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…)

03/24/17 6:02am
An Icelandic sheep at 8 Hands Farm in Cutchogue on Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2017. (Credit: Randee Daddona)

An Icelandic sheep at 8 Hands Farm in Cutchogue on Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2017. (Credit: Randee Daddona)

The Icelandic sheep flock at 8 Hands Farm, in Cutchogue, can increase from 80  to 200 animals during lambing season. That’s when dozens of woolly little lambs come not-quite-yet baaing and bleating into the world, sometimes as many as 15 a day.

“The whole month of April, you’re on call,” said Tom Geppel, 51, who owns the farm with his wife, Carol Festa, 49. That requires Geppel to literally roll up his sleeves and help laboring ewes deliver their lambs, which may often be twins or even triplets. “You talk about a learning curve,” Geppel said. “No one can teach you that.” (more…)

03/21/17 6:01am
The cover of the first northforker magazine. (Credit: photo by Bridget Elkin, graphics by Eric Hod)

The cover of the first northforker magazine. (Credit: photo by Bridget Elkin, graphics by Eric Hod)

The following is a message from the editor of northforker printed in the inaugural issue of northforker magazine. The free publication is available at wineries, restaurants and newsstands around the North Fork. Get your copy now.

What’s so great about the North Fork?

As the editor of northforker.com, it’s a question I’m often asked, so it seemed a fitting subject to explore in the inaugural issue of northforker magazine (see the magazine’s cover story).

We’d rather show than tell you what makes it so great — whether that be an Icelandic sheep farm providing sustainably produced meat to the community or the best places for a soul resetting hike on Shelter Island. We also want to share the stories of the people who make it all happen.

We hope to do all of that here. (more…)