11/17/19 8:30pm

Some of the ingredients used in Jonathan and Carly Copeland’s pho dish. (Credit: David Benthal)

The symbolic Thanksgiving bird brings back childhood memories of gathering around the table and donning fall versions of holiday wear with extended family. The day often includes games of football outside while the heads of household work in the kitchen. Food is piled high on the table, celebrating the season’s bounty. Gen Xers and older millennials may even consider Adam Sandler’s “Thanksgiving Song” as a holiday classic to be played. It does, after all, pay homage to the star of the show: turkey.

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09/20/19 6:00am

Cotswold sheep are known for long curls and strong wool. (Credit: Cyndi Zaweski)

While North Fork farmers have turned their attention to fall crops, mid-September brings a different kind of harvest at Browder’s Birds. Twice a year, professional shearer Tabbethia Haubold of Long Island Yarn and Farm in Yaphank visits the Mattituck farm to shave wool from the 21-member Cotswold flock.  (more…)

08/26/19 6:00am

Abra Morawiec and Chris Pinto of Feisty Acres Farm in Southold. (Credit: David Benthal)

When Abra Morawiec and Chris Pinto founded Feisty Acres poultry and game farm in 2015, there was no question the products would carry a USDA-certified organic seal. After all, the symbol had been the guiding light for consumers who held certain standards on how they wanted their food to be grown and raised.

“It is a really effective symbol,” she explained. “We thought it would be a good way to carve out a place in the market … and it was. People took notice.” (more…)

06/01/19 5:55am

JB Browder helps his mom and dad, Holly and Chris Browder, oversee the chickens on the Mattituck farm. (Credit: David Benthal)

Chart a course to the North Fork of Long Island and you’ll end up on one of two main roads flanked by farmland and vineyards. Each is a predominantly two-lane road dotted with farm stands come summertime. U-pick berries, hot sweet corn and barnyard animals are among the top attractions at the larger, more well-known roadside farms that everyone drives past on their way through town. 

But if you turn a corner or two, you’ll find a handful of other farm stands and garden centers tucked away off the main drag. They offer bountiful homegrown goodness that is well worth the detour. 

These out-of-the-way stands offer everything from fresh tomatoes and flowers to poultry and artisanal goods. Don’t let these hidden gems pass you by.  (more…)

10/27/17 6:00am

An Icelandic sheep at 8 Hands Farm in Cutchogue. (Credit: Randee Daddona)

It’s not grapes but rather livestock farming that is currently changing the agricultural landscape of the North Fork, the New York Times wrote in a feature that makes mention of more than a half-dozen local farms.  READ

09/06/17 6:05am

AMP Architecture is a small Mattituck firm owned by three Mattituck High School alumni, Anthony Portillo, Brooke Epperson and Kyle Edstrom.

The firm does business across Long Island and in the city, but home is where the partners’ hearts are. Growing up on the North Fork, and still living out here today, they share an admiration for many of the old and new buildings in the area.  READ