I just got back from Yaphank, about 30 minutes west of Southampton, where Cornell Cooperative Extension/Suffolk, Peconic Land Trust, Long Island Farm Bureau and others hosted the first annual "Grown on Long Island Day" -- a locavore showcase of the island's finest fruits, vegetables and flowers.
A festive environment, folks chomped on roasted corn and a group of kids sang along to "Old McDonald Had A Farm"...
People ate. There were fresh grilled burgers and hot dogs and lots of delicious looking salads made with veggies donated by local farms.
People shopped. Windy Acres Farms bi-color corn was so sweet and juicy -- no cooking or butter required-- I bought six ears. I also picked up some heirloom tomatoes and arugula micro greens, and two jars of homemade jam -- raspberry and mixed berry -- from Sunnyblue Preserves.
Children played. There were farm animals and antique tractors.
And, entrepreneur's showcased...
One Woman wine by North Fork's Claudia Purita
Sunnyblue jams by Carol Hammerle of Sayville
Rustic Roots Delivery (local and organic food delivered right to your door) by Jeff and Emer Moore of Jamesport
...and Davis Farms very peachy Sangria Mix.
Many of the vendors, donated some or all of their proceeds to Island Harvest, Long Island's largest hunger relief organization.
MORE FROM GROWN ON LONG ISLAND
Find a farmers market or farmstand near you....
Top 10 Ways to Be a Locavore!!!
1. Shop weekly at your local farmers market or farm stand
2. Join a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) to get weekly deliveries of the farm's harvest
3. Buy from local grocers and co-ops committed to stocking local food
4. Support restaurants and food vendors that buy locally produced food
5. Preserve food from the season, to eat later in the year.
6. Throw a "locally grown party" and serve all local food
7. Grow your own food in your yard or community plot
8. Visit local farmers and "u-picks"
9. Ask your grocer or favorite restaurant what local foods they carry
10. Visit the Long Island Farm Bureau website: www.lifb.com