I Bet You Didn't Know Your Escargot Was Canned...
August 11, 2020
Food quality (including fresh locally grown food) has become ever more important especially in light of the Covid-19 pandemic. Consumers are more stringent on how and where their food is grown as well as how it is supplied to their local grocery store or restaurant. And although many...
A Weekend Getaway That Outshines the Hamptons
July 16, 2019
“I couldn’t believe [American] chefs were opening up dusty cans of snails imported from Europe,” he said. Mr. Knapp sells to individuals (order online or pick them up at the farm) and to local restaurants (peconicescargot.com). He also puts...
Peconic Escargot is Changing the Way We Eat Snails
June 04, 2019
It’s lunchtime on the North Fork and the snails at Peconic Escargot are feasting on a meal of fresh basil and other mixed greens. Two years since launching as the country’s first and only outlet for professionally farmed escargots, chef and self-described snail wrangler Taylor Knapp’s snail farm has just released their latest product: snail caviar.
Popular Science - Sex, starvation, and saltwater moats: snail farms are wilder than you could ever imagine...
January 03, 2019
Taylor Knapp, owner of Peconic Escargot on the north fork of Long Island, New York, was one of the first snail farmers in the United States. He found that most escargot on the market was frozen and shipped in from Europe; finding something alive, or at least alive recently, was almost impossible. So he decided to go into business himself.
At an American escargot farm, growth proceeds at a snail’s pace
July 17, 2018
CUTCHOGUE, N.Y. — Life on the nation’s only USDA-certified snail farm is, as one might imagine, pretty slow. And quiet. And small, with the entire farm contained within one 300-square-foot greenhouse in the middle of Long Island’s wine country. At Peconic Escargot, 30,000 to 50,000 petit gris snails coexist in large plastic bins of dirt, munching on wild greens, living a life mostly free of drama.
Grubstreet - 2017 Holiday Gift Guide
November 30, 2017
What I’m giving: What do you give the locavore food snob who thinks she has seen it all? Snails. In their shells. By the dozen for $15, or 48 for $36. According to Peconic Escargot’s website, they’re raised on a diet of wild foraged greens in...
The New York Times - The Chickens Come Home to Roost on Long Island’s North Fork
October 25, 2017
The North Fork is now host to a surprising assortment of creatures being raised for food (and income), largely by a new wave of farmers. There’s even a chef cultivating snails, and he’s finding restaurants nearby and in New York City that are eager to order his crop...
The Independent - A Snail's Tale
September 06, 2017
Taylor Knapp calls himself "head snail wrangler" -- an amusing image, since snails are not known for their speed. But when you live on a farm with 15,000 mollusks and are pioneering the way as the East Coast's only snail producer, life tends to move pretty fast. Peconic Escargot, Knapp's company, began its journey four...
Go North Fork - Full Snail Ahead – Catching Up With Taylor Knapp Of Peconic Escargot
August 17, 2017
Last week we had a chance to catch up with Taylor Knapp of Peconic Escargot. Taylor is a local chef with experience working at the world famous Noma in Denmark (2 Star Michelin), as well as a handful of other restaurants in NYC before finding his way to the North Fork. He was inspired to create Peconic...
CBS2 New York - Long Island Snail Farm Brings Escargot to East Coast
August 18, 2017
Now, rather than relying on shipments from France or Spain, the first snail farm has emerged on the east end of Long Island, CBS2’s Jennifer McLogan reports. “We would consider ourselves snail wranglers,” Taylor Knapp told her. Inside a Cutchogue greenhouse...
95.9 WATD SSMN Goldie's Hot Sheet
July 27, 2017
For all the "Golfin' Gourmets" in the house! We're talkin' Snail Caviar and Escargot with Peconic Escargot ~ the only USDA certified fresh snail farm in the #USA located on the North Fork of Long Island in New York, Owner and Chef Taylor Knapp fills us in on...
Southampton Press - Peconic Escargot is New York's First Snail Farm.
August 08, 2017
Leave it to foraging expert Taylor Knapp to identify the need for fresh snails. Mr. Knapp worked with René Redzepi at Noma in Copenhagen, where he honed his foraging skills. He also worked as a chef at First and South in Greenport and...
Edible East End - Peconic Escargot is Open For Business
June 19, 2017
To say that development of Peconic Escargot, the East Coast’s first commercial snail farm, has moved at a snail’s pace is an understatement, but that’s fine with founder Taylor Knapp...
Newsday - Peconic Escargot in Cutchogue provides fresh, local snails to Long Island restaurants.
July 12, 2017
Four years ago, Taylor Knapp had never tasted a fresh snail, but he figured they had to be better than canned.
At the time, Knapp was the executive chef at First and South in Greenport. He knew little about farming and less about heliciculture (raising snails for food). Nevertheless...
Northforker - Peconic Escargot now on the menu at North Fork restaurants
July 03, 2017
Add snails to the list of North Fork fare you can find on the menus of local restaurants.
Taylor and Katelyn Knapp, co-owners of Peconic Escargot in Cutchogue, began delivering their fresh, farm-raised escargot to a handful of East End and New York City restaurants just two weeks ago, Mr. Knapp said. He said his...