Caring for happy goats since 2003
In 2003, Karen and Michael Catapano, a nurse and doctor, respectively, bought a small goat farm in Mattituck. During their second year as goat farmers, they entered the American Cheese Society Annual National Competition and came in first place. Popularity ensued, and in 2005, they moved to the current farm’s location in Peconic, increasing their herd to about 100.
In 2020, after 17 years of goat bliss, the Catapanos decided to retire and sold the farm to Erin and Connor Burke. The Burkes are keeping the Catapano name and the wonderful Catapano cheese and skincare products.
Erin & Connor Burke
Connor is president and owner of Eastern Bays Company, an oyster farm in the Peconic Bay. A native of Long Island, Connor has a particular interest in native species of plants and trees and the conservation of Long Island’s natural resources.
Erin, a lawyer, grew up in Alabama, owning and riding horses and participating in 4H programs.
Both were drawn to live full time on the North Fork, settling in Cutchogue in 2018.
Erin and Connor, frequent visitors to Catapano Dairy Farm, jumped at the chance to own the farm when the previous owners, Michael and Karen Catapano, decided to retire in 2020.
The Catapanos graciously allowed the Burkes to retain the name of the farm, as they promised to carry on the legacy of happy goats producing fresh cheese and soaps, among other products. Connor and Erin are grateful to have the opportunity to raise their family on a farm that supports sustainable and healthy farming practices on the North Fork of Long Island. They look forward to welcoming guests to the farm.
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