11/27/15 10:37am


After waiting on long lines outside big box stores and circling parking lots three or four times trying to find a decent spot during the Black Friday craziness, it’s time to  your support for local small business owners and their goods.

Tomorrow Nov. 28 is Small Business Saturday, a day  when local businesses from Riverhead to Orient (and across the country) are offering special deals and discounts.

Here are 10 Small Business Saturday deals on the North Fork:


03/28/15 11:04am
Rita Winkler inside Vines and Branches new Front Street location on Friday. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

Rita Winkler inside Vines and Branches’ new Front Street location on Friday. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

Less means more for gourmet olive oil and vinegar boutique Vines & Branches.

It’s been one week since the shop opened in its new, smaller, storefront on Front Street in Greenport — and owner Rita Winkler said she’s expanded her product line to include several other specialty provisions customers have been craving. The new offerings include dips, spreads, seasonings and other types of oils such as avocado and pistachio. (more…)

11/07/13 10:30am

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Two of the most unique and adventurous events during this weekend’s Taste North Fork promotion have to be the scavenger hunts planned in Greenport. “Greenporch,” a walking tour and scavenger hunt, will have you exploring the village’s B&Bs and businesses while the Greenport Farmers Market Foodie Scavenger Hunt will have you hunting down local fare. (more…)

10/25/13 8:00am
vines branches olive oil
Vines and Branches‘ olive oils and vinaigrettes, as well as their desk pedaling and all-natural candies were recently featured on The Today Show in a “What’s Hot in Health,” special.  (more…)
04/23/13 10:40pm

Some years ago, while traveling through Italy, Rita Winkler noticed something other than wine being tasted by visitors to the country’s famed vineyards: olive oil and balsamic vinegar.

Sensing the potential for a niche market slam dunk on Long Island, Ms. Winkler, who spent 15 years as sales manager for a wine importer and distributor, opened Vines & Branches, a specialty olive oil and balsamic vinegar shop in Greenport. (more…)