August/September 2016: Grist for the Mill

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There’s something about this growing season, the 2016 vintage. We’ve had everything. We got almost no sun in March. Our April showers came in May, and then a heat spike was followed by breezy days in the beginning of June that felt like back-to-school weather. And we all know how hot it was in July with the kind of humidity that reminds me of my childhood and makes Californians wonder why we would ever want to live here.

But, this up and down weather has given us a growing season that seems to be bursting at the seams. Flowers I’ve never seen before are growing in my yard, and the wild grape vines are so robust it feels like living in a terrarium.

It’s a blast of change and growth and, as they always do, humans follow. We branch out and try new stuff. What’s really good is when we consider what we’ve left behind.

The collection of stories in this issue illustrates this evolution in the same way the faces of the sunflowers lining the roads follow the sun. Our favorite beekeeper is housing solitary bees; Sparkling Pointe is making brandy; a famous chef takes over a kitchen in Bridgehampton—have we really arrived, will the East End truly be year round?—new varieties of eggplant change a time-honored recipe, and a winemaker looks climate change squarely in the face.

The warming and erratic weather will affect our region and we will adapt. It’s part of growth and change and being human.

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Eileen M. Duffy, Editor

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