Written by Denise Nash Friday, 09 October 2009 00:00The Long Island Farm Bureau (LIFB) is promoting locally grown produce and local farm stands that sell it. Local residents have two nearby options with farm stands located in Old Brookville and Woodbury.
Youngs Farmstand is located on Hegeman’s Lane in Old Brookville (626-3955). They offer locally grown products including corn, tomatoes, squash, peaches, strawberries, raspberries, beans, peppers, homemade pies, breads, soups, jams, chicken pot pie and also a country gift shop. They are open from February 14 through December 2 from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Tuesday – Saturday and 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. on Sundays.
Meyer’s Plant and Produce Farms is located at 146 Piquets Lane in Woodbury (364-1777). They are open seven days a week from 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. from April through December and offer different products in different seasons. The fall season features all homegrown pumpkins, gourds, straw, cornstalks, mums and squash. Winter features Christmas trees, (live and fresh cut) wreaths, roping, grave blankets, kissing balls and fresh greens.
In Nassau and Suffolk counties, LIFB is the voice of Long Island agriculture and represents the horticultural and produce growers on Long Island. There are currently 650 farm and horticultural operations on Long Island. Their collective goal is to protect and strengthen the nation’s agricultural industry.
According to the LIFB, the first nurseries in the new land that would become the U.S.A. were located on Long Island. The first large commercial nursery, Prince’s Nursery, was established in Flushing in central Queens County, which was then a robust farming community, and provided fruit trees, seed, flowers, shrubs, and other Old World and New World flora all along the Atlantic seaboard.