One of the great joys of spending time in the Hamptons is the wealth of outdoor markets. There's no need to hit up a grocery store to buy your tomatoes, corn or loaf of bread. Weekend artisanal markets and ongoing farm stands are plentiful and deliver the freshest of the freshest. The end of the summer is an especially rich time for fruits, vegetables and desserts. Here are some of the best that you can find on the North and South forks.
When anyone asks, "Where should we get a pie?" there's one consistent answer: Briermere Farms in Riverhead on the North Fork. The legendary pie stop has expanded to offer more items with more checkout areas to eliminate the historic long lines. The farm makes everything from scratch. Briermere's honey, apple butter and syrups are equally acclaimed, so much so that you can order them online if you miss them once you returned home. Additionally, they have an expansive veggie farm area with the North Fork's freshest. You'd be remiss not to buy the tomatoes and corn here (these are indeed some of the country's best, and the best time for grabbing these is the end of the summer).
As for pies, how's this for a selection: strawberry rhubarb, blueberry, blueberry crumb, lemon meringue, apple, peach, raspberry-plum, chocolate cream and fresh fruit peach-raspberry cream? All told, there are 21 pies and ten cream pies plus all kinds of cookies and baked goods on offer. Make sure to bring a cooler so you can stash some in your freezer for later.
Halsey’s Greenhouse and Halsey’s Farmstand
The Halsey family is Hamptons royalty when it comes to produce and flowers. Their dedicated plant and flower Greenhouse is a destination unto itself for all your gardening needs. On the same road in Water Mill, Halsey's Farmstand is hard to miss with its outdoor displays of sunflowers, cantaloupes, watermelon or whatever is in season. The stand features all kinds of produce, from the most predictable to variations like spicy radishes and white radishes that grow on the massive grounds. The corn here is among the best, featuring the butter-and-sugar variety from the fields that surround the stand.
Also notable is their selection of cut flowers, perfect for decorating your dinner table or bringing as a gift. The stand also stocks an admirable selection of the freshest goods from the area, such as salad dressings from Vine Street Café in Shelter Island, pies from Blue Duck Bakery in Southold and baguettes from Bread Only in Long Island.
Green Thumb Organic Farm
Also, in Water Mill, Green Thumb has everything you need for your planting and produce needs. This farm is the destination for everything organic. If they're out of stock on something, they'll plant more and let you know when to come in to pick up your seedlings. Shishito peppers, a wide variety of tomatoes, lavender, basil, rosemary and deer-resistant marigolds are all for sale here. Green Thumb's produce and dairy are 100% organic, too, and you can pre-order from their market for quick pick up. Try their green, cayenne and habanero hot sauces for a kick for your dishes.
Of all the produce stands and markets in the Hamptons, Pike Farms in Sagaponack is my personal favorite for the distinctive white corn. Sweet with small kernels, the corn here can't be found anywhere else. You also have a choice of berries, veggies, herbs and more, so you can make this a one-stop for your salad and cooking requirements. Stock up on muskmelons, snap peas, blackberries and farm-made honey, all made on the farm, along with Tate's cookies and Miss Amy's jams.
In Amagansett, Vicki's Veggies is a small but legendary stop for fresh jams, veggies and beautiful flowers. Neighborhoody and welcoming, the stand is now in its 40th year, run by four generations of women. With offerings that go beyond veggies, Vicki's also has beautiful Montauk sunflowers and daisies, homemade jellies, coffee, dumplings and pot pies.
Southampton Farmers and Artisans Market
To complete your meal, the Sunday Southampton Farmers and Artisans Market at Agawam Park has a mix of stands offering loaves of bread, pickles, hot sauces, cakes and more, all fresh and organic. As a bonus, there are stalls with crafts, jewelry and other items which change weekly for an expanded shopping experience. The ladies at Side Hustle and Clarkson Avenue Crumb Cake might give you samples if you're very nice to them!