We have a special place in our heart for the Milk Pail orchard and farm stand in Watermill. Because in the depths of winter, when most other farmers have decamped for warmer locales, the Halseys who run the Milk Pail are still open, selling Fujis, Gold Rush, Braeburn and a few other varieties that keep their crunch nearly until spring. In addition, to the apples and apple products (cider, apple sauce, doughnuts), which we featured in a show for NY1, the Milk Pail’s entrepreneurial family has curated an impressive list of other edibles, from their new crop of Asian pears to a long list of small-batch granolas, ice cream, preserves and more from Brooklyn, Long Island and beyond. Here are at least 15 reasons to visit, beyond the apples.
1. Lorna’s Nuts, East Hampton
2. Next Organics, Plattsburgh, NY
3. Laughing Moon Chocolates, Stowe, VT
4. BAKED Granola, Brooklyn, NY
5. Brad’s Raw Chips, Pipersville, PA
6. Milk from Ronnybrook Farm, Ancramdale, NY
7. Steve’s Strawberry Ricotta Ice Cream, Brooklyn, NY
8. Salsa from the Brooklyn Salsa Company, Brooklyn, NY
9. Kenyar Old World Artisan Breads, Bohemia, NY
10. Southampton Soap Company, Southampton, NY
11. Hampton Coffee Company has created Milk Pail Fresh Market Blend
12. Cream-Nut Natural Peanut Butter, Grand Rapids, MI
13. Bibbis Baked Goods made by Amy Halsey’s childhood babysitter, Bridgehampton, NY
14. Honey from East End Apiaries, Southampton, NY
15. Arlotta Food Studio olive oil and tapenade. This bicoastal family grows and presses olives in California, but sells only at East End at farmers markets.