12/05/17 6:02am

Family and tradition are two things Ed Dart has always valued. The 67-year-old Peconic resident grew up in Southold watching his parents experiment with new ways to make a profit from their farm, which has been in the Dart family for 101 years. They built what he claims was one of the North Fork’s first farm stands in 1945. And his father, Fred Dart, established a retail vegetable route, delivering fresh produce to summer and weekend communities on the North Fork.

Like his parents, Mr. Dart also wanted to think of a new way to help keep the legacy alive.

In 1967, while preparing for his first year at the University of Rhode Island, he pitched his parents the idea of raising Christmas trees on the then 35-acre farm.

Mr. Dart recalled planting the first crop before he left for college and hoping the trees would be ready to sell by the time he graduated. But it wasn’t until 1975 that they sold the trees, he said, and he was shocked that they were a hit.

“Everybody came in, bought all of our trees and there were none left,” he said. (more…)

10/31/17 10:15am

This Southold home is listed for $1,750,000. (Credit: Town & Country Real Estate)

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This Southold home is a “sublime” Soundfront contemporary.

The home is designed for entertaining, said listing agent Nick Planamento of Town & Country Real Estate. It features a waterside terrace extending off the kitchen, with Long Island Sound views from the living room and dining room. A master bedroom suite, full bathroom and additional bedroom round out the first floor. (more…)

10/16/17 6:02am
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Katie Peters inside her new Southold fitness studio Underground Training. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

The North Fork may be lacking in large, multi-amenity sports membership clubs, but boutique fitness operations abound.

The newest is located in the Feather Hill complex in Southold, where Katie Peters has launched Underground Fitness, a 1,200-square-foot space which opened on Oct. 1.

Peters, who has worked as a trainer for the past four years, decided to undertake the venture after a brief stint working for the U.S. Department of Agriculture. She also holds a master’s degree in education and is a certified secondary school science teacher, but noted the difficulty in finding a full-time position on the East End.

So like many of her local peers, the Orient native found that entrepreneurship was a more viable path for making a living on the North Fork.

“I decided I was going to do what I love instead of a job that pays the bills,” said Peters, who is 31 and lives in Southold. (more…)

08/22/17 6:02am

The brand new Southold Farm + Cellar tasting room. (Credit: Regan Meador courtesy)

On Friday, Southold Farm + Cellar’s second day back in business after more than a year, co-owner and winemaker Regan Meador tells me he has just killed five scorpions. They commonly crawl along his 62-acre property and can range in size from the diameter of a quarter to the length of a human palm, he says.

“We’re in a whole new world out here,” he says.

Indeed they are. (more…)

08/09/17 3:10pm

In addition to the Winery of the Year award, Sparkling Pointe also won for best pink sparkling wine. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder, file photo)

The bubbly will likely be flowing at Sparkling Pointe this week, as the Southold winery was named “Winery of the Year” Wednesday at the New York Wine and Food Classic.

The event, considered the premier contest for New York wine, was held in upstate Watkins Glen Aug. 8-9.

The award was a tie between CK Cellars/Torrey Ridge Winery from the Finger Lakes Region and Sparkling Pointe. The North Fork vineyard, which makes exclusively sparkling wine, also won the “Best Sparkling Wine” award for its 2014 Topaz Imperial.
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08/01/17 6:00am

This Southold home is on the market for $1.2 million. (Credit: Beninati Associates, courtesy)

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This open and airy Southold home offers the perfect place offers to entertain or unwind, both inside and outside.

The interior of the four-bedroom, 3.5 bathroom home comes with two master suites — one on the first floor, which contains a sitting area and another on the second floor, which is private and separate from the other guest rooms. (more…)