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Eating more local veggies is on the to-do list for 2023. (Photo Credit: Victoria Caruso)

The new year is here, and with it comes new opportunities for some North Fork fun. In the spirit of new year resolutions, we asked our staffers to share what they’re determined to do this year. Here’s what they said:

I’m determined to spend more time out on the water this year. I used to be a sailing instructor and loved being able to spend so much time out and around the water during the summers. Growing up on the North Fork out on the water is one of the many reasons I feel lucky to call the North Fork home and I plan to take full advantage of that this year.

— Kaitlyn Burke, Advertising Account Executive

Half of me is terrified to put this in writing, but the other half knows that it may be the only way I actually hold myself accountable. This winter, I am determined to join the North Fork Polar Bear Club in a cold water swim. I’ve been considering the plunge for a while now but have come up with every excuse as to why I couldn’t commit. But honestly, what better time than now? Meg McGinnis, you win!

— Michelina Da Fonte, Content Director

After a year of reporting at local farms and seeing all of the mouthwatering produce, I’ve been inspired to eat more local vegetables this year and make an attempt to develop a green thumb. I’ve already started growing microgreens, a decision highly influenced by a visit to The Naked Farm in East Marion. I’m excited for farm stand season to return, which is when you’ll find me doing a veggie-crawl of the North Fork.

— Victoria Caruso, Lifestyle Reporter

While some people are observing “Dry January,” I’m hoping to take advance of the peace and quiet this time of year to explore a new winery or two and taste some wine! In Laurel, Ev & Em officially reopened in the former Laurel Lake space last May and I haven’t had the chance to visit. Veteran local winemaker Kelly Koch also launched her new wine label, Poppy & Rose Wine Co., last year and I’ve been meaning to pop in to taste them at Woodside Orchards in Aquebogue. Cheers! See you on the wine trail.

— Tara Smith, Digital Content Director

As a newcomer to the North Fork and a beer drinker who has been strongly averse to wine, I will make it my mission in 2023 to learn what I have been missing out on. Once a month, I will try a new style of wine at a different fan-favorite location along the North Fork, from Roanoke Vineyards in Riverhead to Kontokosta Winery in Greenport.

— Nicholas Grasso, Lifestyle Reporter