08/10/16 9:20am
Snip your own herbs at Shade Trees Nursery in Jamesport (Credit: Monique Singh-Roy)

Snip your own herbs at Shade Trees Nursery in Jamesport (Credit: Monique Singh-Roy)

They sit right outside the entrance to the store at Shade Trees Nursery Garden Center in Jamesport, gigantic pots of fresh, organic herbs like basil, rosemary, oregano and parsley, just soaking up the sun.

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05/31/16 12:00pm
North Breeze Farms sells pure honey, as well as infused, flavored and buttered honeys. (Credit: Monique Singh-Roy)

North Breeze Farms sells pure honey, flavored and buttered honeys. (Credit: Monique Singh-Roy)

What’s sweeter than buying local North Fork honey?  (more…)

11/24/15 6:08am
Zuhoski Farms' 'cut your own Christmas tree' lot

Zuhoski Farms’ ‘cut your own Christmas tree’ lot on Oregon Road in Cutchogue

It’s time to get that Christmas tree.

Here are 12 places on the North Fork and Shelter Island where you can buy a fresh, pine-scented Douglas fir and other varieties.

Not sure what kind of tree to get?  Click here for our handy North Fork Christmas tree guide.

If you’re feeling really ambitious, six of the following places will let you cut your own. Just remember that most tree sales don’t begin until the weekend after Thanksgiving, so be sure to call ahead.

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09/02/15 9:35am
Owners Lou & Lisa Caracciolo (Credit: Monique Singh-Roy)

Owners Lou & Lisa Caracciolo
(Credit: Monique Singh-Roy)

Shade Trees Nursery is expanding its repertoire along with its Jamesport garden center.

In addition to a brand new 2,100-square-foot cedar-shingled retail garden shop, which was finished in May, owners Lisa and Lou Caracciolo have also developed their own food and goods line. That brand, North Breeze Farms, includes jams, jellies, pickles, pickled garlic and soap. (more…)

06/03/15 7:00am
Blue Iris B & B in Cutchogue. (Credit: Cyndi Murray)

Blue Iris B & B in Cutchogue is a stop on the NoFo House Tour which runs from noon to 5 p.m. on June 6. The Sunnyland Jazz Band will provide live music there throughout the day. (Credit: Cyndi Murray)

Enjoy a tour of three quaint B&B’s, two beautiful North Fork farms and get a taste of local food and wine — all while supporting a good cause.

The NoFo House and Farm Tour will be held Saturday, June 6 from noon to 5 p.m. (more…)

05/11/15 6:01am
Jack Weiskott, owner of Ornamental Plantings in Southold, said he’s noticed an increase in interest for deer-resistant plants over roughly the past decade. He’s holding the deer-resistant shrub Spiraea japonica. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

Jack Weiskott, owner of Ornamental Plantings in Southold, said he’s noticed an increase in interest for deer-resistant
plants over roughly the past decade. He’s holding the deer-resistant shrub Spiraea japonica. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

“No plants are completely deer-proof,” according to literature published by the Cornell Cooperative Extension. “Hungry deer will consume plants that have little nutritional value.” (more…)