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. 

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04/10/19 6:02am

The colorful eggs at 1760 Homestead. (Credit: Larry Kaiser)

As many North Fork families are preparing to color Easter eggs, you may consider a no-dye option. The ones bought from the grocery store — traditionally white or brown in hue — are often hard boiled and dipped into water dyed with artificial food coloring. Pink, blue and green eggs are fun to make in the kitchen, but nature has its own way of coloring eggs — plus you can scramble them once they’re done doubling as festive holiday décor. (more…)

04/03/19 6:00am

The baby goats at Goodale Farms play on the wooden train in the outdoor pen. (Credit: Cyndi Zaweski)

There is a checklist that’s ticked before we can officially call it spring on the North Fork.

Farm stands are announcing their season openings. Check.

Modern Snack Bar is gearing up to serve its irresistible lemon merengue pie. Check.

And baby goats are frolicking carefree at Goodale Farms in Riverhead. Double check.

Owner Hal Goodale introduced the first 30 kids to the outdoor visiting area late last week. The three-week-old white and brown goats got their first taste of the North Fork sunshine on a near 50-degree day Thursday. Goodale expects to have as many as 200 kids at the farm before the birthing season ends in late spring. (more…)