It’s hard not to get frustrated when it’s raining on the weekends, especially since it rained all spring, and snowed all winter. Wine tasting is a good activity for grey weather, but so is visiting a farm stand you’ve never been to.
If you’re closer to the western end of the East End, visit Early Girl Farm in East Moriches. You’ll have to pull off Montauk Highway in Eastport and drive through neighborhoods and past creeks to reach it at 72 Woodlawn Avenue.
The farm is hand-tended by Patty Gentry, a former chef on the East End and at the Ross School. Expect to find greens and beans you’ve never heard of before, and get there early, because all the East End chefs already know she’s there using organic practices and always trying new varieties.
Watch out for the chickens raised by Patty’s landlord Sue Drake, who runs Hart’s Cove Farm just behind Early Girl, where she specializes in eggs, herbs and dried tea and pet Kune Kune pigs.
The piglets from the last litter were just shipped to new homes all over the U.S., where they’ll live as pets. They were pretty cute.