08/31/16 1:38pm
Sadly, we spotted these pumpkins for sale at Krupski Farms in Peconic on Tuesday. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

Sadly, we spotted these pumpkins for sale at Krupski Farms in Peconic on Tuesday. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

I’ve been ignoring those displays of mums lined up outside the grocery store and popping up at our local farm stands.

It’s because these bright yellow and purple plants make me start thinking about the end of the tomato harvest, the end of bottles of Long Island wine shared on the back deck and no longer dressing my infant daughter in the cutest pair of denim overall shorts you’ve ever seen. Also, I’ll be reminded of how little my family used the pool this sumer, and that if you add up opening, closing and chemical costs, we spent about $237 per dip.

But take a ride out to Peconic and you’ll see some round, orange reminders that the days of running into the bay with abandon are in the single digits. (more…)

10/14/15 6:27am
A trio of dried gourds. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

A trio of dried gourds. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

For the artistically inclined, fall is a fantastic time to make something decorative. That’s because the materials traditionally associated with autumnal crafts — think corn, hay bales, pumpkins and mums — are inexpensive and plentiful on the North Fork. Best of all, they don’t require a lot of know-how.

“At this time of year, there’s a lot of natural stuff available,” agreed Vicki Normandin of Riverhead, who’s been a member of Cutchogue’s Old Town Arts and Crafts Guild for the past six years. “The colors are absolutely beautiful. They’re so rich and vibrant.”

Eager to get started? The following ideas from local crafters are sure to help channel your inner Martha Stewart. (more…)

09/01/15 12:41pm
Pumpkins at Krupski Farms in Peconic. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

Pumpkins at Krupski’s Farm in Peconic. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

Chances are your pool is still open and you’re sleeping with the air conditioning on, but we spotted the first orange harbingers of fall at Krupski’s Farm in Peconic on Tuesday.

Labor Day weekend is when local farm stands generally start displaying pumpkins and preparing for fall agritainment activities. But since Labor Day falls so late this year (September 7), you’ll be seeing autumn gourds several days before the holiday. (more…)

09/30/14 1:00pm
Peter Lynch of Rockville Centre carries pumpkins to the cash register as his family watches. (Barbaraellen Koch)

Peter Lynch of Rockville Centre carries pumpkins to the cash register at Stakey’s Pumpkin Farm as his family watches. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

It’s that time of year again, when families come from western Long Island and beyond to pluck their own pumpkins for Halloween jack-o’-lanterns and to decorate the Thanksgiving table.

If you don’t want to be the only family on the block without your stoop or window sill decorated with the big orange gourd of fall, we have a list of places to pick you own.
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