10/01/19 6:00am

Will Loughlin worked a series of odd jobs before a chance encounter led him to making cider. (Credit: David Benthal)

Several twists of fate led Will Loughlin to his job as cidermaster at Riverhead Ciderhouse.

The 33-year-old was working as an electrician when one day, before the Calverton tasting room had opened, he was sent there to work on the electricity. (more…)

05/31/19 2:31pm

The 2018 bloom in East Marion. (Credit: Kryssy Massa)

Fans of Lavender by the Bay won’t have to travel as far east to visit blooming lavender fields starting Saturday. The popular East Marion farm is opening an outpost in Calverton this weekend.

Visitors can expect a paired down version of the original, with one acre of French and English lavender slowly starting to come into bloom, as opposed to the 17-acre East Marion property that is home to some 80,000 lavender plants.

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11/17/18 6:00am

Mark Miloski Jr. on his family farm in Calverton. (Credit: David Benthal)

Thanksgiving is full of traditions: third helpings of Mom’s mashed potatoes, falling asleep while watching football and, of course, turkey. 

Since 1946, to Will Miloski’s Poultry Farm in Calverton for the centerpiece of the meal. The farm gives people a chance to forgo frozen turkeys for fresh ones and has been allowing its birds to roam outside since long before “free-range” became a buzzword. 

In short, the Miloskis know how to do turkey. But how do they do Thanksgiving?  (more…)

12/14/17 6:10am

Ben Conard inside the kitchen at the business incubator in Calverton. (Credit: Krysten Massa)

Ben Conard, a 23-year-old entrepreneur, is creating a product at the Stony Brook University Incubator at Calverton that does more than taste good. His company, Five North Chocolate, produces sweets with a message that reaches far beyond Long Island. (more…)