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Organic Farmstand in East Islip, NY

169 Washington Street
East Islip,NY 11730

This is a great hidden farmstand (next to a small farm!) in East Islip. The heirloom tomatoes were hearty enough to to make a sandwich out of with nothing else (using great bread of course). I also recommend the broccolini if there's any left. The guy running it has been farming since he was a boy in Sicily. I need to get back on a Saturday or Sunday, because they have fresh pies and breads. It's open 7 days a week from 9 to 6.

http://www.organicstodayfarms.com

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  1. This is one of the great discoveries of Chowhound.com

    In the midst of a typical suburban subdivision, you feel like youv'e been transported to another world - a lush Sicilian organic farm. Everything's magically flavorful. The chard is unreal, and the broccolini is as luscious as fudge brownies. The pies and bread, done on a barbecue(!) are terrific.

    Awesome find, Paul!

    1. So funny, I was driving on Sunrise Highway Friday and saw a sign that said farmstand at exit 56. I was wracking my brain to think what and where it could be. If I knew it was this good, I would have dropped everything and stopped by. How much longer are they open?

      1. Not to be too hyperbolic, but this is mind-blowing! I stopped by today, and the sight is totally incongruous: you wind through some residential streets and there, at the end of the block, a farm!

        The baked goods (bread, at least, which what I'd asked specifically about) are baked elsewhere, at a nearby organic bakery--the young lady I'd asked didn't remember the name.

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        1. re: Scott_R

          It's not only incongruous visually......the quality of their stuff is just ridiculous.

          Also, they told me they baked the bread themselves. And I saw them "bake" the pie on the barbecue next to the farmstand, so I believe it.

          coll, I think they're open thru Halloween or so. Contact info is on their web site.

          Definitely get chard, broccolini, and tomatoes if you go.

          1. re: Jim Leff

            I have to go into Nassau county this week, think I'll take the southern route. Hope they're open weekdays. I live in Riverhead so no shortage of farms, but this sounds so interesting.

            1. re: Jim Leff

              As I did specify that the SIGHT is incongruous, there was no need to note that it's only incongruous visually.

              I can only suppose they told us different things about the bread, then. But it's more feasible to bake a pie on a grill than bread.

              1. re: Scott_R

                I've found that very few farm stands are entirely honest about their sourcing. I used to try to play detective, but have come to decide it doesn't matter. Stuff that's good, I buy, stuff that's not, I don't. And places that are consistently good on lots of stuff, I trust, and more variable ones, I'm more selective.

                Which is not to say that someone, like, baldly lied to either of us. Could be worker confusion, etc. OTOH, if they were playing completely straight, they'd proactively label things that are theirs versus third party stuff. But, again, few such places do so.

                1. re: Jim Leff

                  The farms out here share their bounty, and will tell you where the produce is sourced if you ask. Usually a neighboring farm, but in the spring they will tell you what state it comes from, albeit on small little trucks, not tractor trailors. It works better all around, rather than going here for tomatoes, there for eggs and somewhere else for corn. Which I used to do, but my local guy is growing lately. The only thing I find you can't trust is the pies, seldom home made, usually frozen. So if you find some that seem different, enjoy! If they were selling bread from a good bakery, fine with me! Out here you see Loaves and Fishes or Breadzilla stuff at farmstands and I think that's great all around.

                  1. re: Jim Leff

                    My comment about where the breads were from was a note, not a criticism.

                    1. re: Scott_R

                      You needn't feel any sense of responsibility for things I say which happen to come after you! ;)