Town Moves 3,000 lbs. of Recycled, Cured Oyster Shells for “Half Shells for Habitat” Reef Restoration Projects
Recently, the Town of Brookhaven moved 3,000 lbs. of recycled, cured oyster shells to two oyster restoration projects in Bellport Bay as part of an oyster shell recovery program called“Half Shells for Habitat.” Since early 2018, the Seatuck Environmental Association has collected oyster shells from restaurants for use in oyster and habitat restoration efforts. The Town partnered with Seatuck to address the critical need to return oyster shells to Long Island’s estuaries. The shells provide vitally important substrate on which young oysters can attach and grow, and they help to combat coastal acidification by returning calcium to the water. The Town established a shell storage site at their Manorville composting facility where the shells sit in the sun for at least 6 months before going back in the water. Town Supervisor Ed Romaine has enthusiastically embraced the idea and town officials plan to use some of the shells in their oyster restoration program.
Supervisor Romaine said, “I am happy to partner with Seatuck on Half Shells for Habitat, and I thank the restaurants for their enthusiastic support. This is a very important environmental project that reduces our waste stream and will help repopulate the bay with new oysters and keep the water clean. It’s another valuable step to improving the environment of our local waterways.”
The Seatuck Environmental Association is a member-supported 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to conserving Long Island wildlife and the environment. The organization pursues its mission by employing a multi-pronged approach to various wildlife conservation projects and offering high quality environmental education opportunities for Long Islanders of all ages. Volunteers are needed to deliver and collect buckets from the restaurants, clean buckets and make deliveries of shells to the storage site. Interested people are urged to contact Seatuck at firstname.lastname@example.org or 631-581-6908.
Patchogue’s Alive on the River festivals starts tonight, June 6th with its Salute the Soldiers theme!
Hosted by the Greater Patchogue Chamber of Commerce’s Riverfront Committee, this is the festivals second year. The concept for Alive on the River was developed in order to familiarize locals and others on LI to the amazing restaurants and bars along the Patchogue riverfront.
Here is the complete Alive on the River schedule and the themes for each week:
Water taxis by Fire Island Ferries will be available for transport along the river front, making stops at the participating restaurants and at Island View Marina. $10 for unlimited rides between 5 p.m. and 9 p.m.
Click here for more information on Alive on the River and to follow the event on Facebook.
There is definitely something special about being able to harvest your own fruit right here on Long Island. Picking your own locally grown fresh fruits and vegetables is a great way to get the freshest produce at a lowest price and gives us an opportunity to better understand where our food comes from. Picking your own is a great tradition, a fun outing for any family and helps support local farmers.
Lucky for us, the sweetest spots for picking Strawberries are located right here in Suffolk County. Here are our top picks. We recommend you call ahead or check the farms’ websites for ripening schedules, availability and events.
Condzella’s Farm — Wading River
Condzella’s is a third-generation farm grows 9 different varieties of strawberries, each having a different time for fruiting. All of the varieties that they grow are selected for the best possible flavor. All of their fields are mulched with straw, which keeps the berries from coming into contact with the ground insuring that the fruit is clean and free of dirt when harvested. At Condzella’s Farm they are proud to use sustainable farming practices. They reject the use of synthetic insecticides, herbicides, fungicides and fertilizers. They limit their carbon footprint by selling all of their crops directly from farm to local market. Any unsold, edible crops are donated to Island’s Harvest to combat hunger on Long Island. Pick-your-own strawberries are available for U-pick beginning the second week in June. The farm is open daily from 9am to 5pm. Located at 6233 North Country Road, Wading River. 631-929-4697
Garden of Eve Organic Farm — Riverhead – ALL ORGANIC
Chris and Eve Kaplan-Walbrecht founded Garden of Eve organic farm in 2001, dedicated to providing delicious organic vegetables, fruits and beautiful flowers and to “making changes in the world by living them.” At Garden of Eve Farm, they practice sustainable farming and do not use any pesticides or herbicides. Garden of Eve’s strawberries tends to ripen early; this year’s crop could be ready to pick the first week of June. $5 admission per person includes access to the Fun Fields, with a pedal cart track, farm animals, swings, a tube slide, and bouncy houses. The farm is open every day from 9 am to 6 pm. Call or visit their site for the most up-to-date pick-your-own schedule and all other information. Located at 4558 Sound Avenue, Riverhead. 631-722-8777
Glover Farms — Brookhaven
Since 1952, Glover Farms has been providing quality produce to the public through our U-Pick seasons. One of the first U-pick strawberry farms on Long Island, Glover Farms tries to provide the public with an interactive farm experience to boost the public’s knowledge of agriculture. While you walk through the fields you can see farming equipment up close and have goats eat right out of your hand. During our summer seasons you might even catch the farmer out plowing the fields. 2019 Strawberry season begins in June 8th and U-pick is available every day from 10 am to 6 pm. Located at 633 Victory Avenue, Brookhaven. 631-286-7876
Lewin Farms — Calverton
Lewin Farms says it was the first pick-your-own farm on Long Island. It has been around for four generations. The farm has its own stand with more than 20 varieties of fresh fruits and vegetables. While there, stop by the corn stand for some of the sweetest around. Pick-your-own strawberries are available beginning Memorial Day weekend through June; hours are 9 am to 4:30 pm. While you are there, check out the corn maze, where kids of all ages can enjoy a new, challenging design each year. Call ahead for availability and days the fields are open. Located at 812 Sound Avenue, Calverton. 631-929-4327
Sound Shore Farms and Market — Riverhead
The Reeve family has been farming on LI for over 200 years and seven proud generations. This farmers Market location, which is known for its lovely scenic views, provides customers with a large selection of locally grown produce, from vegetables and fruits to herbs and flowers. U-pick strawberries are available beginning at the end of May. The farm is open daily from 8:30 am until 6 pm and the stand also sells local honey, jam, breads, and pies. Strawberries are $2.50 to $2.85 per pound. Corn is roasted daily, and there is plenty of parking. Located at 5629 Sound Avenue, Riverhead. 631-722-4740
Wickham’s Fruit Farm — Cutchogue
Wickham’s Fruit Farm is a family business which takes pride in producing and marketing the choicest of fruit. Strawberries are grown without pesticides at Wickham’s Fruit Farm. Visitors can pick ripe berries and then stop by the farm stand for fresh apple cider doughnuts, pressed apple cider pressed, homemade pies and preserves. The farm is open from 9 am to 4 pm every day but Sunday. Located at 28700 Route 25, Cutchogue. 631-734-6441
Windy Acres Farm — Calverton
Windy Acres is a family owned and run, 4th generation farm. Windy Acres offers a variety of U-pick items starting with strawberries, blueberries, and raspberries. Later in summer you can pick fresh tomatoes, peppers, and eggplant. In fall you can pick apples and pumpkins. The farm stand offers other “home” grown produce, fresh baked goods, honey, and flowers. A large picnic area is available, and kids will enjoy the play area with wooden structures in the shape of a train, tractor, pirate ship, and truck. The farm is open seven days a week from 9 am to 6 pm. Check its Facebook page for festival and event information. Located at 3810 Middle Country Road, Calverton. 631-727-4554