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Chef Robert A. Schaefer, founder of Divine Brine
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Chef Robert A. Schaefer, founder of Divine Brine Foods, Inc. poses with a Kirby cucumber and ingredients to make pickles at The Calverton Business Incubator kitchen. Schaefer launched his company, Divine Brine, after growing too many Kirby cucumbers in 2008 in his Huntington Station backyard. (Oct. 17, 2013)(Credit: Heather Walsh)

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'Foodpreneurs' spring up on LI

The next startup company to rise on Long Island may not come from some biotech lab or whiz kid’s dorm room. Rather, it may emerge from the silty clay soil of the East End. It’s there, amid pastoral vineyards and dusty potato farms, that a budding community of upstart food companies is taking hold. Capitalizing on a booming appetite for local and niche foods, dozens of Long Island entrepreneurs have jumped into the scrappy business of making artisanal foods.