09/01/16 6:04am
Drianne Benner and Kevin Perry, co-owners of North Fork Flower Farm.

Drianne Benner and Kevin Perry, co-owners of North Fork Flower Farm.

The air is hot and humid as bees and butterflies flit from bloom to bloom at North Fork Flower Farm.

Located in the heart of Orient, the farm is hidden behind a tall fence and layers of brush and bramble. A narrow tree-lined path brings you to the middle of a large open field, where the farm sits like a secret garden.

That’s where co-owner Kevin Perry collects a bouquet of zinnias, as his wife and partner, Drianne Benner, inspects the dahlias.

“The dahlias and zinnias will go until the frost,” Ms. Benner said. “We’ll have plenty to continue harvest and we’ll see what else we can complement them with.” (more…)