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'Foodpreneurs' spring up on LI

Tubs of kirby cucumbers and spices will become

Tubs of kirby cucumbers and spices will become wasabi pickles in the Divine Brines Foods, Inc. kitchen at The Calverton Business Incubator. Divine Brine Foods, Inc., creates all natural pickles, Italian specialties and chutneys, free of preservatives and artificial flavors, made with produce from local farms. (Oct. 17, 2013) Photo Credit: Heather Walsh

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.

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)

Chef Robert A. Schaefer, founder of Divine Brine
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Chef Robert A. Schaefer, founder of Divine Brine Foods, Inc. poses in his delivery truck at The Calverton Business Incubator. The company, he said, is just picking up speed. (Oct. 17, 2013)

Chef Joe Levesque of Divine Brine Foods, Inc.,
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Chef Joe Levesque of Divine Brine Foods, Inc., makes wasabi pickles, adding a spice mix to Kirby cucumbers at The Calverton Business Incubator. Divine Brine Foods, Inc., creates all natural pickles, Italian specialties and chutneys, free of preservatives and artificial flavors, made with produce from local farms. (Oct. 17, 2013)

Tubs of kirby cucumbers and spices will become
Photo Credit: Heather Walsh

Tubs of kirby cucumbers and spices will become wasabi pickles in the Divine Brines Foods, Inc. kitchen at The Calverton Business Incubator. Divine Brine Foods, Inc., creates all natural pickles, Italian specialties and chutneys, free of preservatives and artificial flavors, made with produce from local farms. (Oct. 17, 2013)

Carol Sidor, co-owner of Martin Sidor Farms, holds
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Carol Sidor, co-owner of Martin Sidor Farms, holds one of the potatoes grown on the farm that will be the main ingredient for a variety of North Fork All Nature Potato Chips produced by the potato chip factory in Cutchogue. (Oct. 23, 2013)

Workers make North Fork All Nature Potato Chips
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Workers make North Fork All Nature Potato Chips in The North Fork Potato Chip factory in Cutchogue. The North Fork All Nature Potato Chips are made with locally grown potatoes, from the Martin Sidor Farms, for a variety of North Fork All Nature Potato Chips favors. (Oct. 23, 2013)

Workers make North Fork All Nature Potato Chips
Photo Credit: Heather Walsh

Workers make North Fork All Nature Potato Chips in The North Fork Potato Chip factory in Cutchogue. The North Fork All Nature Potato Chips are made with locally grown potatoes, from the Martin Sidor Farms, for a variety of North Fork All Nature Potato Chips favors. (Oct. 23, 2013)

Carol Sidor, co-owner of Martin Sidor Farms, poses
Photo Credit: Heather Walsh

Carol Sidor, co-owner of Martin Sidor Farms, poses with bags of North Fork All Nature Potato Chips, produced in The North Fork Potato Chip factory in Cutchogue. The North Fork All Nature Potato Chips are made with locally grown potatoes, from the Martin Sidor Farms, for a variety of North Fork All Nature Potato Chips favors. (Oct. 23, 2013)

Rebecca Castellano, nutritionist, mother of five, and founder
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Rebecca Castellano, nutritionist, mother of five, and founder of Rachel Lu Gluten Free Foods, along with her daughter Rachel, 12, hand out samples of Rachel Lu's gluten free muffins to shoppers at lavarone Brothers grocery store in Woodbury. Rebecca Castellano created her gluten free product line after daughter Rachel and son Luke were diagnosed with Celiac disease three years ago. (Oct. 21, 2013)

Rebecca Castellano, nutritionist, mother of five, founder of
Photo Credit: Heather Walsh

Rebecca Castellano, nutritionist, mother of five, founder of Rachel Lu Gluten Free Foods, poses in the kitchen of her home in Wantagh with a selection of her gluten free baked goods. Rebecca Castellano created her gluten free product line after daughter Rachel and son Luke were diagnosed with Celiac disease three years ago. (Oct. 24, 2013)

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