09/27/19 7:45am

KK’s The Farm’s Ira Haspel holds his Snail Blazer award. (Credit: KK’s The Farm)

Pioneering biodynamic farmer Ira Haspel has been named the first ever recipient of Slow Food East End’s “Snail Blazer” award.

The honor recognizes Ira, who founded KK’s The Farm in 1999 with his late wife, for which the farm is named, for his 20 years of leadership in fostering sustainable agriculture on the East End.

Slow Food East End board members presented Haspel with the Snail Blazer award at the non-profit’s annual potluck on Shelter Island Sunday, calling his and KK’s efforts “the heart and soul” of good, clean and fair food. (more…)

04/20/18 5:55am

Hailey Druek and Alyssa Romano, both of East Quogue, show off flower crowns made at the Dandelion Festival. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

The dandelion gets a bad wrap. The little yellow flowers that pop up the instant the weather turns nice are typically labeled a nuisance weed by gardeners with aspirations of a perfect lawn.

But hold off on the Roundup and you’ll come to find there’s power in the plant with not-so conventional beauty. The bright, bushy-topped wildflowers are a magnet for pollinators and its antioxidants and vitamins have been linked to a number of health benefits, from improving acne to aiding weight loss. (more…)

04/04/16 6:04am
A festival celebrating the dandelion is coming to KK's The Farm in Southold. (Credit: https://www.flickr.com/photos/madaise/)

A festival celebrating the dandelion is coming to KK’s The Farm in Southold. (Credit: https://www.flickr.com/photos/madaise/)

Don’t spray those bright yellow flowers popping up all over your lawn with synthetic pesticides. Instead, embrace the dandelion for its beauty, medicinal qualities and as a calcium-rich addition to a salad.

That’s the message behind the first Dandelion Festival set to take place at KK’s The Farm in Southold from 1 p.m. to 4 pm. on April 24.

“The basic idea is to extol the virtues of the dandelion as a plant,” said farm owner and event organizer Ira Haspel. “We want people to appreciate the dandelion.” (more…)

02/26/16 8:52am

On Thursday, we presented Claudia Fleming, wife of 2015 northforker Person of the Year Gerry Hayden, with his award at a ceremony at Martha Clara Vineyards. This is the video we screened during the ceremony and the original announcement from January.  READ

02/18/16 6:03am
North Fork Roasting Co. co-owener Jennilee Morris (from left), farmer Ira Haspel, First and South owner Sarah Phillips and North Fork Roasting Co. co-owner Jess Dunne inside First and South in Greenport.

North Fork Roasting Co. co-owner Jennilee Morris (from left), farmer Ira Haspel, First and South owner Sarah Phillips and North Fork Roasting Co. co-owner Jess Dunne inside First and South in Greenport. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder)

Last month, Love Lane Kitchen owner Carolyn Iannone hit a snag: She received ground lamb instead of the lamb chops she’d ordered to make that night’s special.

That could have punched a hole right through her plans since, unfortunately, ground lamb doesn’t exactly work for lamb chops with spicy grilled eggplant. But instead, Iannone walked approximately 30 seconds to the adjacent Lombardi’s Love Lane Market, where she struck a deal. (more…)