10/27/17 6:00am

An Icelandic sheep at 8 Hands Farm in Cutchogue. (Credit: Randee Daddona)

It’s not grapes but rather livestock farming that is currently changing the agricultural landscape of the North Fork, the New York Times wrote in a feature that makes mention of more than a half-dozen local farms.  READ

07/17/17 6:00am

The steps near the Horton Point Lighthouse, one of our favorite North Fork scenes. (Credit: Sascha Rosin)

The red hot North Fork real estate market once again caught the attention of the New York Times real estate section in a recent piece entitled “The North Fork Has a New Name: NOFO.

The story, which appeared online July 14 and in print July 16, summarizes the appeal of the North Fork for all the usual reasons (proximity to beaches, fresh produce, etc.) It also notes that home prices here are rising, but still about half what they are on the South Fork. The median home price on the North Fork is $487,500 compared to about $1 million on the South Fork, according to Judi Desiderio, chief executive of Town & Country Real Estate. (more…)

07/14/17 6:45am

The NY Times made a recent visit to Shelter Island’s Ram’s Head Inn for brunch. (Credit: Courtesy photo)

What would you do if you only had 36 hours to spend on Shelter Island?

You definitely should grab a snack at Stars Café before heading to dinner at The Tavern. The next day you should hit up the Havens farmers’ market as well as Marie Eiffel Market. The following morning, be sure to take an early hike at Mashomack Preserve before brunch at Ram’s Head Inn. (more…)

09/21/16 6:03am
One Jerusalem artichoke plant yields a bucket full of edible roots (Credit: Monique Singh-Roy)

One Jerusalem artichoke plant yields a bucketful of edible roots (Credit: Monique Singh-Roy)

Harvest season on the North Fork is a great time to stock up on all the bounty that grows out here. Right now corn, pumpkins and apples are on everybody’s shopping list, but there is also a whole crop of lesser known fruits and vegetables you may not be familiar with. For example, have you ever tried a Jerusalem artichoke or eaten cranberry beans?

This produce is just as tasty and healthy as the usual fruits and vegetables we always eat, they’re just not that well known in this country — yet. So the next time you’re out here try some of the lesser known produce that’s also being harvested. (more…)

06/27/15 11:44am
The Green Goddess chicken salad sandwich is a great option for a picniv to-go. (Credit: Vera Chinese, file)

The Green Goddess chicken salad sandwich is a great option for a picniv to-go. (Credit: Vera Chinese, file)

More East End food purveyors are offering picnics to-go and The Gray Lady has taken note.

Fork and Anchor in East Marion, which offers takeout meals as well as delivery options, was mentioned as a North Fork staple for vineyard or beach picnics in a recent article in the New York section of The New York Times. (more…)