When Edwin Tuccio, owner of North Quarter Farm and Tweeds Restaurant and Buffalo Bar, both in Riverhead, first realized one of his bison had given birth to a black calf in 2009, he was shocked. At the time, Tuccio was president of the National Bison Foundation. After making a handful of calls to other bison raisers, he realized how rare it was for a calf to be black.
Now those rarities have become almost a yearly occurrence at the farm.
“I don’t know how it happens; it just happens,” said Tuccio, who now has three newborn black calves on the farm. Two of the newest black bison were born the first week in May and a third was born Monday. “For some reason my herd throw off these very rare black bison.”(more…)
A calf born this spring at North Quarter Farm in Riverhead. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)
When I learned earlier this week that President Obama signed a law Monday making bison the first national mammal, I decided to pay a visit to Riverhead’s own herd at North Quarter Farm on Roanoke Avenue.
There, owner Ed Tuccio drove me around as I stood safely on the bed of his big black pickup to get a better view of these magnificent creatures grazing and lunching on hay in one of the vast pastures of his 250 acres.
Tuccio, owner of Tweed’s Restaurant and Buffalo Bar in downtown Riverhead and Fishel Tuccio Real Estate, has had a fondness for bison for years. He and his wife, Dee Muma, started North Quarter Farm in 1978.
“We bought every farm around because we knew land would be too expensive one day,” he said. “We started with horses, then some cows, corn and added the bison.” (more…)
Then join Peconic Land Trust for its annual series of conversations with local farmers and food and beverage producers. Whether it’s a discussion on drinks with chef Noah Schwartz of Noah’s or dessert with Patty’s Berries and Bunches, there’s sure to be something for everyone. (more…)