The legendary Round Swamp Farm of East Hampton (and Bridgehampton, and, now, Montauk) is all anyone ever talks about when you move to the Hamptons and are looking to source a good pie. Round Swamp, they sigh, drawing the letters out. You don’t need to know much more about what you’re getting. You can see it all in the telling of the story.
Their pies are good, that’s true. The crumb toppings? You could eat them from a bowl with a spoon. But actually, the first time my now-husband and I ever discussed Round Swamp, we were talking about the hockey puck–size crab cakes.
The point is this: Round Swamp occupies hallowed ground in these parts. Their prepared foods remind us of the constant temptation to just phone it in and let a reliable friend take over the work of dinner for the evening.
The 50-plus-year history of Round Swamp Farm traces the life of Carolyn Lester Snyder and her father, Albert Lester. Generations later, the family continues to own and operate the same farm. The 16-acre plot of land behind the Three Mile Harbor farm stand is farmed by Charlie Niggles and his son, Steven. The fruits (and vegetables) of their labor are sold just inside. Because the Lester Farm has been farmed on for more than 9 generations and has stayed within the same family for over 200 years, it is a New York Agricultural Society-recognized Bicentennial Farm.
The other point is this: Not all great things Out East end with summer. Round Swamp Farm’s East Hampton Market’s fall hours are Thursday through Saturday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday, 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. The Bridgehampton and Montauk markets are open Thursday through Saturday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Read more about Round Swamp Farm in our archives here.