07/27/19 6:00am

Bee rancher Laura Klahre at her Southold farm. (Credit: David Benthal)

The berries at Blossom Meadow Farm are handpicked twice daily. The first picking occurs shortly after owner and bee rancher Laura Klahre wakes. Rolling out of bed, still in pajamas, she wanders straight out to the two-acre farm field surrounding the Southold homestead she shares with her winemaker husband, Adam Suprenant. 

Free-growing patches of grassland buzz with life as native pollinators fly from flower to flower and berry to berry, organically fostering higher yields and higher-quality fruit for the farm’s assorted hand-jarred jams.  (more…)

05/31/16 12:00pm
North Breeze Farms sells pure honey, as well as infused, flavored and buttered honeys. (Credit: Monique Singh-Roy)

North Breeze Farms sells pure honey, flavored and buttered honeys. (Credit: Monique Singh-Roy)

What’s sweeter than buying local North Fork honey?  (more…)

03/29/16 8:00am
Beekeeper Laura Klahre makes lip balm and lotion bar from beeswax. (Credit: Monique Singh-Roy)

Beekeeper Laura Klahre makes lip balm and lotion bar from beeswax. (Credit: Monique Singh-Roy)

At Catapano Dairy Farm in Peconic, goat milk is used not only to make savory chèvre and tangy feta, it’s also the main ingredient in luxurious skin care products fit for a queen.

“Goat milk is easily absorbed and very softening to the skin,” said Deb Slack, who supervises production of the farm’s skin care line. “Cleopatra used to bathe in it.” (more…)