In the 1960s, Southold Town was home to approximately 100 farmers, most of them focused on growing potatoes.
Now the only potato farmer left in Peconic, Gene Wesnofske is celebrating his 50th year in business at Wesnofske Farms.
“I’m happy that we’ve lasted this long,” he said. “This is a tough business. When we moved out here in ’67, there was probably, in Southold Town, there might have been like 100 farmers … now we’re down to a handful from the Mattituck line to Orient … So to survive 50 years is a great accomplishment and to have my family behind me and helping out is even greater.” (more…)
Long Ireland Beer Company co-owner Dan Burke (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)
Long Ireland Beer Company uses local hops to do more than just sell beer. On Friday, they used proceeds from their latest wet-hopped brew to kick back some cash to the farmers who grew the hops themselves.
Called the Wet Hop Co-Op Session IPA, Long Ireland co-owner Dan Burke said it was made with hops from Wading River’s Condzella Farms, Riverhead’s L.I. Hops and Weskofske Farms in Peconic. Some 40 kegs were brewed using three varieties including Cascade, Centennial and Willamette. (more…)
Jaclyn Van Bourgondien examined hops at Farm to pint in Peconic. (Credit: Vera Chinese)
During its first year of operation in 2012, Farm To Pint’s one-acre field fronting Main Road in Peconic harvested around 30 pounds of hops.
Last year, that number increased nearly tenfold, to about 250 pounds.
And this year, Jaclyn Van Bourgondien and her husband, Andrew Tralka, sold 500 pounds of the bitter, cone-shaped flower to northeastern breweries, which use the hops to make batches of what are called wet-hop ales. (more…)