09/11/16 11:10am
Olivia Rangel assembles gomphrena bouquets at Patty’s Berries & Bunches in Mattituck. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch photos)

Olivia Rangel assembles gomphrena bouquets at Patty’s Berries and Bunches in Mattituck. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch photos)

Riding down Sound Avenue on the North Fork this time of year, it is uplifting to see the large expanses of sunflowers, zinnias, cosmos, gladiolas and dahlias by the side of the roads.

Rows of vegetables are flanked by flower fields, often grown and harvested by the same farmers to sell in bouquets at their stands. Some are ordered and planted in advance just for special occasions such as weddings, anniversaries and graduations.  (more…)

05/01/16 10:21am
Flowering cherry branches make a big statement at Pierpont Blossom Farm in Baiting Hollow. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

Flowering cherry branches make a big statement at Pierpont Blossom Farm in Baiting Hollow. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

Keith Pierpont has been growing flowering shrubs, bushes and bulbs for cut flowers on his small four-acre Baiting Hollow plot since 1996.

He sells the flowers at eight farmers markets on the south and north forks and to 20 florists on Long Island and in New York City. So I was surprised when I drove by Thursday to see a flower stand fashioned out of an old rickshaw style bicycle in front of his farmhouse. (more…)

08/10/15 4:45pm
A Café au Lait dahlia grows at Pierpont Blossom Farm in Calverton. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch photos)

A Café au Lait dahlia grows at Pierpont Blossom Farm in Calverton. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch photos)

Since 1996, Keith Pierpont has grown flowering shrubs and bushes for cut flowers at Pierpont Blossom Farm, a small four-acre plot on Sound Avenue in Baiting Hollow. He sells the flowers at seven farmers markets on the South Forks and to 20 florists on Long Island and in New York City and at the Riverhead Indoor Farmers Market in the winter. (more…)