These first fall days have been breathtaking–Long Island winemakers in the midst of harvest are particularly psyched. But the season-shift does bring certain wistfulness–fewer tomatoes hang on the vine, summer squash makes way for pumpkins, and things go to seed. Which is why you must see “The Dandelion Clock,” on view at Silas Marder Gallery through this Sunday, September 30.
Edible readers are no sustainability strangers. We chronicle winemakers boosting the ecological and social impact of their grape growing, and explain why oyster farming can clean up the bays. Eating and drinking local has all sorts of footprint-shrinking benefits. But now Canio’s Cultural Cafe in Sag Harbor is challenging us to look within our own homes and lives and “change one habit for the planet.”
Earlybirds at LongHouse Reserve build fires, chop veggies and heft a 200-pound heritage pig onto a spit. Or at least that’s what I did, with grass still dewy and before my first cuppa Joe. It was a wakeup call for the exhilarating, and devastating, conclusions of this anti-conference gathering: the digital space is dumbing down food writing, HTML5 isn’t the holy grail, and most food blogs will never make a single dime.
This Friday, Stephen and I hit the road for Longhouse Revivial, a Hudson Valley gathering of food writers and food interested folks, timed for the start of apple pie and pig roast season. We will provision ourselves along the way (Tuthilltown Spirits, coffee in Hudson, varietal apple cider), and hope for the same mind-opening adventure that drew folks to Yasgur’s farm nearly a half-century ago: Got to get back to the land and set my soul free.
Our reduced subscription prices–an effort to help stimulate the economy (and your appetite)–have been so popular this summer that we are extending the deal for one more week, until September 16. What’s more, all subscribers get a discount code for all Edible events, including our October 17 travel tasting, Edible Escape. Buy two tickets and you’ve basically saved more than the cost of your subscription.
Looking for ideas as we transition from high summer pickings into fall abundance? Check out our new video series, shot at farmers markets, farm…
When Edible East End invited Senator Kirsten Gillibrand to visit Quail Hill Farm last week for a meet-and-greet over cobbler and coffee during national convention season, resident farmer Scott Chaskey noted, to adoring smiles, that “Never would we have guessed that a Senator was interested in CSAs.” The Senator’s visit was full of inspiring surprises, and demonstrated her fearlessness on hot-potato issues, from the 2012 Farm Bill to “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell.” “You’re like The Who in a hotel,” said Jon Stewart when the Senator was on the The Daily Show last winter. “Wrecking the joint.”
“Let there be beaches, let there be barbecues, let us lay our blankets out on the grass in Prospect Park,” declares Brooklyn Brewery’s precocious and indefatigable brewmaster Garrett Oliver. We are taking his words as inspiration for what to drink and how to enjoy this holiday weekend.
While many of the East End’s golf courses–there are more than 50 in all–offer water views, bay-scented air and sand-traps flecked with fragrant (and edible) beach roses, there are only a few that go out of their way to feature Long Island cuisine worth telling your caddy about. Edible visited seven of these courses for our High Summer issue and were pleased to find extensive local wine lists, farm-to-table cocktails and breakfasts, lunches and dinners that would draw any locavore to the links.
Many Edible readers joined us last August when Senator Kirsten Gillibrand told the rapt (and packed) barn at Quail Hill Farm why she’d like to see more veterans getting into the food business, how New York can help reform the Farm Bill and what she loves about CSAs. The Senator is returning next Sunday to meet and greet locals.
As a livestock resurgence sweeps the East End, and villages from Riverhead to Sag Harbor adjust zoning to allow for backyard flocks, we were excited to see Chef Roy Wohlars of South Edison, already known for his fried chicken and poached eggs, getting in on the game.
The second annual countywide farmers market, Grown on Long Island Day, will be held at the Suffolk County Farm and Education Center at 350 Yaphank…