10/02/16 11:23am
Credit: Barbaraellen Koch

Marianne and Wayne Hallock, owners of Hallock’s Cider Mill, have created a gnome tree on their property, which is located next to the bakery and farm stand. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

Marianne and Wayne Hallock, owners of Hallock’s Cider Mill in Laurel, reside next door to the farm stand and bakery in an old North Fork farmhouse built in 1860.

After one heavy snowstorm last February, the top of a beautiful old maple tree — some 40 plus feet tall — was ripped off. While Wayne was trying to figure out how to cut the tree down, Marianne had other ideas.

She took to the internet and found some inspiration on Pinterest. (more…)

09/18/16 9:40am
Chardonnay grapes are pressed for Martha Clara Vineyards sparkling wine at the Premium Wine Group in Mattituck on Wednesday, Sept. 7. (Credit: Randee Daddona)

Chardonnay grapes are pressed for Martha Clara Vineyards sparkling wine at the Premium Wine Group in Mattituck on Wednesday, Sept. 7. (Credit: Randee Daddona)

Looking at a murky, bubbling pool of grape juice (see below), it can be hard to believe it will be turned into something as refined as sparkling wine. But therein lies the magic of winemaking.  (more…)

09/11/16 11:10am
Olivia Rangel assembles gomphrena bouquets at Patty’s Berries & Bunches in Mattituck. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch photos)

Olivia Rangel assembles gomphrena bouquets at Patty’s Berries and Bunches in Mattituck. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch photos)

Riding down Sound Avenue on the North Fork this time of year, it is uplifting to see the large expanses of sunflowers, zinnias, cosmos, gladiolas and dahlias by the side of the roads.

Rows of vegetables are flanked by flower fields, often grown and harvested by the same farmers to sell in bouquets at their stands. Some are ordered and planted in advance just for special occasions such as weddings, anniversaries and graduations.  (more…)

09/04/16 9:29am

We were first introduced to The Farm Beyond farmers Melissa and Ed Henrey in a story Northforker editor Vera Chinese wrote back in March, at the beginning of this year’s growing season. They announced they would be growing “farmed foraged crops” on a five acre organic plot leased from the Peconic Land Trust on Youngs Avenue in Southold and selling their produce and flowers at a “pop-up” farm stand on Fridays and Saturdays. It is the height of the harvest now and I stopped in on Friday afternoon to see how their first season was going. (more…)

08/21/16 12:17pm
The sun sets over Creek in Cutchogue. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

The sun sets over Mud Creek in Cutchogue. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

Last week, I put out a call to my fellow Times Review Media Group employees for the best and most scenic drives on the North Fork.

The first response came from our calendar editor Laura Huber who suggested a meandering ride down Nassau Point Road. The street travels over the causeway that separates this picturesque peninsula from the rest of the North Fork.

It does not disappoint. (more…)

08/14/16 3:28pm
The vines at Pellegrini Vineyards in Cutchogue on Aug. 14, 2016. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

The vines at Pellegrini Vineyards in Cutchogue on Aug. 14, 2016. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

I snapped the above photo at Pellegrini Vineyards in Cutchogue today while checking to see if the grapes had undergone veraison.

Veraison marks the onset of rippening, when the grapes go from a floral green color to a deep, dark purple, and usually occurs around this time of year. But while looking for the darker grapes I couldn’t help but be reminded of another picture I took in the same vineyard some six months ago. (more…)