The Bridgehampton Farmers Market is set up on the campus of the Hayground School in Bridgehampton, NY. Students from the culinary arts program participate in the market, selling freshly made pizza and vegetables. Visitors to the market are apt to spot flying trapeze artists as they drive in. The school, which becomes a day camp during the summer, rents space to The Trapeze Experience, a professional circus arts training company. The market supports the efforts of the Edible Schoolyard movement, which promotes organic gardening, nutrition and food creation as part of an educational curriculum.
Holly Leber is a writer and editor based in Silver Spring, Md. When she’s not hunting for stories, she can be found going on produce-related shopping sprees, making jam, wine tasting and reading 1930’s Nancy Drew. Holly is the editorial director of The Daily Do Good.
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At Old School Favorites (or should that be "Favoritezs"?), the letter Z is king. The Southhampton-based business proudly sells maple walnut "nutsz" and chocolate "szauce." With a bit of North Fork sea salt, and even a cayenne version, the z must be for "zing."
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Marmalades, jams and chutneys from Josephine's Feast are made with locally grown and foraged fruits, and slow-cooked in copper pots. The hand-foraged Wild Beach Plum Preserves, made from fruit that grows wild among the dunes of the Atlantic, won a 2013 Good Food Award.
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Colorful zinnias from Pierpont Blossom Farm will brighten up any home.
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Bottles of wine from Wolffer Estate Vineyard. In the foreground, Summer in a Bottle white, a mix of Chardonnay, Gewurztraminer, Riesling and Pinot Gris, with a lovely floral label.
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A margherita pizza, fresh out of the charcoal grill oven, is cut.
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The sign from the Hayground Garden cart reads: No dirt, no food. No food, no trees. No trees, no breath. No breath, no life. No life, no Earth.
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Students and parents from Hayground School, where the market is set, take part as well.
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The Ludlow family has been farming on the same land in Mecox Bay since 1875. Pete Ludlow, proprietor of Mecox Bay Dairy, creates raw milk cheese from grass-fed Jersey cows. In 2014, Mecox Bay Dairy joined with Amber Waves Farms in Amagansett to create a cheese share as part of Amber Waves's community supported agriculture program.
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Southhampton Soap Co. products are referred to as "food for the skin." Made especially for persons with sensitive skin, the vegetable-based products are 99 percent vegan, and are never tested on animals – except the Shampoo Bar for Dogs.
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An advantage of a farmers market on the South Fork? Fresh caught seafood. These lobsters from Merken Fisheries in Hampton Bays are begging for a side of sweetcorn and some potatoes.