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Open Minded Organics is fondly known as Long Island's Mushroom Company, so labeled for a wide offering of fresh and dried mushrooms, as well as mushroom tinctures. But OMO is not limited to fungi alone. Seasonal vegetables, including peppers, eggplants, and multiple varieties of tomatoes, abound.
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Brooklyn-based Papa Pasquale's Ravioli and Pasta Co. was founded in 1943 by Pasquale Lorina, a Sicilian immigrant, who built a business off his grandmother's ravioli recipe. His family continues the legacy – and has expanded the repertoire – including the famous "5 Cheese" ravioli, and this squid ink fettucine.
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Let's be honest: A bar called "Nut Punch" is just funny. But TerraNut products are good for more than an America's Funniest Videos-inspired montage: The cold-pressed superfood bars are raw, vegan and gluten-free. Created by sisters Samantha and Alessandra Bifulco, the Nut Punch bar contains five types of nuts, chia and flax seed, spirulina, stevia leaf, cane sugar and quinoa.
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Lulu Knits was born on a train, the "lemonade" created out of a five-hour (!) daily commute behind New York City and Westhampton Beach. Now, having left life on the Long Island Railroad behind, Lulu creates original and custom knit baby clothes. The "I'm New" infant hat is a bestseller.
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Carissa Waechter spent a decade working for pastry chefs like David Burke and Daniel Boulud before moving to the East End and launching Carissa's Breads. She collaborates with other local farmers and food-creators to bring gorgeous breads, like this salty sour pickled rye, made with locally grown rye flour and pickle brine, to life. It's a reminder that gluten is next to godliness.
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Dog lovers Margaret and Bruce McDonough are dedicated to creating healthy, natural food for pets. Talk Treats to Me products are simple: Dehydrated, USDA-approved meat. Pig ears from Pennsylvania are an extra-special treat for canine visitors to the market.
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Harvest Homestead, which houses Dutch's Spirits, boasts a rich history that has won it a place in the New York State Archaeological Inventory as a Bootleg Era Complex, as well as standing in the New York State Historic Preservation's State and National Registry of Historic Places. Sugar Wash Moonshine is made from fermented and distilled cane sugar.
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Health coach Nadia Ernestus is at the creator of Hamptons Brine, handmade sauerkraut and kvass. Kvass is a Slavic probiotic beverage traditionally made from fermented bread. Ernestus makes a raw sauerkraut kvass (think along the lines of pickleback shots). Hamptons Brine was named a Local Hero in the food/beverage artisan category by Edible East End.
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In 2010, the Davis family celebrated 100 years of growing peaches on Long Island. Davis Peach Farm owner Dave Davis has been farming full-time since he was a kid, eventually co-running the farm with his mother after his father's death in 1948, all while completing high school. Once a vegetable and chicken farm, the younger Davis eventually decided to focus on peaches and other stone fruit.