Winter Farmers’ Markets Open in Riverhead and Bridgehampton

January 13, 2014 in Past Events

Riverhead’s  a new, weekly indoor market will on Saturday, February 1, between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.. at the former Swezey’s, 117 East Main Street, across the street from Suffolk Theater.

Holly Browder of Browder’s Birds in Southold, who is helping organize the market, reports that 35 East End purveyors have already signed up to offer up local goods. A Taste of the North Fork, Long Island Livestock Co., Goodale Farms, Carissa Breads, Merkin Fisheries and the Southampton Soap Company are among the vendors. Only locally produced products and food are permitted.

The market will run through May 17, and vendors are still being recruited.  Click here for a registration form.

Topping Rose House Restaurant and Inn in Bridgehampton is also hosting a winter farmers market on a monthly basis in its Barn event space. The next market will be held on February 15, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., and it will continue every third Saturday from 11 a.m.–2 p.m. for the duration of the season.


LI Agricultural Forum January 16-17, 2014

January 13, 2014 in Past Events

The Long Island Agricultural Forum (Ag Forum) returns for its 33rd year to Suffolk County Community College’s Eastern Campus in Riverhead on Thursday and Friday, January 16th and 17th.

This two-day conference will include topics focusing on the interests of Long Island’s agricultural and horticultural industries. All growers and dealers in these industries are encouraged to attend. The Forum provides the opportunity to keep up-to-date on the latest issues and technology, as well as to accrue important pesticide recertification credits. Registration is $45/person. For more information or a registration form, call Linda Holm at 631-727-7850, ext 341, or visit for the complete schedule.

Schools Gardens To Host Benefits

January 11, 2014 in Past Events

 “Souper Bowls”: Second Annual North Fork Benefit,

Sunday, March 2 at the Greenport School Cafeteria, Noon to 3 pm.
Admission $10 for adults and $5 for children
Bring your bowl and spoon, sample as many luscious soups as you’d like provided by local restaurants.

Music by Second Hands. Arts and crafts.

Proceeds to be shared by Greenport and Southold School Gardens

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spring seedlings






Gerry Hayden Fundraiser Event: Sunday Feb. 23, 2014, 4:30pm-7pm

January 11, 2014 in Past Events

gerry haden videoSOLD OUT! The Gerry Hayden Tasting Event at Kontokosta Winery has reached maximum capacity and we have stopped taking reservations. The support for Gerry has been overwhelming. Thank you for your interest in attending this event. If you would like to make a donation that will go directly to help provide for Gerry’s quality of life care, you may do so by clicking here.

If you would like to make a DONATION that will go directly to help provide for Gerry’s quality of life care, you may do so by clicking here.

We hope to see you at a future Slow Food East End event.

Celebrate Chef Gerry Hayden & The North Fork Table and Inn at a very special tasting event at Kontokosta Winery, 825 North Road (Route 25), Greenport, NY.

Kontokosta Winery, Slow Food East End and notable East End Chefs come together to honor Gerry Hayden’s exceptional culinary accomplishments, his ongoing commitment to nurturing our local, sustainable farm culture and his many efforts to promote education and awareness about the good food movement. Learn more about Chef Hayden as he speaks openly and eloquently about his life-long passion for good food and his ongoing fight against ALS. Money raised will help provide for his quality of life care.


Kontokosta Winery is the North Fork’s first tasting room and winery with a waterfront location on the Long Island Sound.

32nd Annual Organic Farming & Gardening Conference, January 24-26, 2014

January 8, 2014 in Past Events

Join NOFA for its annual, one of the largest sustainable agriculture conferences in the East.  The conference strives to inspire, inform, and provide an unparalleled opportunity for networking and for reciprocal teaching and learning.
More than 80 workshops are offerend as well as a special children’s conference, entertainment, and the most delicious meals made from food donated by NOFA farmers. Whether you’re a beginning or experienced farmer, organic gardener, dedicated homesteader, or food advocate, there’s something for you.
Location: Saratoga Hilton & City Center, Saratoga Springs, NY  
Receive a $10 discount when you register by Dec. 13th.
To register online, click here or call 585-271-1979 x509 Monday-Friday between 9am and 5pm to register.

Edible School Garden News

January 8, 2014 in Past Events

Vitamix Machines for School Garden Programs Thanks to the amazing Stefanie Saks, Vitamix has agreed to supply Edible School Gardens with re-furbished Vitamix machines. The Springs Seedlings Project has already received one for their Food Justice and after school programs.  In order to receive a Vitamix, schools must submit a description of their school garden program and how it is incorporated into the school curriculum.  You can see the materials that were supplied by Springs Seedlings as an example of what was accepted by clicking here. (It is not in perfect form but should be good enough!)  Please send completed forms to Judiann Carmack-Fayyaz at with the subject line “VITAMIX” and she will forward them to Stefanie.

Ghana, Africa Inquires About Our School Gardens The Edible School Garden Group has been contacted by a school garden in Ghana, Africa, which found the East End through the group’, maintained by Megan Schmidt. They were very impressed with our programs and wanted to collaborate with us.  It would be great for students from both countries to Skype and/or communicate. This is of great interest to them. The Edible School Garden Group is looking for someone in the group who would like to further investigate how they might be able to help this garden as we did with the “Wings Over Haiti Garden”.

Harvesting Opportunities in New York Conference November 20 at Albany Hilton

November 14, 2013 in Past Events

The American Farmland Trust is hosting its second annul Harvesting Opportunities in New York Conference on November 20 at the Albany, NY Hilton. Interest in the growth of local farm and food economies has never been higher yet New York continues to lose thousands of acres of farmland to real estate development each year. Over the last 25 years, nearly half a million acres of farmland, the equivalent of 4,500 farms, has been lost to housing developments,  shopping malls and big box stores. In fact, over 80 percent of the fruits, vegetables and dairy products produced in New York are grown near urban areas and lie directly in the path of sprawling development.

But, this situation is changing.  People across New York are hard at work supporting local farms and saving local farmland. Townspeople are hammering out zoning regulations that steer development away from the best farmland and don’t inhibit entrepreneurial farmers. More colleges, senior centers and other community institutions are seeking out locally grown food.  And, land trusts, private landowners and others are making land available to young farmers, immigrants, veterans and other farmers looking to expand their farm businesses.

For people who care about New York agriculture and want to work together to grow local food economies, protect farmland from development and support the next generation of farmers. Conference participants will include: farmers, public officials from all levels of government, land trusts, local foods and public health leaders, hunger relief advocates, institutional food-service managers, agricultural organizations and concerned citizens.

Conference Tracks Include:

  1. Buy Local
  2. Save Farms in Your Community
  3. Spread the Word
  4. Farmland for the Next Generation of Farmers

The 2013 conference features 12 concurrent workshops as well as a morning and lunchtime program. A Cider Doughnut Continental Breakfast will jump-start the day and a lunch will be Thanksgiving—Locally Grown!

Discounted registration is available to beginning farmers and students. For information or to register call (518) 581-0078 or email To learn more and register, click here.

Edible School Garden Group Meeting

November 14, 2013 in Past Events

Tuesday, February 25, 4 pm

Hayground School

Seed exchange will take place at this meeting.

Potluck Supper Celebrates Cinco de Mayo

November 14, 2013 in Past Events

Slow Food board member Linda Slezak and her husband Jim will host the next potluck supper at their home in Hampton Bays. Participants are urged to bring Mexican or Mexican-inspired food and to enhance the celebration with Mexican dress if they’d like.

Please bring a dish to share that serves 6-8 (or more) and try to keep it as local as possible. Hosts will provide mojitos and Coronas but you are also encouraged to please bring your favorite beverage.

Date:  Sunday, May 4, 2014
Time:  5:00 pm
RSVP: 631-659-3222 or
Cost:  $15 per person for members of Slow Food East End. $20 per person for non-members – or join and we’ll cut you a deal at the $15 rate. 

All proceeds from the dinner will be used for Edible School Garden programs.

Since space is limited to 25 guests and reservations are on a first-come, first-served basis. Please reserve promptly – these events fill up fast.  You’ll be rewarded with an opportunity to taste some of the best foods made by some of the best cooks on the East End.

Meet Our New Leaders

October 31, 2013 in Past Events

Two new Leaders joined the Board of Slow Food East End as a result of elections held by members in October. Here are the bios they provided us with at that time.

M. Pierre Friedrichs, East Hampton

Slow Food Experience: I have been a member of Slow Food East End for the past three years with a recent emphasis on helping organize the annual event for the Josh Levine Memorial Foundation Fund, which benefits the Edible School Garden Group. Three years ago I organized, planned, promoted and executed a potluck lunch, tour and fundraiser at Mecox Bay Dairy.

I grew up on Millbank Farms, an 80-acre farm outside of New Orleans that has been in my family for 130 years where we raised our own livestock, poultry and vegetables. Most of the food my family ate was raised at Mill Bank Farms — “we always knew who we were eating.”

My career has been focused on food retailing — as a corporate caterer at Rockefeller Center, restaurant owner and front of house manager, independent caterer and private chef. I am a chef and farmer — engaged in many aspects of local farming, food and community. The past two summers I have served as a private chef for families on the East End incorporating not only products from my own farm, but those from many local growers and purveyors. We are so fortunate to live in a region where we have an abundance of farmers, food producers, fishermen/women, and vintners etc. who embrace the tenets of Slow Food.


Megan Schmidt, Sag Harbor

Slow Food Experience: Since moving to the East End, I have connected with people who see food and cooking the way I do through Slow Food East End.As a leader, I will do my part in keeping the momentum of Slow Food — the conversation, the implementation — strong and beneficial to the entire community. I am a board member of the Edible School Gardens group, co-founder of the Edible School Garden at The Child Development Center of the Hamptons in Wainscott; and a leader of the volunteer food-awareness group, Peconic Harvest.

In 2000, while living on the island of Maui, my family joined its first CSA program. As a city kid who took for granted where my food came from, living next to an onion farm and getting a weekly produce box, completely changed how I saw food, land and our relationship with it.

I am a health-conscious home cook, mother, food advocate and owner of The Good Farm Delivery, a “hyper” local food service for the South Fork that is currently winding down its first season. A year-round resident of the East End for 11 years, I have dedicated myself to supporting local food systems with my new company and promoting healthy food choices and conversation with my blog, The Good Bowl (

I hold a BA in Art History from Trinity College, and when not delivering local food, I freelance as a design and marketing consultant. A native New Yorker, I currently reside in Sag Harbor with my husband, Marc, and our young daughter.