11/29/16 6:00am
Shellabration returns to Greenport Dec. 3 and 4. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder, file photo)

Shellabration returns to Greenport Dec. 3 and 4. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder, file photo)

Indulge in the bounty of our bays during Shellabration, the annual Greenport restaurant walk that benefits Cornell Cooperative Extension’s marine programs.

The two-day festival is set for Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 3-4. Restaurants will offer participants $5 small shellfish plates paired with $3 sips of Long Island wine or beer (and in one case, sake). (more…)

11/15/16 6:01am
Stay at the Ram's head Inn on Shelter Island this fall.

Stay at the Ram’s Head Inn on Shelter Island this fall.

The crowds have thinned, the summer heat is gone and the off-season is officially upon us.

Many hotels offer special deals to entice visitors to the North Fork during the fall. Here are three of them. (more…)

10/05/16 5:59am
Freshly shucked oysters. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder, file photo)

Freshly shucked oysters. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder, file photo)

Celebrate the North Fork’s favorite bivalve this Sunday, Oct. 9, at Greenport Harbor Brewing Co.’s fourth annual Oyster Festival.

Held at the brewery’s Greenport location, the event is presented in conjunction with Little Creek Oysters and celebrates Long Island’s rich history in oyster cultivation. (more…)

07/17/16 6:45am
North Fork Egg Farm's chicken coops were designed by architect Meryl Kramer. (Credit: Monique Singh-Roy)

North Fork Egg Farm’s chicken coops were designed by architect Meryl Kramer. (Credit: Monique Singh-Roy)

They say that if you build a better mousetrap, the world will beat a path to your door. But as the popularity of raising backyard chickens continues to grow, many North Forkers are opting to build their own chicken coops or hen houses — either from scratch or repurposed materials. Here are four decidedly one-of-a-kind examples:

Eight years ago, Matt and Marilyn Pasierb of East Marion launched North Fork Egg Farm with 35 free-range hens. Today, the Southold operation is home to 450.  (more…)

04/18/16 6:03am
Cornell Cooperative Extension horticulture consultant Alice Raimondo examines some garden soil. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

Cornell Cooperative Extension horticulture consultant Alice Raimondo examines some garden soil. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

For beginning gardeners — or even experienced ones — problems can always arise when working out a green thumb.

Some, like an insect infestation, can be pretty obvious. But others, like unbalanced soil, will likely not be so noticeable to the untrained eye.

To find out if the dirt in your garden is causing trouble, stop by Cornell Cooperative Extension’s office on Griffing Avenue in Riverhead with a cup and a half of soil and five dollars. There, horticulture consultants Alice Raimondo and Sandra Vultaggio will test your soil’s pH balance and soluble salts level. (more…)

12/05/15 8:21pm
Oysters "Friskafella," Greenport clam and oyster chowder and Peconic Bay scallops with spicy eggplant purée at The Frisky Oyster. (Credit: Vera Chinese photos)

Oysters “Friskafella,” Greenport clam and oyster chowder and Peconic Bay scallops with spicy eggplant purée at The Frisky Oyster. (Credit: Vera Chinese photos)

Scallop ceviche, oysters “Friskafella” and creamy New England clam chowder were just a few of the delectable dishes offered to the hundreds of people who descended on Greenport Village on Saturday, Dec. 5 to sample the briny bounty of our waters for the fourth annual Shellabration festival.

The two-day festival raises money for Cornell Cooperative Extension’s Back to Bays initiative and and the Southold Project in Aquaculture Training, a Cornell program that encourages locals to grow shellfish.

Restaurants pair with local wineries to offer $5 tasting platters of local shellfish and $3 tastes of wine. (more…)

11/30/15 12:56pm
Expect small plates of seafood paired with Long Island wine at participating Greenport restaurants for the annual Shellabration festival set for Dec. 5 and Dec. 6. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder file photo)

Expect small plates of seafood paired with Long Island wine at participating Greenport restaurants for the annual Shellabration festival set for Dec. 5 and Dec. 6. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder file photo)

The oysters and scallops of Peconic Bay are at their finest, which means one very important thing for seafood-loving locavores — it’s time to “Shellabrate” again in Greenport.

The third annual Shellabration festival, which celebrates the bounty of the bay and benefits a local charity, will return to the village from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 5 and Sunday, Dec. 6. (more…)