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An Icelandic sheep at 8 Hands Farm in Cutchogue. (Credit: Randee Daddona)

It’s not grapes but rather livestock farming that is currently changing the agricultural landscape of the North Fork, the New York Times wrote in a feature that makes mention of more than a half-dozen local farms. 

In the piece, Long Island Farm Bureau administrative director Rob Carpenter attributes the growing success of livestock operations to consumers wanting to know “where their meat is coming from.” The Peconic Land Trust, which has purchased and sold at an affordable price many of the acres being used by these new farmers, is credited with helping to pave the way.

The article also touches on the rising controversy surrounding Fresh & Co.’s proposal to farm mostly preserved land in Orient and mentions seven livestock operations worth visiting on the North Fork.

The list of suggested farm includes Browder’s Birds, Deep Roots Farm, 8 Hands Farm, Feisty Acres, Goodale Farms, McCall Wines and Peconic Escargot. Hit all of them up on one visit and you’ll be eating good for weeks.

Here’s a link to the New York Times article.