Each week, we’re spotlighting a different farm stand on the North Fork. Sylvester Manor Educational Farm, located on Shelter Island, is open Thursday through Sunday, 9 a.m to 5 p.m. Their 235 acres of hiking trails are open seven days a week, dusk to dawn.
Name: Sylvester Manor Educational Farm
History: In 2009, the farm started selling products from a series of small plastic tents. When lightning struck and killed a group of four white pine trees that summer, the team decided to have them milled up into beams. In 2010, Sylvestor Manor hosted a timber-frame building workshop where they took those beams and over the course of one week cut and constructed the frame of the area they sell food in today. Several years later, the rest of the structure was added on in a massive community effort using wood downed by hurricane Sandy. The site of the farmstand has particular resonance because it is where co-founder Bennett Konesni’s great-uncle, Andy Fiske, had a small bookshop.
What they are offering: zucchini, cucumbers, summer squash, kale, swiss chard, shishitos, sweet peppers, roasting peppers, onions, potatoes, garlic, blackberries, leeks, tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, carrots, beets, eggplant, hot peppers, string beans and herbs, limited amounts of eggs from the chickens, pork lard and jewels from the woodland-raised pigs, duck from Crescent Farms, prepared foods from Ali Katz Kitchen, pies, breads and muffins from Blue Duck Bakery, goat cheese from Catapano Dairy Farm, jam, honey and pesto from Treiber Farms and more.
80 N Ferry Rd, Shelter Island