The Real Foodie

Tag: farm stands

Open Minded Organics, Bridgehampton, N.Y.

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My friend Dave Falkowski, also known as ‘the mushroom man’, started growing his gourmet mushrooms in 2003, for which he is most known and sells to an impressive list of restaurants. His family were among the first Polish families to start farming potatoes and Brassicas on the South Fork, Long Island in the mid-19th century.¹ He has since expanded his farm, Open Minded Organics, to raising chickens and growing a wide array of fruits and vegetables, which he sells at the local East End farmers‘ markets and his farm stand in Bridgehampton.

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1. Halweil B (2011). The Mushroom Man, Redux. Edible East End. Fall edn.

Farm Delivery

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Today my delivery arrived in Southampton from my farm buying club in Miami! (which actually comes from an Amish farm in Pennsylvania—for legal reasons to do with raw dairy I can’t mention the name.) I can’t believe that I suffered for the last two years since I left New York and ended my farm buying club membership here; every time I would visit my family in Southampton for holidays and and during the summers when I would stay for several weeks, I would be stuck without any raw yoghurt or kefir. I used to drive for miles to a local farm in Bridgehampton every other day to stock up on pastured eggs, meat and raw milk and would have to make my own kefir and yoghurt from the raw milk, which never turned out well. After the entire summer last summer of feeding Olivia the raw milk, yoghurt and kefir from the farm (I can’t mention any names) I found out that the cows, which I thought were 100 percent grass fed, were being fed GMO soy while they were milked twice a day! (I got suspicious one time after I saw soy beans scattered on the floor of the barn and asked.) So this summer I was researching other farms to buy raw milk, the closest being in Riverhead (which isn‘t close) but when I called the farm they didn’t answer. Then my friend who is also a member of the Miami club told me she orders directly from the farm by mail when she spends her summers in Westhampton. I never knew I could order directly from the farm and receive the refrigerated package the next day by mail, still cold! What a difference this will make to my summer! I will still go to my local farm stands for fruits and vegetables (even the one in Bridgehampton which sell many other good things) and support the local food here but at least I won’t have to worry about where to find raw milk and it will save me a lot of driving.

Southampton Village Farmers’ Market

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I spend every summer staying with my family in the town of Southampton, New York. It requires more effort to buy real food as I don’t have my farm delivery club like in Miami. However, over the years I have got to know the few organic farms and farm stands around the area, with more growing each year and although I have to drive far to get it, it is worth it; we end up eating just as well as we do at home. I will be posting more about the farm stands I buy from throughout the summer. Every Sunday from June to October there is a small farmers’ market held next to the old Parish Art Museum in the village of Southampton. Photographed is Frank Trentacoste from the new organic farm in Amagansett, Bhumi Farm. Below is my friend Dave Falkowski’s stand from his farm Open Minded Organics in Bridgehampton.

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