Sunday, September 28, 2008

Garlic Garlic and more Garlic...

Sassy, our English Cocker Spaniel and I drove up to Riverhead to the annual Garlic Festival at the Garden of Eve Farm. A certified organic farm, GofEF is hosted their fifth annual garlic festival weekend with garlic and other local products, recipe contests, crafts, a farm tour and music.

Garden of Eve Farm
4558 Sound Ave
Riverhead, NY 11901
(631) 722-8777

I had the opportunity to spend quite a while talking to Joan Bernstein and her friend who were selling locally made jams and jellies both sweet and savory. I was thrilled to see the very rare beach plum jam and bought a jar for my mother. Growing up, Mom and I used to gather wild beach plums at Gilgo Beach and make jam every summer. I bought two savory jams to go with a duck hors d'oeuvres that I was planning for a big party I'm hosting on October 19th (another lighthearted locavore event in the making). 

Paumanok Preserves
Joan Bernstein
PO Box 632, Center Moriches, NY 11934
Phone (631) 878-0619
Check the site for product and ordering information

for my mother: East End Beach Plum Jam made from beach plums which are a bi-ennial plant that's native to Long Island (and Cape Cod). 

for the party on October 19th: Duck Walk Vineyards Pinot Meunier Wine Jelly (red) - I plan to serve this smeared on buttered crostinis with a piece of maple glazed Long Island duck.  I plan to top the duck with the Spiced Plum Jam which has a hint of cinnamon and allspice to dazzle the tongue. 

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