JB Browder helps his mom and dad, Holly and Chris Browder, oversee the chickens on the Mattituck farm. (Credit: David Benthal)
Chart a course to the North Fork of Long Island and you’ll end up on one of two main roads flanked by farmland and vineyards. Each is a predominantly two-lane road dotted with farm stands come summertime. U-pick berries, hot sweet corn and barnyard animals are among the top attractions at the larger, more well-known roadside farms that everyone drives past on their way through town.
But if you turn a corner or two, you’ll find a handful of other farm stands and garden centers tucked away off the main drag. They offer bountiful homegrown goodness that is well worth the detour.
These out-of-the-way stands offer everything from fresh tomatoes and flowers to poultry and artisanal goods. Don’t let these hidden gems pass you by.(more…)
Carrots are available in the Sang Lee Farms winter share. (Credit: Vera Chinese)
The North Fork just saw it first frost and we’ll likely be seeing the white stuff in the coming weeks, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still get fresh, organic and locally grown produce.
Though many farm stands shut down toward the end of November, several organic North Fork farms offer winter community supported agriculture (CSA) programs with items like root vegetables, potatoes, kale, swiss chard and brussels sprouts.
“We try to keep it diverse, there’s definitely a lot of root vegetables like sweet potatoes, rutabaga and beets,” Eve Kaplan-Walbrescht, owner of Garden of Eve Organic Farm and Market, said. “Then there’s a lot of greens in April and May, like mesclun, baby kale and bok choi, and those are some of the best-tasting greens of the year.”
Along with vegetables, many of these farms also offer add-on shares of hormone-free meat, fresh eggs, cheese and bread.
Here are four local organic farms offering a winter CSA program. (more…)
g Expect carrots in your winter CSA program at Sang Lee Farms. (Credit: Vera Chinese)
The ground will soon freeze over and we can expect the white stuff to make its first substantial appearance in the coming weeks, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still get organic, fresh and locally grown produce.
While many farm stands shut down around the end of November, several North Fork organic farms offer winter community supported agriculture programs with items like fresh veggies, free-range eggs and cheese. (more…)