08/28/16 6:00am
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Farmer Walter Hodun Jr. said picking a bushel (50 pounds) goes fast because the fruit is clustered together and plants are two feet apart. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

I talked to farmer Eddie Hodun Jr. at his 10-acre U-pick farm in Calverton this week and he pointed out that this is “the kick-off week” for tomatoes, especially for the variety of tomatoes many people want to make fresh sauce. He explained that the weather has been just hot enough “it brings out the sugar in the fruit.” (more…)

07/03/16 6:00am
Field of sunflowers at Crescent Duck Far on Main Road in Aquebogue. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

Field of sunflowers at Crescent Duck Far on Main Road in Aquebogue. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

The first full week of summer has flown by and the North Fork is all abuzz. So stop and take time to look around at what summer has to offer in between the sounds of sizzling barbecue grills and the jingle of the Mister Softee truck coming down the block.

I took some time this week to take in the scenery before this busy holiday weekend started. I suggest you do the same and smile! (more…)

03/27/16 10:17am
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Credit: Barbaraellen Koch photos

Dart’s Tree Farm on Main Bayview Road in Southold is well known for its outstanding cut-your-own Christmas trees.

But about seven years ago the Darts added a colorful and unusual feature to their farm — an aviary housing a small flock of peacocks. (more…)

05/25/15 9:53am
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Martin Sidor Farms on Oregon Road in Mattituck. (Barbaraelln Koch photos)

The picturesque Oregon Road, which stretches some three miles from Mill Lane in Mattituck to Cutchogue’s Bridge Lane, was originally built so people living nearby had access to the grist mill on Mattituck Inlet, according to Norman Wamback, curator and historian at the Mattituck Laurel Historical Society. The area was settled in the 1840’s and farming along the road soon flourished.  (more…)