03/31/18 3:00pm
COURTESY PHOTO | Cris DiOrio is the new manager of the Havens Farmers’ Market which is held throughout the summer on the grounds of the Shelter Island Historical Society.

COURTESY PHOTO |  Cris DiOrio is the new manager of the Havens Farmers’ Market which is held throughout the summer on the grounds of the Shelter Island Historical Society.

This spring, the Shelter Island Historical Society welcomes Cris DiOrio as the new manager of the Havens Farmers Market. After graduating from the Shelter Island School, Mr. DiOrio volunteered for AmeriCorps in New Orleans where he helped build a community garden. He later enrolled at Middlebury College in Vermont, and during his first year there helped develop a community group that built the Middlebury Area Community Garden (MACG).  (more…)

05/12/17 10:00am
SARAH SHEPHERD PHOTO | Bees and their queen on the move in May.

SARAH SHEPHERD PHOTO | Bees and their queen on the move in May.

I have learned that there is no hiding when Mother Nature has something for you to experience. There are moments to witness and lessons to learn within each and every season.  If you are willing to be present, you will find that nature is full of surprises.

I have been quietly working in my garden, the May morning is warm and clear. Birds are singing, and the essence of spring is awake with every flower unfolding.  (more…)

04/28/17 10:00am
CHARITY ROBEY PHOTO | The author and chef's horseradish crackers.

CHARITY ROBEY PHOTO | The author and chef’s horseradish crackers.

April is a difficult month for locavores. At a time when green shoots are coming up everywhere, and fruit trees are blooming, there is nothing green to eat, nor fruit to pick. The only edible things coming out of the earth in this season must be dug up, and that’s why horseradish is my subject. Planted in the spring, it grows all summer, fall and winter until a year later, it’s a root that looks like a shillelagh and acts like smelling salts.

Think of horseradish as Long Island mustard. (more…)