08/29/18 5:58am

Children learning outside the classroom. (File photo)

August is a wistful month on the North Fork. We try to make each day last as long as possible, savoring the summer’s wonderful things to do, eat and see. As August winds down, my family looks on the bright side: relief from sticky weather, reunions with teammates, and soon, activities like pumpkin picking and costume-creating. I feel lucky that our kids look forward to the first day of school, too, and that we’ve been able to instill in them a love of learning that transcends the classroom. (more…)

07/24/18 6:05am

Jenna Stankaitis of Calverton gets her face painted at a recent Love Lane First Fridays.

As I scroll through Instagram and Facebook, I’m seeing a lot of beautiful landscapes, ice-cream-smeared grins, and flat tires on mountain roads. It’s high season for family vacations, the American ritual of piling into planes, trains and automobiles for destinations both unknown and well-worn.

But you won’t see far-flung travel photos on North Fork Family social media. The gorgeous vistas are cumulus clouds over Little Peconic Bay and the treeline across acres of fields at Hallockville Museum Farm. The smeared ice cream is from Magic Fountain. The flat is being patched at Eastern Tire. We aren’t going anywhere.  (more…)

06/13/18 10:11am

The good life at Catapano Dairy Farm. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

Five different birds trill and sing, competing for attention. Breezes whistle through leaves. Sunlight dapples the fragrant herbs by our feet. As we sit on our deck on a beautiful June afternoon, the North Fork’s bounty reaches all five of our senses.

Raising my kids here, they’re learning to appreciate more than pretty sights: they’re also smelling, hearing, touching, and tasting the place where they live.  (more…)