02/23/17 6:05am

At MarGene Farms in Mattituck, you could say the food cycle is bedroom to farm to table.

Farmer Gene Krupski plants artichokes, tomatoes, peppers and other vegetables right on his kitchen counter. He begins the process in January and February, when he fills plant cells with soil and seeds and then places the plastic dome-covered cells in his light-filled bedroom.

After the seedlings sprout, they’re moved from the bedroom’s large windows to Mr. Krupski’s en suite bathroom. The fledging plants love the moisture and warmth the shower provides, he said.

“It’s crazy,” Mr. Krupski, who owns his farm with his wife, Maryann, said of the jungle-like conditions in his sleeping quarters. “You can’t even get out of bed. I have plants surrounding us.” (more…)

09/12/16 3:30pm
Ducks at Ty Llwyd Farm in Riverhead. (Credit: photos by Vera Chinese)

Ducks at Ty Llwyd Farm in Riverhead. (Credit: photos by Vera Chinese)

For the question of what makes the North Fork so special, the answer can be found on the North Fork Foodie Tour.

Now in its 10th year, the self-guided tour, which is the North Fork Reform Synagogue’s only fundraiser, offers a behind-the-scenes look at small-scale vegetable growing, winemaking and raising livestock on the East End.

It also gives participants a chance to get to know our local farmers and sample some of their scrumptious products. (more…)

12/11/15 1:16pm
Treats by Donna's Treatery are made with real chicken, pumpkin, sweet potato, peanut butter, ginger and oatmeal. (Credit: Monique Singh-Roy)

Treats by Donna’s Treatery are made with real chicken, pumpkin, sweet potato, peanut butter, ginger, brussell sprouts and oatmeal. (Credit: Monique Singh-Roy)

We all know the health advantages of eating unprocessed foods, so why not offer those same benefits to our pets?

That’s the idea behind “Donna’s Treatery,” a line of natural pet treats created by Donna Burden in her Mattituck kitchen.

(more…)

07/27/15 2:21pm
Maryann Krupski shows off a container full of artichokes. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

Maryann Krupski shows off a container full of artichokes. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

At long last, the Artichokes are here!

Farmers Gene and Maryann Krupski of MarGene Farms in Mattituck planted the seeds for the green and purple globe artichokes in the master bathroom of their home back in January.

They were then transplanted to a high tunnel greenhouse on the 56-acre certified organic farm and fertilized for two weeks to encourage them to bud before planting in the ground. (more…)

06/08/15 6:23am
Produce for sale at the Greenport Farmers Market. (Credit: Courtesy Greenport Farmers Market)

Produce for sale at the Greenport Farmers Market. (Credit: Courtesy Greenport Farmers Market)

The Greenport Farmers Market will return next weekend, opening for its fifth season. This year the market will set up shop in a brand new location — the parking lot located at the corner of South and Second streets. (more…)

07/07/14 9:00am
Credit: Vera Chinese

Yellow peaches from Davis Peach Farm in Wading River. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

Want to prepare a farm-to-table meal using only produce, dairy and meat grown right here on the North Fork? Stop by the Riverhead Farmers Market for everything you need. (more…)