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4th of July weekend, North Fork

It's been close to 5 years since we spent time out in Mattituck (we've been for a couple of quick day trips), but we will be out there from the 4-7. I'm so excited, but I am wondering what is new, and what is now in the markets. I'll assume we missed strawberries, but is any other local fruit ready? There must be some early corn, but what other vegetables have been seen in the markets? And what stores and places are new?

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  1. I still see strawberries (and asparagus!) at my little stand. The strawberries are probably the later, larger, type though. Rhubarb is around. The corn is pretty high right now, I'll swing by Rottkamps in the next day or two and let you know if they're open. If I get the time, Davis Peach usually opens this week too, I'll see what I can see. Peaches are usually July 4th.

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    1. re: coll

      Thanks, coll! You are a true font of NF info!

      1. re: roxlet

        Glad to have an excuse to take a ride! BTW the first peaches at Davis are the white ones, the yellow don't come in until August.

      2. re: coll

        Further east, I am seeing beets, chard, lettuces, snap peas and English peas, strawberries, raspberries,spring onions, scallions.

        Word from Sep's in East Marion is that corn, green beans and new potatoes will be here for the weekend.

        New Costco has opened in Riverhead; their peaches and nectarines (from California, though) are outstanding.

        Greenport's First and South holds pig roasts now on Monday nights. I may try, soon.

        1. re: erica

          The peaches from Costco ARE outstanding. We're on our third flat of them. Watermelon too.

          1. re: roxlet

            I'm minutes from Costco but found out they only take American Express for a credit card. And you're not allowed to browse without a membership card. Their loss, we already have BJs two minutes away. And Davis is only five minutes away, so produce is not an issue for me.

        2. re: coll

          Which little stand? I'm trying to coax the family out for a farm stand road trip.

          THanks.

          1. re: sbp

            On Mill Rd, just north of Home Depot. It's a great place to start!

        3. BTW I'm doing a reconnaissance tomorrow, party Saturday, but thought this might help out
          http://us6.campaign-archive1.com/?u=f...

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          1. re: coll

            Rottkamps definitely has corn, I'm picking up a sack in the morning. 55 ears for $25. Going to try the Coleman cooler cooking method, but their corn is so good it will taste great no matter what.

            1. re: coll

              Don't know rottkamps. Where is it? Riverhead or on the nf?

              1. re: roxlet

                On Sound Ave. in Calverton, west of Mattituck.

                1. re: roxlet

                  Just east of Cooperage Inn in Baiting Hollow, across the street.

                  The local paper is saying they are the only ones that have it right now, because they grow their first crops under plastic to give it a head start. Sounds like all the other stands are getting theirs from them.

                  1. re: coll

                    So what exit off the LIE? You don't go to Riverhead, right?

                    1. re: roxlet

                      Get off 71 at Calverton, and go north on Edwards Ave to Sound Ave (second traffic light), make a right and it's a mile or so down the road.

                2. re: coll

                  Cool - never heard of this. http://www.bonappetit.com/test-kitche...

                  55 ears...sounds like you're having a wee party.

                  1. re: EM23

                    I'm going to an annual friend's party at their house at Gilgo Beach; I usually bring my Sabrett hot dog cart and all the fixings but they are cutting back a bit this year. So all I have to bring is the corn, a block of butter and maybe salt and pepper; boy am I getting off easy!

                    I'm keeping at least 6 or 8 ears just for us though, and will grill it Mexican style for something different.

                  2. re: coll

                    Just wanted to let everyone know: If you're making corn for a crowd, the Coleman cooler method is fantastic! I was afraid the cooler would melt in the car on the way there with the boiling water but the corn arrived an hour later in perfect condition. Perfect! It was still warm when we left there six hours later too, although getting a little pale at that point. Everyone at the party was talking about it, so you may be seeing it at your next party too ;-)

                3. I ran up there early, was afraid they'd run out or something crazy, but no they are well stocked. Here's a visual to help you find it.

                   
                   
                   
                   
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                  1. re: coll

                    Not too far from Briermere, for fruit pies, and produce, too.

                    Thanks for posting that photo. I often drive past Rottkamp's but now will make it a point to stop in.

                    1. re: erica

                      They really do have the best corn, I also picked up some asparagus and baby beets. Worth a stop on the way to Davis Peach too ;-)

                      1. re: coll

                        I always thought that Harbe's had excellent corn, but will now make a point to try Rottkamp. Thank you!

                        1. re: erica

                          Harbes has the genetically modified super sweet, which we never cared for. Many love it sin bcc they do a big business in it.

                        2. re: coll

                          Where is Davis peach, and do they have peaches yet? At exit 55. So excited despite the rain!

                          1. re: roxlet

                            The rain will end tonight, no prob! Gorgeous weekend ahead.

                            Davis is in Wading River, you go up Sound Ave to the turn for Wildwood State Park, make the right and it's not far at all. I didn't get a chance to check it out, but I can't imagine they're not open with something at least.

                            1. re: roxlet

                              Happened to be passing Davis Peach this afternoon so I stopped in. They have yellow peaches for sale, but I didn't see any on the trees, so guessing they're from Jersey or Georgia? I didn't ask, but bought a small bushel and they're great either way. They also had their usual sour cherries, something you don't see around much. Might go back, get some of those and make a batch of jam.