Don’t leave the Hamptons without stocking up at one of the farm stands. And while you’re out there, please support community agriculture by cooking and eating what the local farmers grow. Route 27 between Southampton and East Hampton is dotted with farm markets bordering the fields, and on the side roads you’ll find self-service tables with an honor-system attitude: take what appeals and leave bills and coins in the chipped saucer.
I came home with a good haul from the Hayground Market in Bridgehampton. Their pumpkin display was the most artistic and eye-catching from the road, and right now it looks like all the farm stands are trying to outdo each other in creative pumpkin promoting. Here, right on the highway, with plenty of parking, Brad and Lorraine Reeve and son grow and sell more than 50 varieties of fruit and vegetables. Big and beautiful right now: strawberries, eggplant, squash, tomatoes of all sizes and shapes, yellow-and-white corn, the potatoes Long Island is famous for, and much more.