09/14/19 6:00am

Peter Lynch of Rockville Centre carries pumpkins to the cash register at Stakey’s Pumpkin Farm as his family watches. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

Pumpkin season has returned to the North Fork — and that means flavored lattes and craft beers will be cropping up at local cafes and breweries. But it is not just beverages that get an infusion of pumpkin come October — and it’s not all pumpkin pie either. Stephan Bogardus, executive chef at The Halyard at Sound View in Greenport, often takes a savory approach to the seasonal squash. (more…)

10/04/18 6:00am

Al, Nick and Kim Krupski inside their ‘haunted’ barn. (Credit: David Benthal)

For many, it’s hard to imagine a time when fall on the North Fork had little to do with pumpkins.

For Al Krupski, whose family farm was one of the first to place an emphasis on that crop, it isn’t all that difficult.

“We grew mostly potatoes,” he said of the Peconic farm his parents launched in 1950, “some cucumbers, some cauliflower. We didn’t get into pumpkins until 1976.”

Today, the sign on the side of the family’s barn welcomes visitors to Krupski’s Pumpkin Farm, the easternmost of nearly 20 farms in Riverhead and Southold towns that now offer pumpkin-picking. (more…)

09/15/18 6:00am

Pumpkins at Krupski Farms in Peconic. (Credit: Krysten Massa)

It’s that time again.

Pumpkin-everything season is back for 2018. That means pumpkin spice lattes from Hampton Coffee Company, Leaf Pile beer from Greenport Harbor Brewing Co., and best of all, North Fork pumpkins are ready to be picked.

Here is a handy guide on where to find them.

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08/31/16 1:38pm
Sadly, we spotted these pumpkins for sale at Krupski Farms in Peconic on Tuesday. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

Sadly, we spotted these pumpkins for sale at Krupski Farms in Peconic on Tuesday. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

I’ve been ignoring those displays of mums lined up outside the grocery store and popping up at our local farm stands.

It’s because these bright yellow and purple plants make me start thinking about the end of the tomato harvest, the end of bottles of Long Island wine shared on the back deck and no longer dressing my infant daughter in the cutest pair of denim overall shorts you’ve ever seen. Also, I’ll be reminded of how little my family used the pool this sumer, and that if you add up opening, closing and chemical costs, we spent about $237 per dip.

But take a ride out to Peconic and you’ll see some round, orange reminders that the days of running into the bay with abandon are in the single digits. (more…)

10/14/15 6:27am
A trio of dried gourds. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

A trio of dried gourds. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

For the artistically inclined, fall is a fantastic time to make something decorative. That’s because the materials traditionally associated with autumnal crafts — think corn, hay bales, pumpkins and mums — are inexpensive and plentiful on the North Fork. Best of all, they don’t require a lot of know-how.

“At this time of year, there’s a lot of natural stuff available,” agreed Vicki Normandin of Riverhead, who’s been a member of Cutchogue’s Old Town Arts and Crafts Guild for the past six years. “The colors are absolutely beautiful. They’re so rich and vibrant.”

Eager to get started? The following ideas from local crafters are sure to help channel your inner Martha Stewart. (more…)