Father’s Day is around the corner, which means navigating the aisles of TJ Maxx for yet another tie and/or set of barbecue equipment that will likely go unused until next June. It’s the holiday of rote gifts for men who have everything.
What if you were able to gift the dad in your life with something a little less ordinary? If the way to a man’s heart is truly through his stomach, read on for a list of food-inspired, local gifts that are sure to brighten the day of every dad from Montauk to Moriches.
1. Make-Your-Own Bloody Mary
Nothing says I love you like this hangover cure in locavore form. Start with the excellent, jarred tomato base from Amagansett’s Balsam Farms (and be sure to pick up a bottle of their savory hot sauce while you’re at the farm stand, for extra kick). No Bloody is complete without the proper crunchy accouterments. For a better, gift-worthy Bloody, include a jar of pickled asparagus, made by Almond chef Jeremy Blutstein (from Marilee Foster’s spring stalks), for sale at Amber Waves’ Amagansett Farmers Market.
Balsam Farm Stand, 284 Town Lane, Amagansett, open 7 days, 9 am to 6 pm. 631.267.5635.
Amagansett Farmers Market, 367 Main Street, Amagansett, seasonal hours.
2. Montauk Bake-Off
Give dad permission to raid the cookie jar—just this once—with an homage to Montauk’s finest baked goods. Create your own sweet package using treats from two Montauk institutions: Gosman’s Fish Market and the Montauk Bake Shoppe. Gosman’s cookies are large, sincere, and no-nonsense; oatmeal raisin is peppered with giant raisins, and the chocolate chip peanut could probably cure world hunger. How do these measure up to the famous Montauk Bake Shoppe jelly croissant (a hybrid pain au chocolat and jelly donut and a true sign of American innovation)? Well, he will have to judge for himself. Jelly croissants sell out early in the day, so plan accordingly.
Gosman’s Fish Market, 484 W. Lake Drive, Montauk, open 7 days, 10 am to 6:30 pm. 631.668.5645.
Montauk Bake Shoppe, 29 The Plaza A, Montauk, open 7 days, 6 am to 8 pm. 631.668.2439.
3. Yo, Ho, Ho, and a Bottle of Rum
My dad was a Scotch drinker, I must confess, but even a creature of habit can be persuaded to try new things. Here on Eastern Long Island, we can now lay claim to our own rum, an aged sipping rum that blends fruit and spice. This dark rum, which you can find at Bridgehampton’s McNamara Liquors, needs no more than an ice cube or two and a rocks glass. Of course, no spirit(ed) gift would be complete without an accompanying drinking vessel. I’m in love with the rocks glasses from Hawkins New York’s “Simple Glassware” line, available at Water Mill retailer Fork + Rose.
McNamara Liquors, 2102 Montauk Highway, Bridgehampton, open 7 days, 9 am to 8 pm. 631.537.1230.
Fork + Rose, 670 Montauk Highway, Box 1258, Water Mill, open by appointment. 631.623.7845.
4. Build a Better Salad
Gift your dad the best Caprese salad Long Island has to offer. Water Mill’s inimitable Green Thumb Organic Farm has been completely organic since the 1970s. Pick up a purple basil plant, some of their homegrown hothouse tomatoes, and the fresh mozzarella delivered daily from Hampton Bays’ Scotto’s Pork Store. Feeling particularly thoughtful this year? Sagaponack’s Wölffer Estate produces their own rosé vinegar, a perfect substitute for the imported-from-Italy balsamic that we’re all so used to.
Green Thumb Organic Farm, 829 Montauk Highway, Water Mill, open 7 days, 8 am to 6 pm. 631.726.1900.
Wolffer Estate Vineyard, 139 Sagg Road, Sagaponack, open 7 days, 11 am to 6 pm. 631.537.5106.
5. Meat Lovers Unite
I’m not sure about you, but I prefer my gifts to arrived tied in butcher paper. Looking to please the carnivore in your life? Head over to Cromer’s Country Market on Noyac Road in Sag Harbor, where master butchers make their own juicy, spicy, pitch-perfect kielbasa and Andouille sausage in-house. Wrap your sausages up in twine, along with a bottle of Smokin’ Wolf BBQ sauce. Father’s Day never tasted so good.
Cromer’s Country Market, 3500 Noyac Road, Sag Harbor, open 7 days, 6:30 am to 7 pm. 631.725.9004.
Smokin’ Wolf BBQ, 199 Pantigo Road, East Hampton, open daily except Mondays, 11 am to 8 pm. 631.604.6470.