08/15/16 6:00am
A watermelon and feta salad made with locally grown ingredients. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

A watermelon and feta salad made with locally grown ingredients. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

Though the mercury would suggest otherwise, soon the kids will soon boarding school buses, autumn ales will be on tap and hordes of pumpkin pickers will descend on the East End.

One sure sign that this beautiful North Fork summer is winding down is the arrival of ripe, delicious watermelons at our local farm stands.

We recommend pairing this sweet, fleshy fruit with some salty feta cheese for a delectable summer salad. (more…)

03/18/15 11:03am
Surrey Lane Vineyard Orchard Farm in Southold. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch file photo)

Surrey Lane Vineyard Orchard Farm in Southold. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch file photo)

Surrey Lane Vineyard Orchard Farm owner David Shanks is seeking a license to produce wine under the Surrey Lane label.

Shanks has sold the yield of his 25 acres of grape vines — mostly merlot and cabernet franc and some sauvignon blanc — to Wölffer Estate Vineyard in Sagaponack for the past three harvests.

“The property grows really good grapes,” Shanks, the former CEO of Penguin Group, told northforker. “[Wölffer winemaker] Roman Roth is an amazing winemaker.” (more…)