For fans of the foraged food movement, wild stinging nettles, chicory and French dandelions surely sound enticing as salad ingredients on a restaurant menu.
But gathering these plants in the wild can raise several concerns, according to farmers Melissa and Ed Henrey. Cultivating these varieties, as the Henreys are doing with their new Southold venture The Farm Beyond, removes the guesswork for those looking for field-to-table dining.
“People can be secretive about where they are getting [foraged plants] from,” Ms. Henrey said in a recent interview inside the farm’s greenhouse. “We think food transparency and accountability is so important.” (more…)
Nicole, Elijah and Jared Jeanotte of From Scratch Farm outside the barn they hope to lease at Peconic Land Trust’s Agricultural Center at Charnews Farm. (Credit: Vera Chinese)
Jared Jeanotte drives up an icy driveway in Southold, parks his family’s red Dodge station wagon in the snow and pops open the trunk. He goes around back, reaches in and removes a cardboard box containing three hens who have huddled together to keep warm during the ride.
“We brought some chickens,” he says, cradling one of the birds.
Mr. Jeanotte and his wife, Nicole, both 29, and their 11-month-old son, Elijah, exit the car and pose for a photo outside a barn at Peconic Land Trust Agricultural Center at Charnews Farms. It’s here that the family soon hopes to make a living with their organic poultry operation, From Scratch Farm, on land leased through the land trust’s “Farms for the Future” initiative. (more…)