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…)

03/15/16 9:37am
Goats at Catapano Dairy Farm in Peconic. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

Goats at Catapano Dairy Farm in Peconic. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

With the vernal equinox less then a week away, more North Fork farms, markets and shops are springing to life and getting ready to open. (more…)

04/27/15 10:04am
Hallock's Cider Mill in Laurel has opened for the season. The bakery offers customized gift baskets. (Credit: Jen Nuzzo)

Hallock’s Cider Mill in Laurel has opened for the season. The bakery offers customized gift baskets. (Credit: Jen Nuzzo)

As you approach the entrance of Hallock’s Cider Mill in Laurel, the air becomes sweeter with the scent of freshly prepared pies cooling, soups simmering and breads baking, among other homemade treats.

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12/12/13 12:14pm
Photo by Barbaraellen Koch | Christopher Junda of Junda's Pastry Crust and Crumbs.

Photo by Barbaraellen Koch | Christopher Junda of Junda’s Pastry Crust and Crumbs.

Believe it or not, Christmas is less than two weeks away. Between all the shopping and decorating, the thought of breaking out flour, sugar, pots and pans to bake goods for your celebration is probably the last thing on your mind. Fortunately, there are several local spots to get your holiday treats on the table without the hassle. (more…)