09/21/16 6:03am
One Jerusalem artichoke plant yields a bucket full of edible roots (Credit: Monique Singh-Roy)

One Jerusalem artichoke plant yields a bucketful of edible roots (Credit: Monique Singh-Roy)

Harvest season on the North Fork is a great time to stock up on all the bounty that grows out here. Right now corn, pumpkins and apples are on everybody’s shopping list, but there is also a whole crop of lesser known fruits and vegetables you may not be familiar with. For example, have you ever tried a Jerusalem artichoke or eaten cranberry beans?

This produce is just as tasty and healthy as the usual fruits and vegetables we always eat, they’re just not that well known in this country — yet. So the next time you’re out here try some of the lesser known produce that’s also being harvested. (more…)

09/11/16 11:10am
Olivia Rangel assembles gomphrena bouquets at Patty’s Berries & Bunches in Mattituck. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch photos)

Olivia Rangel assembles gomphrena bouquets at Patty’s Berries and Bunches in Mattituck. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch photos)

Riding down Sound Avenue on the North Fork this time of year, it is uplifting to see the large expanses of sunflowers, zinnias, cosmos, gladiolas and dahlias by the side of the roads.

Rows of vegetables are flanked by flower fields, often grown and harvested by the same farmers to sell in bouquets at their stands. Some are ordered and planted in advance just for special occasions such as weddings, anniversaries and graduations.  (more…)

03/15/16 9:37am
Goats at Catapano Dairy Farm in Peconic. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

Goats at Catapano Dairy Farm in Peconic. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

With the vernal equinox less then a week away, more North Fork farms, markets and shops are springing to life and getting ready to open. (more…)