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…)
The Merlot for Monarchs campaign launched in late July. (Credit: Cyndi Murray)
Laura Klahre lights up when she talks about the power of pollinators. The Southold beekeeper and owner of Blossom Meadow Farm is a leader on the subject and even hosted a TED Talk on increasing food production by using native pollinators, which has been viewed more than 2,000 times on YouTube.
She often shares her insights with vineyard goers at her Cutchogue tasting room, Coffee Pot Cellars, which she co-owns with husband and award-wining winemaker Adam Suprenant. Time after time, Klahre notes that, “So many people care when they are informed. It is heartwarming.” (more…)
The Coffee Pot Cellars Winasaur — everyone’s favorite Brontosaurus-shaped, cork-studded topiary — now has its own song and music video.
For those who don’t know, the Winasaur, a seven-foot tall, 18-foot long public art project, is the brainchild of Coffee Pot Cellars co-owner Laura Klahre. Tasting room visitors and Coffee Pot fans are asked to decorate used wine corks, which are wrapped around the sculpture to “flesh out” its body.
To date, 3,100 corks have been strung along the Winasaur’s frame. Klahre estimates it will take about 6,000 more corks and a year and a half to complete it.
A song, she thought, was a natural progression for the project. (more…)
Coffee Pot Cellars in Cutchogue. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder, file)
Coffee Pot Cellars in Cutchogue received a rather presidential visitor last Friday — Daniel Shanks, the White House’s director of food and beverage and its sommelier.
Shanks purchased a bottle of Coffee Pot’s 2013 Meritage, some Blossom Meadow honey, a T-shirt and even decorated corks for Coffee Pot’s winasaur, a dinosaur-shaped topiary made of wine corks.
Shanks and his wife Linda tasted through the wines with Coffee Pot Cellars tasting room manager Laura Klahre and discussed the First Lady’s healthy eating intiatives.
“You just never know who is going to walk in,” said Klahre, who is also a beekeeper and sells her Blossom Meadow Farms honey products in the tasting room. “[We’re] so glad to be part of the fabric of the North Fork.” (more…)
Hibernating mason bees are gently removed from their nesting blocks. They will then be cleaned and stored in a regrigerator for the season. (Credit: Vera Chinese photos)
Coffee Pot Cellars in Cutchogue hosted its harvest party Sunday, a common scene at many wineries across the North Fork this time of year.
But instead of wine club members popping bottles of Meritage and celebrating the 2015 vintage being in the tanks, the guests were checking on the recently spun cocoons of hundreds of young mason bees. (more…)