Daily Bee: We Can Taste the Tomatoes Now


Happy Thursday! As yet another reminder that spring is here, our friends at the East Hampton Star report that it’s officially CSA Application season. All of our favorite community-supported agriculture farms — like our traditional post-beach stop, Balsam Farms in Amagansett, pictured above — are accepting applications, and most have set April 1 as a deadline for first payment. Like all good businesses, the CSAs want the money upfront so they can pay for future plantings.

For whatever reason — perhaps its bucolic fields, or cool breezes from the nearby ocean — Amagansett is a hot bed for CSAs. Aside from Balsam Farms, there’s also Quail Hill, run by the Peconic Land Trust, and Amber Waves. In terms of the CSA model, all offer various forms of shares (full season ones for families generally range around $800-$900), and some offer fruit, bread and cheese to the mix of organic greens and vegetables.

Here are links to CSA applications/details at Balsam Farms, Quail Hill and Amber Waves. We look forward to a fruitful season, filled with rhubarb and raspberries.

Looking to get your hands dirty, even sooner? Quail Hill has put out a call to volunteers to get seeds started in its greenhouse, this Saturday March 28. Eager gardeners should arrive at 10 a.m.

And speaking of local farmers and producers…

The Peconic Land Trust has tweeted that its lecture series “Long Island Grown” at Bridge Gardens is SOLD OUT, dammit. (We added the expletive – we had wanted to go.) The talks, which started last month, have featured home-grown entrepreneurs like Jennifer Halsey of Milk Pail Farm, Roman Roth of Wolffer Estate Vineyard and Carissa Waechter of Carissa’s Breads. Upcoming talks this Sunday March 29 and April 19, for those lucky enough to have tickets, will focus on the themes of “the entree” and “the dessert.” *Sigh.

Stocking up for Passover

If your supplies of smoked fish are running low, the Amangansett IGA would be delighted to provide you more. The grocery store noted on social media that it has a full line for the upcoming holiday. No word on whether it’s kosher. This just in: It is kosher! Enjoy.

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