As summer in the Hamptons winds down and I have more time to write I want to return to the topics of food sourcing, agriculture and eating real food.
I think, as a culture, we have strayed far from things that are good, healthy and nutricious in the world of food. I try to stay close to my food. The food that I serve in our restaurants and the food that I personally consume.
Right now, in East Hampton, NY, most of my vegetables and fish are coming from suppliers who are less than 20 miles away. Tomatoes that have never been refridgerated, eggplant, melons, herbs, zucchini, green beans, fluke, swordfish, tuna, lobsters, clams and much more are a phone call away. I like this. During the summer months much of America can eat this way.
How do you do it? Go to farmer's markets. Plant a garden if you have the space. Get to know your local farmers because there are a lot of them around the country that would love to sell you food directly instead of through a third party. Or a fourth party.
Avoid megastores, supermarkets and chains. They want to sell you crap.
Google it. Google can hook you up! You can eat real food, local food and food that isn't trucked or transported by railcar from thousands of miles away. A tomato that has never been inside of a cooler is a revelation. Revelations are nice.