Edgar Goodale (from left), Jim Creighton, Tom Kowalsick and Greg Goodale shared a laugh as they peel roots. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)
There was a lot of camaraderie and laughter among horseradish aficionados as they peeled, scraped and chopped roots during the 46th annual Horseradish Party at Long Ireland Beer Company in Polish Town Wednesday afternoon.
On a breezy afternoon in Riverhead last week, Charlie Tesauro made a pit stop at Schmitt’s Family Farm on Sound Avenue to stock up on horseradish, his favorite spicy condiment.
“I love it with clams on the half shell, shrimp,” said the West Islip resident and Cambridge Paving Stones manager, who was on his way to a North Fork job site. “I would highly recommend it to anybody. It’s the best stuff I’ve ever tasted.” (more…)
Matt Schmitt with the Holy Schmitt’s Homemade Horseradish. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)
Fourth generation farmer Matt Schmitt, 30, of Riverhead’s Philip A. Schmitt and Son Inc., watched his grandfather and father harvest the first crop of early spring — the horseradish root. In the 1980’s they grew about 25 acres and sold to wholesale markets distributed in time for Easter and Passover. (more…)