Stephanie, Judi, and I spent a wonderful day on the North Fork last week visiting established suppliers and hunting for new ones. We got to visit old friends and make new aquaintances. Each stop was enjoyable and educational. Art Tillman, a great friend of the farm and a one-time Malverne resident, and his daughter Leah Sullivan served as our guides.
The first stop was the North Fork Potato Chip factory. Martin Sidor, who owns and operates North Fork Potato Chips as well as Martin Sidor Farm where most of the potatoes for the chips come from, welcomed us for the tour.
Martin Sidor talking about making potato chips.
Much of the work is hands on.
From left to right: Martin Sidor, Judi Consigli, Rick White, Stephanie Kane, and Art Tillman.
Our next stop was 8 Hands Farm in Cutchogue.
Owners Tom Geppel and Carol Festa welcomed us and spoke of expansion plans now in the works. We look forward to working with them over the coming years!
We then moved on to the East End Mushroom Company where John Quigley and Jane Maguire are producing an amazing and high quality mushroom product.
They produce shitake, oyster, and maitake on site hydroponically using no chemicals.
The tour continued with a visit with Gene Wesnofske who produces a wide array of vegetables.
The next stop was Widow's Hole Oyster Company owned and operated by Mike and Isabel Osinski.
We started with an expert tour by the Osinksi's college-bound daughter.
The farm is in a beautiful cove in Greenport.
We got to sample the product.
Mike gave us the low-down on the oyster business.
We stopped at Sang Lee Farm to talk with Fred Lee, then finished up at Wickham's Fruit Farm.
Tom Wickham is an old friend and we are always overjoyed by and in awe of his early tomato plants.
Tom showing us around in one of his historic green houses.
The cider press at Wickhams.
Look for exciting additions to our farm stand as a result of these and many other direct relationships with local producers.
The farm store opens again full time on May 1st, but on Saturday, March 12th the store will be open from 9 to noon. It's buyers club pick up day. Come on down and pay us a visit. If you'd like more information about our monthly buyers club , please click here. This is one good way to be on the inside track for a wide array of local, natural food products like the Long Island-produced mushrooms from East End Mushroom Company.
2016 CSA Books Now Available Online and in the Store
As always, CSA books are a great way to support the farm and get a discount in the store at the same time. Books are available for $50 and $100 and hold store vouchers worth $55 and $110 respectively. We sell these books at the beginning of the season to help us pay for farm start up costs. Please visit our web site to purchase your book now!
Opening Day at the Farm
The farm offically opens on May 1st! Please join the event on Facebook and show your support!
All of us look forward to seeing you around the farm!
Rick White, NLT, Farm Advisory Committee, Chair
Leonore Russell, Education Director
Stephanie Kane, Field Manager
Judi Consigli, Operations Manager
Danielle Phair, Famstand Coordinator