Amber Waves Farm, Amagansett
When two young women, Kate Baldwin and Amanda Merrow, win a bid from the Peconic Land Trust to begin a farm, you know that change is taking place. The next generation of farmers are not only interested in growing local produce, they are interested in becoming a piece of the community where they can educate locals on why eating tomatoes in January is not very good for the environment. The carbon mile for each tomato to get to each mouth on the East End of Long Island is not like creating a salad with local squash at that time of the year. That is their mission as well as growing beautiful products that are sold to local restaurants and residents. They have also begun to grow wheat which is something that has not grown out here in almost 50 years when it used to be grown in abundance. I got a jar of wheat flour last night which I plan on using soon. Very impressive farmers.
The dinner last night was to hopefully get people interested in their mission. Butting against their 7.5 acres is a huge building sitting on 2 acres with 94 parking spaces. They are interested in turning that into a place where people can take cooking classes, students can come and learn about local products and carbon miles, a cafe where their wares can be sold, etc. Think of the success of Dan Barber with Stone Barn/Blue Hill Farms and then replicate that idea on the East End. Super smart.
It is always refreshing and energizing meeting young people who are trying to change the world. Doesn't matter what the content is. In this particular case the content is farming but that type of energy and entrepreneurial drive is really what makes this country continue to change and move forward.
Amber Wave Farms is located behind the Amagansett Market. I am going to go over there today and load up on their wares. Tomatoes galore. Above is a picture of their husk cherries. Small husks filled with tiny golden tomatoes that taste like nothing I have ever had before.
Dessert, which was made by Carissa Waechter, who is part of Amber Farms and is a pastry chef by training who worked in some of the top restaurants in NYC, was outstanding. The cups she served this in were made of corn oil so they are completely biodegradable. The small croutons on top were made from donuts.
Really glad I was invited to this event. They need to raise a significant amount of cash to buy the property/building next door. They are a registered non-for-profit business but just starting out and it does take time to cultivate foundations or even Government money. The building is a once in a lifetime event. Not sure how Government in Long Island works but whoever oversees the City Council of this particular area of the world should be writing these women a big fat check. This is the type of new local thinking that we should all be supporting.