Photos: Dandelion Festival at KK’s Farm

A sure sign of spring, and a boon to pollinators, the dandelion is to be embraced.
A sure sign of spring, and a boon to pollinators, the dandelion is to be embraced.

 

Photos: Dandelion Festival at KK’s Farm

KK's Farm owner Ira Haspel at the festival.
KK’s Farm owner Ira Haspel at the festival.

Early morning rain did not deter crowds of dandelion lovers from a day at KK’s Farm in Southold Sunday, where nature organizations, local food purveyors, musicians, beekeepers, biodynamic farmers, poets and natural health practitioners all came together for a day of celebration.

The farm’s third annual Dandelion Festival’s mission is to allow people to become aware of the benefits of the dandelion leaf, flower and root. Dandelion is the symbol of spring and early food for the bees and other pollinators.

The festival is also an attempt to get people to think twice before spraying herbicides that both kill dandelions and enter our soil, aquifer, estuaries and bay.

 

 

Jess Morris of the North Fork Roasting Company with her dandelion donuts, freshly baked and still warm.
Jess Morris of the North Fork Roasting Company with her dandelion donuts, freshly baked and still warm.

 

Susan Merrie of the Hippy Hive Honey Co-Op, baded at Jamesport's Golden Earthworm farm, which raises both honeybees and awareness of the threats to bees.
Susan Merrie of the Hippy Hive Honey Co-Op, baded at Jamesport’s Golden Earthworm farm, which raises both honeybees and awareness of the threats facing bees.

 

 

Thomas Stock read an ode to dandelions and gave a primer on Long Island soil.
Thomas Stock read an ode to dandelions and gave a primer on Long Island soil.

 

The first asparagus of the season from Treiber Farms.
The first asparagus of the season from Treiber Farms.

 

Biodynamic farmer Stephen Storch discussed the agricultural nature/nurture debate, materialism and the Love of Dandelion
Biodynamic farmer Stephen Storch discussed the agricultural nature/nurture debate, materialism and the Love of Dandelion

 

Laura Luciano, Megan Schmidt and Anne Howard of Slow Food East End
Laura Luciano, Megan Schmidt and Anne Howard of Slow Food East End

 

Guitarist Thomas Fisher
Guitarist Thomas Fisher

 

Nicole Orens-Williams of Herrick's Herbs & Heirlooms organic nursery in Jamesport
Nicole Orens-Williams of Herrick’s Herbs & Heirlooms organic nursery in Jamesport

 

Abra Morawiec of Feisty Acres brought a friendly quail and some pickled quail eggs to the festival.
Abra Morawiec of Feisty Acres brought a friendly quail and some pickled quail eggs to the festival.

 

Savannah Calderale of Down to Earth at the Charnews Farm agricultural center on Youngs Avenue in Southold, where she's planning a pop-up farm stand this summer.
Savannah Calderale of Down to Earth at the Charnews Farm agricultural center on Youngs Avenue in Southold, where she’s planning a pop-up farm stand this summer.

Beth Young

Beth Young has been covering the East End since the 1990s. In her spare time, she runs around the block, tinkers with bicycles, tries not to drown in the Peconic Bay and hopes to grow the perfect tomato. You can send her a message at editor@eastendbeacon.com

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