Living & Eating on Long Island's East End 

                        Berry Picking on the East End        


Enterovirus closes Southampton school

Sag Harbor Main street among top 10 in U.S.

VP Joe Biden vacations
in Southampton

300 Miles of Road Repairs planned for LI

The Clintons rent in Amagansett this summer

Quogue Drawbridge reopens two months early

Anheuser-Busch buys Blue Point Brewery

East Hampton backs out of proposed deer cull

DEC to eliminate L.I. mute swan population
Bobby Flay restaurant not coming to Sag Harbor

North Fork Vineyard loses liquor license

Are sharpshooters answer to deer overpopulation?

Hamptons nightclub to be turned into museum

New website reveals East End's contaminated sites

UFO spotted in sky near Patchogue/Shirley

Artisanal Chocolate shop opens on North Fork

Donald Trump wants to build on Plum Island

Hamptons Film Festival Opens on October 10th

Southampton considers buying Club Neptune's

Madonna accused of building on town land

Bridgehampton Starbucks evacuated due to gas leak

Plane makes emergency landing on South Shore

Cutchogue winery wins Winery of the Year

Shots fired in Northville miss cops

Was Montauk drowning more than accident?

VP Joe Biden dines in Southampton.

North Fork says new legislation hurts wineries 

Bill & Hillary Clinton vacation in Sagaponack

Fly to Puerto Rico via MacArthur now

Water Mill rebuffs Matt Lauer construction

     Pick Your Own Berries on the East End

Summer is prime time for picking berries on Long Island. Berry bushes are low to the ground, easy to access and berries are small enough for little fingers to grasp. It's a great activity for children and adults.  In June it's all about strawberries. Early July is peak season for raspberries. Blueberries and blackberries ripen in late July/early August. The East End is home to five great berry picking farms. Be sure to call the farms ahead of time before heading out, to confirm their hours and berry availability, as inventory sells quickly. 

Patty's Berries & Bunches
410 Sound Avenue
Mattituck, NY 11952
Patty DiVello grows 24 different varieties of berries, along with fields full of colorful flowers. Enjoy the views of these beautiful blooms while picking blueberries, raspberries, and blackberries. Patty is also a beekeeper, and sells her own line of honey and jams in Patty's Honey and Jam Hut.

Lewin Farms
812 Sound Avenue
Wading River, NY 11792
Lewin Farms has been family owned and operated for over four generations. The farm prides itself on being the first pick your own farm on Long Island. The tradition continues with berry and vegetable picking in the summer, pumpkin and apple picking in the fall, and Christmas tree picking in the winter.

Seven Ponds Orchard
65 Seven Ponds Road
Water Mill, NY 11976
Seven Ponds Orchard offers pick your own rasberries and blackberries. They also sell baked goods and jams. The family friendly farm includes a children's play area and corn maze.

Wickham's Fruit Farm
28700 Main Road
Cutchogue, NY 11935
This historic farm sits on a beautiful waterfront property. Tom Wickham, is the 13th generation of Wickham's to farm the land. Due to high demand, families need to purchase an annual pick your own club membership, which gives them access to the orchards.

Windy Acres Farm
3810 Middle Country Road
Calverton, NY 11933
Windy Acres has a farm stand with pre-picked fruits and vegetables, along with jams and pies. Pick your own blackberries are available July through August.

    An injured owl being cared for by EAWRC

                     Vintage Recipe: Samp

                   Chocolate Stout Mug Cake

Red Wine Dark Chocolate Brownies - Locally Sourced

       My version of Tate's Chocolate Chip Cookies

    December 3 was the 26th annual lighting of the Big Duck.

New York State gets Crafty 
On Thursday November 13th, Governor Andrew Cuomo signed a bill relaxing regulations on the state's small craft beer, wine and spirits manufacturers. The elimination of some restrictions is to encourage growing interest in locally made alcoholic beverages and increase production. The Craft New York Act will also ease rules governing tastings and allow farm distilleries to operate additional retail outlets. Cuomo also made available three million dollars in grants to market locally produced wine, beer, cider and spirits - as well as promote other tourist activities related to the state's craft alcohol industry. The craft brewing industry is currently booming in New York and here on Long Island. Since 2011 the number of farm manufacturers producing alcoholic beverages has more than doubled. That includes 101 new wineries, 62 new breweries, 49 new distilleries and 8 new cideries in just the last four years.

Yes, you can stomp grapes on the East End

               Making Beach Plum Jelly

Make Lazy Applesauce, it's Organic

                It's Apple Picking Season
     Where to pick your own on the East End

Hard to believe that it's already apple picking season. Where did summer go again? Don't worry, apple picking is a great prelude to more to fun to come like sunny Autumn days, Halloween, Thanksgiving etc. The season starts around mid August and goes to late October. It's a great activity for families as well as fun for people looking to escape the city for the day. Long Island's East End has quite a few 'Pick your own' apple farms to choose from both on the North and South Forks. Check out this list, pick your farm, call ahead to make sure they're open and have a great time.

Hanks Pumpkin Town
240 Montauk Highway
Water Mill, NY 11976
Hanks offers apple picking, as well as face painting, a playground, wagon rides, and a corn maze. Enjoy freshly baked fruit pies, candy apples, hot or cold apple cider, cider doughnuts and roasted corn.

Lewin Farms
812 Sound Avenue
Wading River, NY 11972
This family operated farm specializes in several different kinds of apples. They also sell roasted corn at their farm stand.

The Milk Pail Farm Stand
1346 Montauk Highway
Water Mill, NY 11976
With 20 different varieties of apples to choose from, The Milk Pail is a great destination for apple picking. Check their website for weekly apple varieties, a description of apples grown on the farm, prices, recipes, and weather conditions.

Seven Ponds Orchard
65 Seven Ponds Road
Water Mill, NY 11976
Along with over 14 varieties of dwarf trees, Seven Ponds offers red Radio Flyer wagons to store your apples. There's also a corn maze, hay rides and farmers market. 

Wickham's Fruit Farm
28700 Main Road
Cutchogue, NY 11935
Dating from 1661, Wickham's Fruit Farm has some of the oldest cultivated farmland in the country.  Membership is required to pick apples. Members receive daily updates on apple availability, as well as a private selection of apples for picking. Enjoy Wickham's apple pies, doughnuts, and apple cider and see one of Long Island's first cider presses. 

Woodside Orchards
729 Main Road
Aquebogue, NY 11931

116 Manor Lane
Jamesport, NY 11901

Woodside Orchards grows over 10 varieties of apples on small, semi-dwarf trees. Woodside Orchards opens new areas of the orchard every weekend to ensure that every visitor has the best apple picking experience. While there, try their cider slushie. 

Clam Bake on the East End

Making Marmalade

                             Bluebarb Pie

     4th of July Fireworks Celebrations 

The East End is a wonderful place to celebrate the 4th of July with small town parades, barbeques and of course fireworks. Here is a round-up of fireworks celebrations in the area.


Great Bonac Fireworks Show
July 19, 9 PM 
Three Mile Harbor, East Hampton


Greenport Fire Department Fireworks Show
July 3, 10 PM 
Polo grounds, Main Road, Greenport 


Stars over Montauk Fireworks Show
July 4, 9 PM 
Umbrella Beach, Montauk


North Sea Fire Department Carnival Fireworks
July 3, 10 PM
149 Noyac Road, Southampton. 
Also July 5, 631-283-3629


Peconic Riverfront Fireworks Celebration
July 4, 9 PM 
Peconic Riverfront Park, Riverhead. 


John A. Ward Independence Day Fireworks
Sag Harbor Yacht Club
July 5, 9:30 PM


Shelter Island Chamber of Commerce Fireworks
July 12, dusk 
Crescent Beach, 81 Shore Road, Shelter Island 


 Southampton Fresh Air Home 26th Annual American Picnic
July 4, after 7 PM  
1030 Meadow Lane, Southampton 


Peconic Bay Medical Center Festival
July 2 & July 5
6164 Route 25A, Wading River


  Westhampton Beach Country Club Fireworks
   July 4, 9 PM 
   Private event, but fireworks can be seen from                     Westhampton Beach village 

                       Lavender Lemonade

                   Rose are Red and Edible Too



East Quogue - Parade - 1:00 PM Montauk Highway - from                                Walker Avenue to Bay Avenue.

Montauk - Parade - 12:00 Noon - Kirk Park / Village Green


Bridgehampton - Service - 9:00 AM - War monument at                                          Montauk Highway & Ocean Road.

East Hampton - Parade & Service - 10:00 AM - Main Street

Eastport - Service 8:00 AM - Eastport American Legion Post                      Parade - 10:00 AM - to Eastport Elementary School

Moriches - Parade & Service - 11:00 AM - Neighborhood                            Road & Commack Road

Quogue - Service - 11:00 AM - Quogue Fire Department

Riverhead - Parade & Service - 10:00 AM - West Main Street                        to Osborn & Pulaski Streets

Sag Harbor - Parade & Service - 8:30 AM - World War II                               monument to Marine Park on Bay Street

Southampton - Parade & Service - 10:45 AM - First                                            Presbyterian Church to Agawam Park.

Southold - Parade - 10:00 AM - Wickham Avenue (in                                  Mattituck) to firehouse.

Westhampton - Memorial Service - 11:00 AM - Cemetery

The Social Spectator

he man who photographed the beautiful people                         

   Put Radish Leaves on the menu

             Mecox Cut underway in Water Mill

Montauk Highway Repaving Project Begins Thursday 

On Thursday March 27, the New York State Department of Transportation begins a $7.6 million project repaving 8.2 miles of NY Route 27/Montauk Highway between County Road 39 and Stephen Hands Path, from Southampton to East Hampton. Instead of closing lanes, travel lane shifts on shorter sections of NY Route 27/Montauk Highway will be utilized. These off-peak daytime travel lane shifts will be in effect Monday thru Friday between 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM. Nightime repaving will begin April 1st taking place between 10:00 PM to 6:00 AM. Construction will be completely suspended between Memorial Day and Labor Day.
                Making Bonac Clam Chowder


  Everybody loves a parade, here's where they are on the East       End. (Click each link for more info)









MONTAUK ST. PATRICK'S DAY PARADE                  11:30 AM

        Vintage Cuisine - Corned Pork & Cabbage

                    International Pancake Day

   The East End is coming to Manhattan this summer

Get ready for the first ever "Taste of NY Wine & Food" store in Grand Central Terminal. The shop, slated to open in August 2014, will be on the west side of the terminal, adjacent to the Biltmore Room, across from Track 37. Supported by the Governor's Taste NY marketing campaign, the MTA chose "One Woman Wines & Vineyards" in Southold, on Long Island's North Fork to be the store's operator. "One Woman Wines & Vineyards" says they will feature an abundant display of New York wines and food items produced throughout New York State, such as Brooklyn Brewery, Hudson Baby Bourbon, McLure's and Baldwin Hill. "Taste of NY" was launched last May 2013 as part of New York's biggest tourist campaign in decades, focusing on the state's food and beverage industry, as well as promoting agri-business across New York. "Taste NY" stores have already opened at LaGuardia Airport and the New Baltimore rest area of the New York State Thruway, south of Albany. The move is seen as another step towards positioning New York State's best food and wine onto the world's stage.

 Chocolate Bread Pudding

  Super Bowl Salsa

          Can Rhododendrons tell the Temperature?

                        Stick to your Ribs Ribs

         Vintage Cuisine - Old East Hampton Cake

           Got Snow?  Make Maple Snow Cones

   Have You Been to See the Big Duck?


     The Pros and Cons of Eating Venison

East Hampton's Witch Trial

                  Just what is the Witch's Hat?

       Is this Your Idea of an East End Clam Bake?

               Mickey the Gray Seal Goes Home

                    Greetings from Camp Hero

          Mullein: Miracle plant or just good weed?

        Muscle in on the easiest Mussel recipe ever!

         It's Berry Season, what are you making?     

               Think you know Southampton?

                      Can You Eat Flowers ?

Vintage Cuisine - Smoked Eel

May is National Barbecue Month

        Hakame from the Shinnecock Nation 

What Happens When a Dead Whale Washes Ashore?

The East End's First Annual Food Truck Derby

At The Annual Blue Point Cask Ales Festival

Easy Peasant Bread

            Vintage Cuisine - East End Clam Pie

                 Sea Robins, Too Ugly to Eat?
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