03/24/19 6:10am

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Salvatore D’Elia founded Del Fiore Italian Pork Store in Patchogue with family members nearly 50 years ago.

Three years later, he expanded with his Italian market in Rocky Point, where he can still be seen today working alongside his wife and two daughters, who now manage the family business. (more…)

03/20/19 6:01am

Holly Browder with one of her rare breed of sheep. (Credit: Tara Smith)

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Holly Browder and her husband, Chris, were up to their ears in wool sheared from their flock of about 20 heritage Cotswold sheep raised on their Mattituck livestock farm.

“We didn’t know what to do with it all,” Browder said, sifting through a large paper leaf bag brimming with raw fleece. (more…)

03/01/19 5:30am

Karen Rivara at Whiskey Wind Tavern in Greenport.

It’s the first day of winter.

Many farmers have let out a sigh of relief after another grueling season. Perhaps they’ve put away the equipment, their sights set on warmer weather.

Not Karen Rivara. (more…)

11/08/18 6:10am

The sun hasn’t quite come up as Marin Brennan gets to work at Bedell Cellars on a brisk October morning. “It wakes you right up,” she says, unfazed by the autumn winds gusting through the vineyard and potent fermentation aromas swirling as grapes are pressed.

The harvest is nearly done, although a few stragglers — merlot, cabernet franc, petit verdot — remain.

As grape clusters come off their vines, much work remains in the cellar. That work will be completed this year by a team of women.  (more…)

08/10/18 6:00am

It wasn’t your average paint night.

Trading canvas, paint and easel for rice paper, ink and a freshly caught sea bass, our class of about 20 got a hands-on look at the art of gyotaku last Friday.

Dissected, the Japanese word means gyo, fish, and taku, rubbing. Croton-on-Hudson based artist Joe Mullins has been making these fish prints for more than a decade. (more…)