Visiting Farm Purveyors on the North Fork
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.