We were first introduced to The Farm Beyond farmers Melissa and Ed Henrey in a story Northforker editor Vera Chinese wrote back in March, at the beginning of this year’s growing season. They announced they would be growing “farmed foraged crops” on a five acre organic plot leased from the Peconic Land Trust on Youngs Avenue in Southold and selling their produce and flowers at a “pop-up” farm stand on Fridays and Saturdays. It is the height of the harvest now and I stopped in on Friday afternoon to see how their first season was going. (more…)
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…)