NorthForker.com (May 2013) “Where can you sit back and sip local wine while watching over 20,000 honeybees buzz about? At a new tasting room in Cutchogue this weekend, when Southold couple Adam Suprenant and Laura Klahre debut their business, Coffee Pot Cellars Tasting Room and Blossom Meadow.”
New York Cork Report (March 2013) “The Coffee Pot Cellars business model has always included plans for a tasting room. Together with my fiancee Laura Klahre, the owner/beekeeper of Blossom Meadow, we have been looking to open a retail outlet to market my wine as well as her honey, beeswax candles crayons and lip balm for the past two years,” Suprenant told me in an email.
Edible East End Magazine (Fall 2012) “The steak, from Village Prime Meat Shoppe in East Quogue, which everyone calls Sonny’s, goes into a marinade made with honey from the North Fork. The honey, Blossom Meadow, is the produce of beekeeper Laura Klahre, who rents the house where Ruffin’s father used to live.”
Dan’s Papers (June 2012) “Laura Klahre from Blossom Meadow explains that swarming happens everywhere, not just in New York and is a normal procedure for honeybees. ‘This is how the bees split off and make new colonies, a natural process. In fact, when a hive swarms, it is the old queen that leaves with about 60% of the bees from the hive.’”
Suffolk Times (November 2011) “Vegetables of all kinds suffered this year during a growing season marred by long rainy periods, but many unseen workers in North Fork fields were hurt so badly by this year’s rains that they will have trouble surviving the winter.”
Suffolk Times (March 2011) “We learned from Laura Klahre of Southold, a beekeeper, never to look at a jar of honey again without finding out where it came from and what flowers … give the honey its distinctive color.”
Dan’s Papers (February 2011) “In the late fall, honeybees start forming a winter cluster inside the hive. When the outside temperatures become very cold, the cluster shrinks uniformly in an effort to reduce heat loss from the interior and to reduce air spaces between the bees.”
Long Island Press (August 2010) “It’s a real blast to open up a hive and see this little world going on and just watching them come in with different color pollen on their legs and from that you can decipher what species of flowers are blooming,” Klahre said. “You feel like you’re a part of something big—which you are.”
Dan’s Papers (August 2010) “The honey she gathers from hives across the North Fork is the best I’ve tasted.” — Stacy Dermont, Associate Editor
Suffolk Times (May 2010) “You walk into a bee yard with a certain way about you, and the bees can sense that. Everything else needs to go out of your head, and it does. Your only focus is the bees.”
Pine Barrens Society Newsletter (Summer 2010) “In fact, of the approximately 775 bee species east of the Mississippi (US and Canada) more than 70 of these species have not been seen in the last twenty years. In order for native insects to continue functioning and in some cases bounce back from decline, they need to be factored into land management decisions.”
Newsday (June 2007) “Populations of wild bees and honeybees are in decline nationwide for many reasons – loss of habitat, poisoning from pesticides, and introduced parasites and diseases, among others.”
Words to Live By:
"Eat honey. Be merry."
- Adam Suprenant
"If you have good thoughts they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely."
- Roald Dahl