Eat Fresh

BY Suzanne Zuppello | July 13, 2017 | Feature Features

Summer in the Hamptons means more than long days by the pool or at the beach and well-fed nights at Nick & Toni's. Long Island's storied past is well-represented in the East End's bountiful farmland, making summer meals the most colorful and flavorful ones yet. Here are a few choice farms ready to fill your baskets—and your plates—with fresh, seasonal produce.
Balsam Farms offers fresh herbs and produce.

Balsam Farms, in Amagansett, was founded in 2003 after Alex Balsam’s childhood love affair with old tractors. He grew from farming a 1-acre plot at age 13 to managing approximately 90 acres in Amagansett and Sagaponack. The farm sells its wares, including red beets and bok choy, pesto, pickles, fresh-baked breads from Carissa’s Breads and more at its Farm Stand, the summerlong Community Supported Agriculture program and the Montauk, East Hampton, and Springs farmers markets. Recipes are available at the stand, in your CSA pickup and online. Farm Stand: 284 Town Lane, Amagansett

Sometimes called the “best-kept secret in the Hamptons,” Country Garden in Water Mill is a substantial farm stand open daily from May through November. In addition to selling fresh produce, it offers prepared goods, such as guacamole, dressings and marinades; fresh flowers; and, come fall, pumpkins. The farm stand is simple, no-frills and a favorite of locals and sightseers alike. 35 Millstone Road

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