05/22/17 9:51am
The Garden Conservancy Open Days

A scene from the Cutchogue garden of Arnold and Karen Blair. (Credit: Vera Chinese photos)

Several years ago, Arnold and Karen Blair purchased a wooded lot adjacent to their Cutchogue home looking to ensure the peace and privacy on their waterfront property.

Today, it’s home to a sloping, meandering trail enhanced by lush perennials planted under towering oak trees.

“Once we had it, we said, ‘well, what are we going to do with it,'” Mr. Blair recalled. “Now it’s like a little park.” (more…)

04/17/17 6:02am
Downs Farm Preserve in Cutchogue. (Credit: Northforker file photo)

Downs Farm Preserve in Cutchogue. (Credit: Northforker file photo)

Group for the East End will once again host an Earth Day Festival at Downs Farm Preserve in Cutchogue on Saturday, April 22 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The family-friendly event will feature live animals, nature hikes, crafts, a plant sale, music by Julia King and raffles. (more…)

04/06/17 6:01am
Harvest Box cutchogue

Russ and Karen L’HommeDieu prepare to test out recipes at their home in Cutchogue Friday afternoon. (Credit: Krysten Massa)

Russ L’HommeDieu knocked on the doors of over 30 homes this past Monday, boxes of vegan-friendly food in hand.

It was all part of a new business the Cutchogue entrepreneur and his wife, Karen, recently started called Harvest Food Box.

Similar in approach to popular home delivery recipe options like Blue Apron or HelloFresh, the L’HommeDieus have created pre-assembled meals that can be cooked in a crockpot. (more…)

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…)

03/01/17 6:01am
Peconic Bay Winery in Cutchogue has released two new sparkling wines. Both bottles, a blancs de blanc made from chardonnay and a blancs de nor made from pinot noir, retail for $25. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

Peconic Bay Winery in Cutchogue has released two new sparkling wines. Both bottles, a blanc de blanc made from chardonnay and a blanc de noir made from chardonnay and pinot noir, retail for $25. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

Peconic Bay Winery in Cutchogue, which closed its tasting room’s doors in 2013, has been resurrected.

Sort of.

Tastings and bottles of New York State wines, ciders and beers have quietly been offered at the winery’s Main Road tasting room since September. The concept is the same as that of Empire State Cellars, a now-closed New York State wine and liquor store at Tanger Outlets, according to longtime Peconic Bay Winery employee Cynthia Caprise.  (more…)

02/03/17 3:11pm
Vanston Road Cutchogue

This property located at 5250 Vanston Road in Cutchogue recently sold for $8.9 million. (Credit: Daniel Gale Sotheby’s International Realty)

A 15-acre waterfront compound in Cutchogue’s Nassau Point section sold for $8.9 million on Friday, making it the highest bayfront residential sale in North Fork history.

The property, known as Glendalough, was built by Canadian investment banker William Justus Keugh Vanston in the 1920s and has since passed through three generations of his family. The area was largely undeveloped when it was built, according to his granddaughter. (more…)