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Long Island Roots: Staying Connected Blog

Dec 1

Written by: lifbblogger
12/1/2015 10:18 PM

Farmers' Winter To-Do List

While life on the farm for most Long Island farmers is slowing down a bit (the exception being some greenhouse growers and marine harvesting farmers such as bay scallops and oysters), Farm Bureau as an organization is at its peak busy season. This winter, Farm Bureau members from around New York State will meet in Albany and discuss issues facing the industry and their farm businesses. They use a grassroots infrastructure to create and vote on policies that will be used as a common voice when speaking to local and state political officials.

Winter is also a time when farmers take time to better themselves, their business and their farming practices. In January, the 35th Long Island Agricultural Forum will take place at the Suffolk Community College in Riverhead, where farmers attend classes specific to their commodities and gain knowledge of the latest research, regulation changes, soil health and pest management, and marketing and business management strategies.

 


Grown on LI T-shirts & More

Grown on LI Merchandise makes a great gift for the holidays.

Grown on LI and LI Fishbone as one. You can now have the best of both worlds – The Grown on Long Island Fishbone T-shirt. Navy and Slate.

Grown on LI Hats with our logo embroidered on front in cotton twill. Beautiful quality.

Grown on Long Island sweatshirt hoodies! White, navy, brown, grey, green.

Tote bag with Grown on Long Island logo on front. Great for shopping at your local farmstand and farmers markets.

Aprons in hunter green with white logo on front and 2 large pockets for storage.

Short sleeve T-shirt in children's sizes: navy, gray, white, pink, and black.

(other sizes available here)

 


Long Island's Winter Crop: Peconic Bay Scallops



 

 

 

 

Photo by: Dan Young at Edible East End

Peconic bay scallops are found in the shallow bays and estuaries of Peconic Bay and while the season officially kicked off last month, you can continue to enjoy fresh, in-season scallops throughout the holidays depending on their growth throughout the year. They are different from sea scallops both in size and taste.

On Long Island, New York, populations were nearly driven to extinction due to "brown tide" algal blooms from 1985 to 1987, and in 1995. Despite the absence of brown tides since 1995, bay scallop populations did not recover on their own over the next 12 years.

Restoration projects for Peconic Bay scallops have been spearheaded by the Long Island University and Cornell Cooperative Extension of Suffolk County. The restoration was primarily based on planting of scallops that were raised in a hatchery - ie aquaculture - and then released into the waters of Orient Harbor, Flanders Bay, Hogneck Bay and North West Harbor. According to Stephen Tettlebach, Professor of Biology at Long Island University, the restoration has been a great success with record harvest numbers in 2014.

Tettlebach says, “In the last 10 plus years, we have spent thousands of hours on and under the water monitoring the progress of our restoration efforts; it is clear that our efforts have driven the resurgence of scallop populations in the Peconic Bays of eastern Long Island, as well as the commercial fisheries”. And while 2015 won't show a repeat of the 2014 record harvest numbers, the overall restoration has brought this culinary delight back to life. Visit our website for recipes.

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