John and Maria Verderber and their three children at their family nursery in Aquebogue. (Credit: David Benthal)
There are lots of family businesses on the North Fork, but Verderber Nursery and landscape design company is a literal family tree. Run by husband-and-wife team John and Maria Verderber and their three children, aged 26 to 28, it’s safe to say that a love of horticulture and landscape design runs in the family.
Headquartered in Aquebogue but with plant-growing operations in Jamesport, Mattituck, Southold and Southampton, the 300-acre Ver Der Ber casts a broad stroke, growing conifers, shade trees, shrubs and perennials for both wholesale and retail usage. Verderber’s diverse Garden Center features a 110-acre nursery space, offering everything from a small $8.99 flowering perennial to a 30-year-old tree selling for $25,000.(more…)
Kyle and Emil Breitenbach at their Main Road farm stand Friday. (Credit: Cyndi Zaweski)
Brothers Emil and Kyle Breitenbach are reviving their Riverhead family’s generations-old farming legacy with the opening of their new Main Road farm stand in Aquebogue.
Breitenbach Farms lifted the garage-style doors of its modest red farm stand across the street from Verderber’s Nursery & Garden Center for a soft opening today, Friday, May 10. The location is an iconic one, operating as a farm stand for 75 years, originally as Skelly’s Farm Stand and for the last 20 years as Wells Homestead. (more…)
This beautifully appointed estate on Reeves Creek in Aquebogue is a treat for entertainers. The spacious beach-chic interior boasts oversized living quarters in both the master suite and the separate guest wing. (more…)
Perhaps the most talked-about issue on the North Fork these days is how to house our working young in an area where real estate prices continue to rise and job opportunities remain scarce.
College graduates are finding it difficult to stay in the area, families looking to buy a house can’t always afford to, and business owners lament the lack of housing for their employees. So how did we get here and what is being done about affordable housing? READ
A bbq pulled pork taco and chicken tortilla soup from Lucharitos was our lunch of choice this week. (Credit: Grant Parpan)
Walking in to Little Lucharitos in Aquebogue, there was a certain buzz in the air Wednesday afternoon. The crew was gathered with a few patrons in the dining room, looking up at the television screen as News 12 played.
The report they were all watching had to do with the eatery, as funding for its expansion to a third location has been held up by the prolonged shutdown of the federal government.
That’s certainly bad news for fans of the Lucharitos restaurants excited to see it expand to a new location to the southwest of its existing eateries. But the good news for us on the North Fork is we still have the original Lucharitos in Greenport and its younger sibling in Aquebogue.
We stopped in to Aquebogue Wednesday because a lunch special the restaurant had promoted caught our eye. (more…)