Jul 31, 2008
Jul 30, 2008
Posted by Mark Kreider at 5:14 PM
Jul 24, 2008
I've just learned a new term, and I love it! The word is Locavore. A locavore is someone who eats food grown or produced locally. The Locavore movement encourages consumers to buy from farmer's markets and/or produce your own. The New American Oxford Dictionary chose locavore as it's word of the year for 2007. It was coined by Jessica Prentice of San Francisco. (Thanks to Wikipedia for this info.) See July 17 blog for more farmstand photos
Posted by Mark Kreider at 12:26 PM
Jul 22, 2008
Jul 21, 2008
Riverhead has a long, interesting history but of late, Riverhead proper has been in decline. A lot of stores have closed, some out-dated, some not. Many businesses have been kidnapped by the dark side, the big box stores. Old Riverhead is slowly being restored in a loving way, with regard to time, history and the people who lived, loved and cherished it. The Riverhead Cinema is a shining example. I will spend some time in the old Riverhead soon. Less than fifteen years ago farms gave way to big box stores, franchises, auto dealerships, every kind of fast food except Arby's etc., Tanger discount mall I & II (yes, it fullfills a need, just wish it were further away, NIMBY). These new seemingly unzoned areas are the urban "New Jersey" of the North Fork (thank god the Hamptons are half to blame as we share what the Peconic River splits. There's been no apparent architectural oversight. We're not looking for a Disney Land, just some architecture not designed by a corporate committee that makes this part of the North Fork indistinguishable from Anywhere Else, USA. Okay, enough of that. I stopped by a Corvette show and took a few snaps. It was dripping hot and the stereo speakers were blasting "Born to be Wild", by Steppenwolf. I didn't see anyone under 40 years old or "wild". Just a lot of sedate wide-bottoms and no "babes".
Posted by Mark Kreider at 9:32 PM
Posted by Mark Kreider at 9:22 PM
Jul 18, 2008
I like the early morning when everything is pristine. The day has not yet been marred by noise or people or the wakes of boats. Animal footprints from last night are plainly visible and easy to identify in the sand, sand that was erased like a chalkboard from the last high tide. The low sun of early morning and late evening has a special glow that comes from the atmosphere acting as a prism and is called the "golden hour". There is nothing like it.
Posted by Mark Kreider at 8:47 AM
Jul 17, 2008
I have no idea nor do I think I could even make a good guess at how many farmstands there are on the North Fork. Some are big sprawling affairs, others have a shed or two and you still see wagons pulled out to the road from the barn behind a tractor with baskets of beautiful fresh-picked produce and an umbrella mounted to protect the vendor from the elements. Though most of them carry typical truck-patch produce, beans, corn, zuchinni, tomatoes etc., each one is enough different from the rest to make the trip to it worth while. Here are a few photos from three farmstands on the North Road between Mattituck and Riverhead. Our very favorite item from Briermere's is Wespennester, meaning wasp nest. It is a chocolate meringue-type cookie that is barely there at all. Place it on your tongue and it melts away with the most wonderful flavor. I wish it was listed on their web site menu which is very incomplete, for instance, they have many fresh breads, fruit ciders and more.
Posted by Mark Kreider at 3:17 PM