Country View Farm Stand offers ‘U-cut’ herbs

If you’re only looking for a sprig of parsley, instead a whole bunch, Country View Farm Stand in Southold is now offering “U-cut” herbs.

The family-run farm stand is offering fresh basil, parsley, thyme, oregano, tarragon, mint, rosemary and chives. Patrons can grab a pair of scissors and snip their desired amount from potted plants in front of the farm stand. 

“It’s just a little convenience for our customers,” owner Kevin Polak said. “Sometimes they come out on the weekend and they only need a little sprig of rosemary, and that’s it. At the supermarket, they’ll sell you a big bunch, and after that one night it goes right to the garbage.”

While U-pick strawberries is the most popular farm stand draw this time of year, U-cut herbs is a steadily gaining a following since the Southold farm stand introduced the concept last week.

 “It’s something my wife Donna thought of because everyone was asking for it at the front counter,” Polak said. “It’s great. Everybody loves it.”

Kevin and his brother Billy, who farms his own 125 acres of vegetables in Aquebogue, are fourth generation farmers. Kevin and his wife Donna have owned Country View Farm Stand in Southold since 2011. In 2016, the couple took over a Peconic farm stand previously run by Donna’s mother, Barbara Pelis of Riverhead, called “Barb’s Veggies,” renaming it Country View II.

In addition to the U-pick herbs, the Southold farm stand fresh-each-day baked goods,tomato sauce, salsas and hot and sweet pepper relishes in addition to in season fruit, such as strawberries, zucchini, eggplants, melons and a few other staples.

Country View Farm Stand is located at 57995 Main Road in Southold.