Excitement was high on Saturday August 22, 2015 as we awaited the arrival of a group of chefs and food industry folks, along with representatives from the Empire State
Development Corp, hailing from NYC, Long Island and beyond. The group was
visiting the North Fork with stops at Schmitts Farm Stand, Catapano Goat Dairy, Harvest East End and Browder's Birds as part of a culinary tour organized by the NYS Department of Agriculture and
Markets to highlight Long Island Agriculture.
Also on the trip was NYS Ag and Markets Commissioner Ball! After a short presentation in the bee yard about Tom's honey bees, I had a nice informal chat with Mr. Ball, covering a number of the honey bee issues facing NY beekeepers. I came away feeling that the
NYS Dept. of Ag and Markets is current on the issues facing beekeepers and I'm hopeful the new NY Pollinator Task Force, of which he is Chair, will address these issues and recommend solutions that