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Barbaraellen Koch

07/31/16 6:45am
Rose picking Victoria Blue salvias.

Rose checking on the Ageratum at Andrews Family Farm. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch photos)

The third session of the children’s summer program “Farm Days with Rose” will be held today, July 31, at Andrews Family Farm on Sound Avenue in Wading River.

Participants will get a chance to cut field flowers and make their own flower bouquet, as well as tour the farm and feed goats and chickens.

They’ll also get a chance to taste the first harvest of honey.

Sunday’s event, hosted by 19-year-old Rose Andrews, is designed to educate people about farming.

“I want to continue working on the farm and having the kids see it, touch it and experience it themselves — like I did,” she said.

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07/24/16 6:23am
Artist Frances Sherman of Quogue gets up close to the trucks she is painting. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

Artist Frances Sherman of Quogue gets up close to the trucks she is painting. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

Christine Mistretta Dupuis always enjoyed plein air painting, but in an effort to enjoy it even more the Riverhead artist launched a group five years ago so painters didn’t have to go it alone.

Island East Plein Air Painters is a group of local artists who get together to paint local scenes.  (more…)

07/17/16 6:30am
The 'Clam Man' Bob Bourguignon counts out some blue claws for Val Abbate of Southampton (center) and her father-in law Gus Abbate of East Meadow Friday when the seafood stand opened on Flanders Road. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

The ‘Clam Man’ Bob Bourguignon counts out some blue claws for Val Abbate of Southampton (center) and her father-in law Gus Abbate of East Meadow Friday when the seafood stand opened on Flanders Road. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

Gus Abbate of East Meadow and his daughter-in-law Val Abbate of Southampton were first in line at 11:45 a.m. Friday to buy crabs in front of Bob Bourguignon’s seafood stand at his home on Flanders Road.

“Oh, definitely we are first in line,” Ms. Abbate said. “We try to get here a 1/2 hour early and we always get the crabs. There is none better and the price is right.”  (more…)

07/10/16 6:00am

Deep Roots Farm

In 2012, married couple Brianne and Thomas Hart started farming on leased land in Orient. One year later, they purchased a farmhouse on an 8-acre lot in Southold.

When Thomas needed to register his farm with the state, he searched online for farm name ideas and came across “Deep Roots.”

After he settled on the name Deep Roots Farm, he later found out it was the same name as a former North Fork farm.

“We want to put down roots in this community,” he said. “I’m not going anywhere and our families are not. We are trying to figure out how to make a living and stay in Southold.”

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07/03/16 6:00am
Field of sunflowers at Crescent Duck Far on Main Road in Aquebogue. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

Field of sunflowers at Crescent Duck Far on Main Road in Aquebogue. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

The first full week of summer has flown by and the North Fork is all abuzz. So stop and take time to look around at what summer has to offer in between the sounds of sizzling barbecue grills and the jingle of the Mister Softee truck coming down the block.

I took some time this week to take in the scenery before this busy holiday weekend started. I suggest you do the same and smile! (more…)