Perusing farmers markets for fresh produce and dairy is a quintessential part of a Long Islander’s summer weekend. If your love of fresh, Long Island produce plucked straight from the soil rivals that of your brunch obsession, and if you want to know exactly where your food is coming from, you’re ripe to join a Community Supported Agriculture program.
By joining, you become a member of the farm and when fresh fruits and veggies are harvested, you get to pick it up or, in some cases, have it shipped to you. It’s like Bark Box for produce lovers, and as a couple of bonuses, it supports local farmers and reduces your carbon footprint.
Buy in at one of these five farms and enjoy Long Island CSA bounty from now through fall.
Restoration Farm, Old Bethpage
When we think Long Island farms, we tend to think Suffolk County and especially the East End, but Restoration Farm at Old Bethpage is a quick-trip for those who live farther West. Enjoy beets and bok choy in the spring, basil and tomatoes in the summer and leeks and sweet potatoes come fall as part of the 22-week program. Go.
Amber Waves, Amagansett
You’ve tasted Amber Waves’ wheat, baked goods and produce on Hamptons’ restaurant menus for years and can have it every night at dinner by joining the Amagansett farm’s CSA program. In addition to giving you fresh, seasonal vegetables like gourmet lettuces, heirloom tomatoes and even U-Pick flowers, Amber Waves has partnered with some other East End favorites like Carissa’s Bread, Briermere and Mecox Bay Dairy to give members the option of adding local breads, fruits and cheeses to their boxes for an additional but so worth-it fee. Go.
Organics Today Farm, East Islip
From May to October, members get to pick featured items, many of which will expand their produce palettes. Think red and yellow watermelons, white turnips and multi-colored carrots. Volunteer hours, which allow members to work the farm, are required for discounts. Go.
Golden Earthworm Organic Farm, Riverhead
Located in Riverhead, Golden Earthworm Organic Farm boasts more than 30 CSA pick-up spots throughout Nassau, Suffolk and Queens, making it possible for all of Long Island to eat from the East End fields from June through November. A trek to the farm is well worth it, as members get free farm tours that let them see how the food (like sugar snap peas and cantaloupe) they gobble up each night is grown. Go.
Sang Lee Farms, Peconic
The membership options for Sang Lee’s CSA program are as varied as their bounty, which includes mint, green beans, summer squash, ears of corn, cherry tomatoes and turnips. The 25-week vegetable share gives members seven to nine seasonal organic vegetable items per week and if that’s not enough they can add a five-week early winter share. The 25-week ready-to-eat share is a dream come true for the time-pressed folks who still want to eat local every week. Sang Lee will send two to four prepared products, like 12oz quinoa salads with dip and a baked good. Members can add on a cheese share to receive cow, goat and sheep’s milk cheeses from Long Island and Hudson Valley that pair perfectly with local wines, and a fruit share to bite into berries, peaches and more from Briermere Farm for 18 weeks. Go.
Tell us: Where do you CSA?