04/05/17 6:01am
Deep Roots Farm in Southold. (Credit: vera Chinese, file photo)

Deep Roots Farm in Southold. (Credit: northforker file photo)

If you enjoyed reading about the farm-to-butcher shop at 8 Hands Farm in Cutchogue in the inaugural issue of northforker magazine, know that there are several options for purchasing local meat and eggs.

Remember that when you buy directly from the farmer, you can usually see for yourself if the animals are humanely raised without the use of artificial hormones or prophylactic antibiotics. You also cut out the middle man and help make North Fork farming sustainable.

And many would say it just tastes better.

Here are five North Fork farms, including 8 Hands, offering local meat. (more…)

04/04/17 6:02am
Lavender is one of many low-maintenance options for your backyard garden. (Credit: Kendall Stark. file photo)

Lavender is one of many low-maintenance options for your backyard garden. (Credit: Kendall Stark. file photo)

When decorating a home, plants and shrubbery are an important part in bringing life and color to your property. For second homeowners who don’t have the time to offer constant care, or those without a green thumb, low maintenance flora can be the perfect option.

Below are some plant suggestions from local nursery owners. (more…)

03/30/17 6:00am
Mashomack Preserve on a spring day. (Credit: James Colligan, courtesy)

Mashomack Preserve on a spring day. (Credit: James Colligan, courtesy)

There was a time when the phrase “get lost” was an insult. These days, it’s therapy.

When the world becomes too much for you, Shelter Island — the pearl in the prongs of the North and South forks — has thousands of acres of wooded trails, quiet country roads, and deserted beaches where you can treat your short fuse with a long walk. (more…)

03/29/17 6:03am
Threes brewing

Greg Doroski of Threes Brewing Co. (Credit: Matt Furman/Threes Brewing courtesy photo)

Standing at the counter of a coffeehouse located inside their Brooklyn brewery, Threes Brewing partners Greg Doroski and Josh Stylman are reminiscing about the early days of their then fledgling company.

Doroski, who was living full-time in his native Cutchogue, recalled a trip to Brooklyn three years ago to take a look at some of the equipment Threes would use to brew its beer.

“He was supposed to be a consultant,” said Stylman, a tech entrepreneur and investor with a background in marketing.

Drawing a deep breath, Doroski began to explain why it was once important for the relationship to stay that way. (more…)

03/28/17 6:03am
This recently renovated cottage located at 32660 Main Road is listed for $16,000 for the season. $5,000 for June and $7,000 each for July and August. (Credit: Town and Country Real Estate, courtesy)

This recently renovated cottage located at 32660 Main Road is listed for $20,000 for the season. $5,000 for June and $8,000 for August. (Credit: Town and Country Real Estate, courtesy)

Tired of spending your summers in Red Hook or Massapequa or wherever you call home? We recommend renting a quaint cottage or waterfront aerie, as whatever you fancy is sure to be found among the farms and vineyards and along the rugged coastline of Long Island’s charmingly anti-chic North Fork. Who knows? After spending a week, month or summer out here, you might just switch from being a renter to a buyer. (more…)

03/27/17 6:02am
An aerial view of the Long Island Sound in Greenport. (Credit: Bridget Elkin)

An aerial view of the Long Island Sound in Greenport. (Credit: Bridget Elkin)

As an aerial photographer, Bridget Elkin has a unique view of the North Fork. On a regular basis, the East Marion resident pilots a drone a few hundred feet above creeks, beaches, and rows of corn or vines, sharing the beauty she discovers with more than 9,000 Instagram followers at @northforkgrown.

But it’s not just from that rarely explored vantage point that Elkin fell in love with the place she’s called home for the past several years.

“Even just running an errand, I’m often stopped in my tracks and find myself needing to stop to take a photograph,” she said. “Photographers talk about the golden hour, but every hour on the North Fork is truly special.” (more…)