Thursday, June 10, 2010

Barb's Veggies - Rt. 25, Long Island's North Fork

 When you get beyond Riverhead, driving along the North Fork of Long Island, you pass numerous vineyards and farm stands between little towns such as Aquebogue, Cutchogue and Mattituck. Great is the temptation to stop at any or all of these during the warm months and check out their sumptuous local produce. But beware - not all are sincere - nor even totally local. We became aware of this on a pumpkin picking excursion one year. Yes, we were searching for, "the most sincere pumpkin patch." Those that boasted Corn Mazes and Haunted Houses were to be avoided. They were essentially tourist traps for people with little kids that needed entertainment. Fortunately, all our little kid wanted to do was find an exceptional pumpkin. So after a few run-ins with these insincerities, we were attracted by a humble little stand on the side of the road with no gigantic Halloween decorations - just vegetables, and an impressive line up of pumpkins. Behind it stretched the empty furrows from whence they came. Delighted, we chose just the right pumpkins at just the right prices, along with some sweet corn and other succulent items, and the friendly owners helped us without a lot of unnecessary gab.

Now, child all grown up, we still make it a point to stop there in the summer for melons, berries, lettuce, squash, corn or whatever else entices. No home-made pies, no pots of chowder, just fresh, homegrown produce. Amen. 

Evaluation: Very Sincere

Located between Pindar Vineyards and the Southold Police Department after the town of Cutchogue, on the left, heading south (or the east side of the road).

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