North Fork. Through the Lens.
A Quick Stop at the Farm Stand
Country View Farm Stand is located on the Main Road in Southold, just west of the North Fork Animal Hospital. For old-timers, it it the former Covey’s Farm Stand. Over the past few years, the Polak family has combined the former Barb’s Veggies (Main Road, Cutchogue) and this one into Country View II and Country View respectively. Family members run the farm and work the stands, with Country View produce grown by family members that are 4th generation farmers. Country View grows its own produce on 15 acres in Cuthogue and 5 acres here, other family member farms in Riverhead, and also sells produce from other local farmers. In addition, the Polak family sells some special food items, including a full line of their own baked goodies—breads, pies, cookies, donuts, cornbread, dessert loaves. Almost all the produce is either theirs or local, although as of last Friday, the peaches and strawberries were trucked in…. soon we’ll have our own. Last year they added ramps, and fiddlehead ferns—among other specialty produce, along with the usual fresh veggies, fruits, melons and berries. Other items from local purveyors include—eggs, fresh mozzarella, goat cheese from Goodale Farms, local honey, and duck breasts from Crescent Duck Farms. There are imported gourmet items such as prosciutto, dried Italian sausage, olives, olive oil, pastas— with one stop, you can easily put together an impromptu meal.
I just happened to stop there on my way home last Friday to pick up some greens. You know how that goes! Here you see the makings of Friday night’s dinner—only wanting the bottle of wine I opened to go with it. The pie is peach blueberry; the white ball front right is fresh mozzarella; the bread is hand made, crusty multi-grain; and the greens, mesclun and spinach, triple washed of course! And so it will be now through the harvest in the fall, with new fresh-picked veggies, tomatoes, fruit, berries, melons and corn getting ready to join the early summer rotation.
We saved the cornbread and strawberries to accompany yogurt for breakfast on Saturday.
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