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 80to 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…)
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)
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…)
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…)