Daily Bee: We Got Your Fresh Blueberries Here. Runners, Unite! Plus, Crocus


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Good day! We have a spring theme today, as evidenced by the luscious blueberries pictured above. Yum. Those aren’t just any blueberries, of course — these are the delightful fruits grown at Amagansett’s Balsam Farms, one of the many Hamptons CSAs that could turn even the most processed-foods-loving curmudgeon into a crunchy-granola localvore.

That brings us to our news: It is now CSA application season, which is something like a National Public Radio pledge drive, but with much less annoying brow-beating (and unfortunately, no free subscriptions to “The New Yorker”). Basically, all the CSAs want you to join now (and pay upfront), so they can get the money they need to invest in their farms for the season. Makes perfect business sense to us.

Aside from Balsam Farms, there’s also Quail Hill, run by the Peconic Land Trust, and Amber Waves, both in Amagansett. Or type your zip code into LocalHarvest’s useful CSA search tool. In terms of the CSA model, all offer various forms of shares (it ain’t cheap: full season ones for families generally range around $800-$900…this is the Hamptons, people) and some offer fruit, bread and cheese to the mix of organic greens and vegetables. Not to mention sunflowers. And pies from Briermere farms!

Here are links to Balsam Farms’ application, as well as Quail Hill and Amber Waves.

How far do I have to run again?

Answer: 6.2 miles. Shelter Island 10k organizers say spring training (not just spring) starts in 20 days for this year’s race, to be held on Saturday, June 18, at 5:30 p.m. The race, now in its 37th year, attracts everyone from the great elites like Meb Keflezighi, to the less-than-stellar participants killing time before their next Boardy Barn boozefest, to everyone in between. Register here. And if you’re up for running the Hamptons Marathon this year, please note that it has decided to “take its talents,” as they say, to Southampton, much to the chagrin of Project Most, the East Hampton organization that previously benefitted from the Springs race. Register here for the Oct. 1 race. Or protest that life is unfair. Up to you.

Speaking of green…

Back by popular demand, there will be another terrarium workshop (yes, you read that right) at Jamesport Vineyards on Friday, March 11, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., sponsored by East Quogue florist Roses & Rice. For the uninformed, a terrarium looks like this…  Later this spring, the first-ever Time for Teens Golf Tournament will be held at Sebonack Golf Club — designed by Jack Nicklaus and architect Tom Doak — in Southampton. The May 5 event benefits Time for Teens, a nonprofit that helps teens dealing with bereavement… And the Hampton Ballet Theatre School is on its toes, ready to premiere the ballet “Coppelia” the weekend of April 8-10 at Guild Hall in East Hampton. The production is rumored to be a “springtime comedic delight.” Tickets here.

Social Media Quote of the Day

“Spring, is that you?” — Hamptons Handpoured candle company, posting this lovely photo (we think it’s crocus) to Facebook.

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