07/04/15 3:30pm
Now that's some patriotic pride. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder)

Now that’s some patriotic pride. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder)

Southold held its annual Fourth of July parade Saturday afternoon and residents decked out in red, white, and blue lined Main Street from Boisseau Avenue all the way to Tucker’s Lane.

Among the marchers were local dignitaries, scout troops, first responders, and a dozen horses and donkeys. (more…)

07/02/15 2:41pm
07/02/2015 2:41 PM
On Thursday, Scott DuBois at Breeze Hill Farm was selling corn he purchased from Georgia, but by Friday or Saturday, he will begin selling his own corn — just in time for the Fourth of July weekend. (Credit: Chris Lisinski)

On Thursday, Scott DuBois at Breeze Hill Farm was selling corn he purchased from Georgia, but by Friday or Saturday, he will begin selling his own corn — just in time for the Fourth of July weekend. (Credit: Chris Lisinski)

Fret not, barbecue lovers of the North Fork: you should be able to enjoy local corn during the upcoming Fourth of July weekend.

Despite a brutal winter and a somewhat rainy June, several local farms said they have already begun harvesting corn — and they’re anticipating plenty of demand over the next few days.

“We just pulled some [Thursday] morning and it’s looking very good,” said Herbert Barron, an attendant at Wesnofske Farm in Peconic. “They look very good despite the rough winter. Actually, they look better than last year, in my opinion … For early stuff, it’s quite large.” (more…)

07/05/14 3:37pm
After being delayed by rain, the Fourth of July parade in Southold went on Saturday. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder)

After being delayed by rain, the Fourth of July parade in Southold went on Saturday. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder)

The Southold Village Merchants’ 17th annual Fourth of July parade was held Saturday afternoon. The parade was originally scheduled for Friday on Fourth of July. But the weather didn’t cooperate and rain forced it to be moved back a day. (more…)

07/04/13 9:50am
07/04/2013 9:50 AM
RACHEL YOUNG PHOTO | Ed Harbes picks super sweet corn Wednesday afternoon at Harbes Family Farm in Mattituck.

RACHEL YOUNG PHOTO | Ed Harbes picks super sweet corn Wednesday afternoon at Harbes Family Farm in Mattituck.

Corn on the cob lovers can breathe a sigh of relief: despite the wet weather of recent weeks, local farmers say their corn crops are in decent shape.

In other words, you can plan on enjoying fresh sweet corn at your Fourth of July barbecue tomorrow.

“The cool spring has delayed our harvest a few days but otherwise we’re optimistic about excellent corn quality this year,” said Ed Harbes, owner of two Harbes Family Farm locations in Mattituck and Jamesport.

“Fortunately, rain seldom affects sweet corn because it’s three feet off the ground and gets a lot of natural ventilation.”

The corn season, Mr. Harbes said, typically starts right around the Fourth of July and runs through the end of October. Mr. Harbes said he’s going to begin picking small amounts of the farm’s super sweet corn today.

As of Friday, Harbes Family Farm had been selling super sweet corn from Georgia.

“We’ll have to see what percentage of the corn is at its peak maturity,” Mr. Harbes said of the Mattituck farm’s 60 acres of corn. “When super sweet corn is too young it doesn’t have its full flavor.”

Mr. Harbes added that corn growers as nearby as Riverhead typically see their harvests come in a few days before farms do farther east on the North Fork.

“Our neighbors in Riverhead typically have slightly warmer temperatures because they’re less moderated by the water that’s on either side of us here,” Mr. Harbes said. “Their corn is typically ready a few days earlier than ours.”

That’s the case at Rottkamp Fox Hollow Farm in Riverhead, where owner Jeff Rottkamp said his 110-acre corn crop was affected by the rain but there will be a large enough supply for the holiday weekend.

Rottkamp Fox Hollow Farm sells sweet corn to local farm stands.

“When we had rain there were times when we should have been planting and we couldn’t get onto the farm,” he said.

“It’s going to be an interesting season from start to finish.”

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