Long Island grown winter spinach is the hot item at farm stands and farmers markets right now, according to Natasha Beccaria of the Long Island Farm Bureau.
While it’s still premature for most Long Island grown produce, Beccaria said most farm stands in Long Island are already open for the season on the weekends and farmers markets are slowly starting to open up as well.
On the farms there was a lot of activity this past week as farmers, such as those at the Deer Run Farms in Brookhaven began transplanting leafy greens to the fields.
Some farmers have has also been putting their corn under plastic to protect it from the weather and the covering also causes the soil to heat up by a couple of degrees which can give farmers a few weeks jump on corn. Beccaria said while farmers are giving mixed reports of their corn crops she expects it will be ready by July 4th.
If you’re heading out to the farm strands or the markets in the next couple of weeks, in addition to spinach, you can also expect to find horseradish and asparagus in a couple of weeks. There will also be a lot of plants and flowers in anticipation of Mother’s Day.
On May 3, the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Suffolk County is having their annual Baby Animal Day, where visitors can meet the newest arrivals at the farm.
For more information on what’s fresh and to find the market nearest you visit the Long Island Farm Bureau website.