The new Edible Long Island is one of 75 place-based publications. We know you already dig (and dig into) Edible Manhattan, Edible Brooklyn, Edible Queens, and Edible East End — now, we’ve covered the fertile territory in between.
Fertile, you question? Oh yes. While some of you might think of western LI all the way to Riverhead as one big strip mall, think again. Not only is that split-forked island a bumper crop of farming history — from the original 13 tribes of Algonquin Native Americans to the European settlers who brought their own farming know-how that translated into lineage that lasted through today — there’s quite a bit of it still going on. If you know where to look. And we do.
From a 200-year-old, sustainable Smithtown farm that not only raises heritage life forms like Kathadin lambs, but also is working to cultivate a dense Long Island-centric landscape full of native plants and insects; to the grandpappy of DIY gatherings — a 34-year-old pickle festival in Greenlawn; to a Suffolk County university’s ample rooftop garden; to the post-Sandy rebirth of Freeport’s Nautical Mile, there’s quite a bounty to behold here. The kind that may well lure you beyond our e-pages to find a happy distraction off the LIE instead of just zipping on through.
Welcome, Edible Long Island — although, truly, you were always there waiting, weren’t you? Come check out our first issue here.