05/12/19 5:55am

Carissa Waechter at the original East Hampton bakery. (Credit: Carissa’s the Bakery)

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Follow Carissa’s the Bakery on Instagram and you’ll likely find yourself making excuses to head to East Hampton each time a photo of the bakery’s dreamy pies, cakes and croissants pops up in your feed. Yes, that flourless chocolate cake topped with flower petals is as good as it looks.

Owners, baker Carissa Waechter and business partner Lori Chemla, have amassed quite a following since opening on Newton Lane almost two years ago. They’ve grown so much the duo is opening a second, larger location elsewhere in town this summer.

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11/18/18 6:10am

Kale grows at Share the Harvest Farm in East Hampton. (Credit: Kate Nalepinski)

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As a chilly November breeze sweeps over the seven acres of land owned by Share the Harvest Farm in East Hampton, coordinator Jess Tonn bursts open the door to the greenhouse.

She quickly rubs her hands together. It’s 30 degrees warmer in the greenhouse, where spinach, broccoli, carrots, beets and other herbs reside comfortably. Tonn bends down on her knees next to a bed of spinach and inspects a tiny leaf.

“Almost ready,” she whispers, and rises to her feet.

The farm, founded back in 2008 on just a quarter-acre of land, prides itself on a no-waste policy: All fruits and veggies must be given away for consumption.  (more…)