04/09/19 6:00am

The cover of the September issue photographed by David Benthal.

For the second straight year, the September issue of northforker was awarded Best Magazine in the New York Press Association’s Better Newspaper Contest.

The special “Working Waterfront” issue paid tribute to the North Fork and Shelter Island fishermen, boat captains and others who rise early each morning to make their living on The Long Island Sound and Peconic Bay. (more…)

04/08/19 6:00am

Party guests prepare horseradish in 2015. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

There’s an annual party that occurs each spring in Riverhead that people will tell you is the best foodie event on the North Fork.

It’s not hosted by a local chef or winery and there’s no advertising budget associated with it. It’s not even really open to the public.  (more…)

04/06/19 5:52am

Natural cleans can be make quickly and cheaply with household items. (Credit: David Benthal)

Cleaning is often associated with spring. It is a refresher for the home during a season embodied by growth and new beginnings. In that spirit, do-it-yourself cleaning products are an easy, cost-effective and environmentally conscious way to accomplish the task.

The term “DIY” can sometimes translate into “difficult” or “time consuming,” but not so with homemade, toxin-free cleaners that combine inexpensive household items, said Aaron Virgin, vice president of Group for the East End. 

There are several reasons to use do-it-yourself cleaners, he said.  (more…)

03/30/19 6:00am

Chris Wines tends to the animals on his family’s farm in Riverhead (Credit: David Benthal)

The North Fork is known for its independently owned vineyards, breweries and distilleries, but there’s a small-batch beverage you might be overlooking: milk. 

Ty Llwyd Farm in Riverhead is the North Fork’s only producer of raw, unpasteurized milk — known for its creamier taste and added health benefits. And like other local craft beverages, it’s got a loyal, almost cult-like following.  (more…)

03/26/19 6:05am

A sneak preview of our April cover. (Photo by David Benthal)

Dear readers:

Next week will be April, a month for new beginnings. It’s a time to shed the extra layers of clothing, to start working in the yard again and to breathe fresh North Fork air.

In this same space last year, I called April one big giant to-do list. While errands can be so daunting in the cold winter months, they begin to feel good again this time of year.

This idea of new beginnings is resonant in the April issue of our magazine, which will begin hitting newsstands this week. (more…)

03/21/19 5:47am

Underground Training owner Katie Peters enjoys a hot drink at the Orient Country Store. (Credit: David Benthal)

Our readers’ enthusiastic response to the March women’s issue of Northforker magazine has been overwhelming. The eight women featured are all community builders — even if that’s not exactly what they set out to be or what we aimed to capture in their profiles. (more…)