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Eat Local: Where To Find The Pick Of The Crop

You don’t have to go far to

get locally produced delights

You don’t have to travel to the Hamptons or North Fork to find farm-fresh produce and homemade goodies. Look no farther than your own backyard — the North Shore has a budding presence in the farmer’s market scene. Here, the hoe down on where to get just-picked produce and fresh-to-the-table food on the North Shore.

Rottkamp Bros. Farm

McCouns Lane, Glen Head


Season: Late June to day before Thanksgiving

Located on a dirt-paved off-the-beaten path, but just a peach’s throw from Glen Cove Road, Rottkamp’s is, hands down, the best-kept secret on the North Shore. A true working farm, expect to see tractors and farmers picking the crops. You’ll pick the perfect ear of corn, stalk of garlic and juicy tomatoes inside the no-frills, barn-like structure set up with piles of veggies and fruits on rows of long tables. Fresh-cut flowers are also sold (check out the gigantic sunflowers that stretch toward the sun in the fields) but, for the most part, this farm is the real deal — not kitsch, simply fresh produce — and you wouldn’t want it any other way.

Youngs Farm

Hegman’s Lane, Glen Head

Season: Year-round, Tuesday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday 11a.m. to 4 p.m.

Fresh fruit and vegetables (lettuce, beets, cucumbers and lots more) are grown and sold in the summer months at this darling farm stand. But all year-round, Youngs sells home-baked country pies and cookies, fresh soups and jams and jellies. And. if you need the perfect housewarming or hostess gift, the farm has a whimsical collection of house ware goods, too.

Armstrong Farm

20 Peacock Lane, Lattingtown

Locals know that if they want fresh, cage-free, free-range eggs they go to the eight-acre Armstrong Farm where, in the summer months, Eddie Armstrong’s 300 chickens produce 30 dozen eggs a day. Many of Eddie’s adorable chickens hail from the Amish country and roam his farm that dates to 1939. The best part: The eggs are in a refrigerator and the honor system is the way it works. Eddie is a good egg.

Farmer’s Markets have become popular on the North Shore in recent years. Here is a sampling of some of the best of them:

Locust Valley Farmer’s Market

Forest Avenue (across from the Post Office)

Season: Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., June through Thanksgiving

Member of the Long Island Grower’s Market

A small, intimate Farmer’s Market that’s one-stop shopping for veggies, fruit, cut flowers, also organic produce, baked goods, jams and jellies.

Port Washington Town Dock


Season: Saturdays 8 a.m. to noon, June through October

It’s all about fresh food that’s grown or made on Long Island and caught off-shore, too, at this 100-percent organic market — the only one in New York.

Roslyn/North Hills

Christopher Morley Park (Searingtown Road)

Season: Wednesdays, 7 a.m. to 1 p.m., June through November

Member of the Long Island Grower’s Market

Everything you need for a moveable feast is here, including fresh vegetables and fruits, olive oils, homemade soups, artisan breads, jams and honey, fresh roasted coffee, pickles, pasta and sauces, seafood, homemade granola bars, spices, smoked meats, plants, homemade soaps and even doggie treats.

Horman’s Best Pickles

36 Garvies Point Rd., Glen Cove

You’ve got all the items you need for the perfect summer picnic — perhaps for a beach outing or outdoor evening concert. The only thing missing: a fantastic, crunchy pickle. Lucky you, Horman’s Best Pickles is located right in your backyard in Glen Cove. Owned by philosopher Nick Horman (the company motto is “the unexamined pickle is not worth eating”), you can find the pickles at farmer’s markets, including the weekly market at Christopher Morley Park. The pickles are also available for purchase at North Shore Farms in Glen Cove and Grace’s Marketplace in Greenvale, or buy them where they’re made (contact Horman first through his website to make sure someone will be on site to assist you).