Local News Roundup: Java Nation Closes, Whole Foods Coming and Farmers Already Feel Drought

The self-serve seafood stand in Amagansett is popular, but also in dispute. Courtesy of Newsday.

They say all politics is local. Which is probably why I pick up our local papers and see so many juicy food and drink stories that offer a glimpse of our ever shifting food community. In that vein, here’s a gleaning of Edible-relevant happenings from a few local papers.

From the Sag Harbor Express: Wine Camp has launched its new season, our neighbor Stephen Hamilton (whose home kitchen culture we featured a few years back) shares a vegetable soup recipe, and several Lesters file a suit against the state for confiscating seafood from their popular, community-supported roadside stand in Amagansett. And in a saga previous chronicled in the Express, Java Nation has officially closed, leaving Sag Harbor temporarily without a coffee shop. Java Nation is still roasting, and beans are on sale–with a new logo–at Cavaniola’s and elsewhere.

From the East Hampton Star: Whole Foods Market has confirmed it will open a pop-up market in Wainscott this summer featuring selected eats, including the many local products it now carries at its Long Island stores, like Blue Duck Bakery rye breads. The Seafood Shop in Wainscott added a new executive chef, Paul LaBue, who will emphasize fish-centric Indian, Asian, and Mediterranean flavors. And the Lightning Round (we were a part of the first installation) returned to the Parrish Art Museum with farmers, winemakers and chefs among the speakers, which included Marilee Foster‘s demonstration on how to scare birds with blow-up dolls and Star editor David Rattray’s demonstration that small town papers are far from dead.

From the Suffolk Times (via an interview with the editor on Peconic Public Broadcasting): There was a waiter race in Greenport in which Peconic Bay Wineries’ Melissa Danchalski took first place, and the recent brush fires in Manorville are already stoking concerns in the farming community about a dry growing season. Potato planting is underway across the Island.