to Grangebel Park in downtown Riverhead, taking in the fall foliage along the way.

There is perhaps no better way to take in fall foliage than on a standup paddleboard, like Jenette and Roary O’Rourke of Calverton did earlier this week.

The couple, who are both paddleboard instructors, have lived near the head of the Peconic River at Peconic Lake for the past ten years. Once a week they take their 11-foot boards and travel the four-mile stretch east to Grangebel Park.

“It is great seeing all the fish and wildlife. This week we saw a hugh fresh water eel,” Ms. O’Rourke said. “It is wonderful exercise and so relaxing. It is so comfortable with no winds or waves.”

The following fall foliage scenes were shot around Peconic Lake in Calverton, Grangebel Park in downtown Riverhead, New Suffolk and Cutchogue.

Enjoy!

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05/03/15 9:39am
Lyle Wells asparagus

Farmer Lyle Wells at an asparagus field on Sound Avenue. The field is being harvested this week. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch photos)

Eleventh generation North Fork farmer Lyle Wells of Aquebogue began harvesting the asparagus in his fields earlier this week, a sure sign that the worst of this brutal winter and chilly early spring is behind us.

“Spring is finally here, that’s what it means to a lot of people,” Wells said. “Nice fresh local produce. Good today and winter is finally over.” (more…)

04/12/15 10:28am
Barbara Shinn shows sap "weeping" from a sauvignon blanc vine after a pruning cut. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

Barbara Shinn shows sap “weeping” from a sauvignon blanc vine after a pruning cut. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

When Barbara Shinn of Shinn Estate Vineyards posted a Facebook photo of sap starting to “weep” from the vines and then freeze as it dripped, we knew we had to see it for ourselves. I stopped in to see her Saturday morning after a couple of rainy days and she directed me to the sauvignon blanc vines. (more…)