A scene from the Cutchogue garden of Arnold and Karen Blair. (Credit: David Benthal)
Each year, The Garden Conservancy’s Open Days program gives the public a rare opportunity to step inside the most beautiful designed landscapes on the North Fork. The stops on these self-guided tours are at the private homes of master gardeners who encourage guests to wander the grounds and ask questions to inspire their own plantings. (more…)
I don’t have an expansive wine cellar, but I do have one. It’s in a corner of our basement against an outside wall, where it stays mostly cool year-round. It’s also a disorganized disaster of a mess. And that might be understating the situation.
But, as I slowly try to dig through it and drink down my cellar to a more manageable size, I’ve found some real treasures — older local wines that in many cases I didn’t realize I had. I opened some with friends just to see how they were tasting. They varied in years from 1997 to 2006 and, while a couple of them were probably beyond their peak drinking, not a single one of them was what I’d call a clunker.
Community Supported Agriculture programs are an excellent way to ensure you’re getting the freshest provisions around while sustaining local famers. North Fork farms are gearing up for the start of their spring and summer CSAs, which typically run through the fall and are stocked with the ripest, just-picked fruits and vegetables the season has to offer.