At MarGene Farms in Mattituck, you could say the food cycle is bedroom to farm to table.
Farmer Gene Krupski plants artichokes, tomatoes, peppers and other vegetables right on his kitchen counter. He begins the process in January and February, when he fills plant cells with soil and seeds and then places the plastic dome-covered cells in his light-filled bedroom.
After the seedlings sprout, they’re moved from the bedroom’s large windows to Mr. Krupski’s en suite bathroom. The fledging plants love the moisture and warmth the shower provides, he said.
“It’s crazy,” Mr. Krupski, who owns his farm with his wife, Maryann, said of the jungle-like conditions in his sleeping quarters. “You can’t even get out of bed. I have plants surrounding us.”(more…)
Ducks at Ty Llwyd Farm in Riverhead. (Credit: photos by Vera Chinese)
For the question of what makes the North Fork so special, the answer can be found on the North Fork Foodie Tour.
Now in its 10th year, the self-guided tour, which is the North Fork Reform Synagogue’s only fundraiser, offers a behind-the-scenes look at small-scale vegetable growing, winemaking and raising livestock on the East End.
It also gives participants a chance to get to know our local farmers and sample some of their scrumptious products. (more…)
Produce for sale at the Greenport Farmers Market. (Credit: Courtesy Greenport Farmers Market)
The Greenport Farmers Market will return next weekend, opening for its fifth season. This year the market will set up shop in a brand new location — the parking lot located at the corner of South and Second streets. (more…)