Embracing Local Bounty

It's been a few years since we took a family vacation meaning I am not accustomed to eating out regularly, something that can be the norm with travel. I don’t fancy haute cuisine by any measure but do embrace fresh, clean and nourishing food with a little (or maybe a lot of) culinary transparency. So on the multiple times that we dined at local restaurants in coastal Florida, I searched high and low for what I know and to my great surprise, I was disappointed every time (as were my husband and kids). Interestingly enough, the places we chose came highly recommended so inevitably I thought, “Stefanie, you are a food snob!”

But this is the deal. I live on the East End of Long Island with access to some of the freshest cleanest food in the world. Farms abound, farm stands are frequent, edible artisans take food transparency to the max and many restaurants deliver real nourishment. Also I cook regularly (with tons of variety). So this is my norm and anything other than this means that I must adjust. But, that is life…

Being away is often a catalyst for appreciation. While I am the sort to be thankful for the grass between my toes each and every day, I am also going to say that I will continue to embrace every part of my local edible bounty, as access to great food is truly one of the greatest gifts.

As we head into a season that will surely bring many colors, textures and flavors to the foodie forefront, I wanted to share with you some of my local favorites.

Community Supported Agriculture (CSA)

Community Supported Fishery (CSF)

Pasture Raised Poultry and Eggs

And

Amagansett Sea Salt
Anke’s Fit Bakery
Carissa’s Breads
Good Water Farms Microgreens
Night Owl Bakery
Sweet ‘Tauk Lemonade

Plus, on any given week or weekend day, you can pop by a local farm stand or visit a farmers market from Montauk to Westhampton and across to the North Fork.

Ashwagh Hall Farmers Market
780 Springs Fire Place Road, Springs
Saturdays 9 a.m.–1 p.m.

East Hampton Farmers Market 
136 North Main Street Nick & Toni’s parking lot
Fridays 9 a.m.–1 p.m.

Flanders Farm Fresh Food Market
David W. Crohan Community Center 655 Flanders Road
Saturdays 10 a.m.–2 p.m.

Greenport Farmers Market
United Methodist Church 621 Main Street
Saturdays 9 a.m.–1 p.m.

Hayground School Farmers Market 
151 Mitchell Lane Bridgehampton, NY
Fridays 3–6:30 p.m.

Montauk Farmers Market 
Village Green, Center of Town
Thursdays 9 a.m.–2 p.m.

Sag Harbor Farmers Market
Bay and Burke Streets In front of the Breakwater Yacht Club
Saturdays 9 a.m.–1 p.m.

Shelter Island Farmers Market
Shelter Island Historical Society 16 South Ferry Road
Saturdays 9 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

Southampton Farmers Market
25 Jobs Lane West side grounds of Parrish Art Museum
Sundays 9 a.m.–2 p.m.

Westhampton Beach Farmers Market
85 Mill Road Westhampton Beach Saturdays
9 a.m.–1 p.m.

To get the skinny (or fat) on everything edible on the East End, be sure to check out Edible East End and Out East Foodie. And if you want to some culinary nutrition insight in a tangible kinda way, join me for the Lunch and Learn series at Plain-T in Southampton starting this June. If you are not local, surely check out what is going on in your local ag community and stay connected with me on Facebook and Twitter for regional and national teaching updates.

Don’t forget to tune in to Stirring the Pot on WPPB 88.3 FM Thursdays at 5:30pm (with an encore Saturdays at 7am) for Wellness in the Schools and surely check out the Weekly Yum Recipe.

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