05/31/19 2:31pm

The 2018 bloom in East Marion. (Credit: Kryssy Massa)

Fans of Lavender by the Bay won’t have to travel as far east to visit blooming lavender fields starting Saturday. The popular East Marion farm is opening an outpost in Calverton this weekend.

Visitors can expect a paired down version of the original, with one acre of French and English lavender slowly starting to come into bloom, as opposed to the 17-acre East Marion property that is home to some 80,000 lavender plants.


04/17/19 5:55am
Reclaimed barnwood counters finished with lavender colored paint are among the upgrades at the East Marion flower farm. (Credit: Cyndi Zaweski)

We’re weeks off from blossoming fields of lavender, but you can get an early taste of the beauty to come at Lavender by the Bay’s newly redesigned farm stand.

The popular East Marion lavender farm enlisted White Flower Farmhouse owner and designer Lori Guyer to reimagine the existing 800-square-foot farm stand into a welcoming space representative of the North Fork. 

07/31/17 4:38pm

From left, friends Summer Yuan, Jing Chen, Sophia Lu and Joy Zhang visiting Lavender By the Bay in 2014. (Credit: Jen Nuzzo)

In 2014, the East Marion lavender farm Lavender By the Bay suddenly found itself attracting hundreds, if not thousands, of tourists to the tiny hamlet every weekend.

Three years later, busloads of visitors still descend on the 17-acre farm when the plants are in bloom. They pose in the purple fields and snap selfies for Instagram.

Now the sustained uptick in visitors has caught the attention of the Wall Street Journal, which explored this quirky story this week. An article titled “Purple Craze: The Lavender of Long Island Attracts Mystery Crowds,” was printed on the paper’s front page on Monday. (more…)

06/13/17 9:31am

The English lavender at Lavender by the Bay in East Marion. (Credit: Kendall Stark photo)

The gorgeous English lavender is expected to bloom at Lavender by the Bay this weekend, a stunning occurrence that draws thousands to the East Marion lavender farm every summer.

While Orient and East Marion residents and business owners have complained of road congestion during the bloom, this year the farm’s owner has removed one acre of plants to add 100 parking spots. The farm previously had 65 spots.

“Although we were sad to remove over an acre of gorgeous lavender plants along the east border, it was done tastefully and does not take away from the beauty of the fields,” said Chanan Rozenbaum, vice president of the 17-acre farm. “Our first consideration is safety for both our visitors and our neighbors, and we want to do what it takes to keep our customers comfortable while also minimizing any inconvenience to residents.
06/09/16 7:32am

The English lavender bloom at Lavender By the Bay is about two weeks ahead of schedule (Credit: Monique Singh-Roy)

The English lavender bloom at Lavender By the Bay is about two weeks ahead of schedule (Credit: Monique Singh-Roy)

Don’t bother looking at the calendar, because Mother Nature isn’t following it.

Lavender by the Bay, a lavender farm in East Marion, is seeing an earlier than expected bloom this season.  (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…)