Hayground Farmer’s Market of Bridgehampton

The Hayground Farmer’s Market on Mitchell Lane in Bridgehampton, NY is one of the most family oriented farm stands in the Hamptons. Grown by local farmers, and a stand of produce grown by schoolchildren from the Hamptons, it has a great variety of both produce and non-traditional market goods. Seedlings, wine, cheese, fish, baked goods, olive oil, ice cream and sorbet, dog treats, pizza, and much more are all available at the Hayground Market. Specialities also include sweet corn, string beans, vine ripened tomatoes, berries, peaches, fresh eggs, and peppers of all colors and sizes.

A community effort, the Hayground Market encourages schools to work as a team to yield organic, locally raised crops and to support the hard working farmers that allow for this to be possible. It’s a family affair for sure, as many of these farms are still owned by the original families who established them generations ago. By buying at your local farmer’s market instead of a grocery store, you get to carefully select exactly what you’d like on your dinner plate instead of purchasing a factory sealed bag of randomly chosen produce. You can even meet the people who grew your food and ask for preparation and storage tips. By supporting the farmers you help keep the traditional farm-based economy of Long Island alive. It’s a Hamptons tradition every summer to visit farm stands, and the Hayground Market should be at the top of your list.

Every Friday from 3pm to 6:30pm you can visit the Hayground Market to stock up on the freshest produce in Bridgehampton, chat with neighbors, and teach your children the importance of healthy, balanced diets and why it’s good to know where your food comes from. Running from Memorial Day weekend thru September, make it a weekly habit on your way home from the beach or work to pick up ripe fruit and vegetables, a homemade loaf of bread, and a bottle of locally grown wine. A treat you must try is their Josephine’s Feast jam, namely the Blushing Pink Grapefruit Marmalade, a favorite of mine and many others.

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Angel Ortiz: Graffiti turned fine art.

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One of the late Keith Haring’s peers and personal friends, artist Angel Ortiz (also known as “LA II”, “Little Angel”, and “La Roc”) has begun to emerge as one of the up and coming Puerto Rican artists of the 21st century. His art career has been established for decades now, but rarely has he been recognized for who he is. His images are often replicated and used without permission, and even in the 1982 gallery exhibition featuring him and Haring’s work, the gallery mistakenly labeled it as a solo exhibition for Haring and left LA uncredited as the artist.

 Today his work is now being recognized and shown at the Howard Gallery in East Hampton, NY. A strong Haring influence can be seen, but the work is entirely his own trademarks. Bold splashes of color, interlocked lines and patterns, and recognizable characters are some of his style characteristics. This graffiti artist is unique in his own right, and his many tag names can be seen in both urban and fine art settings.

Mark Gettes is now the proud owner of one of LA’s works, pictured above.

Fishing Spots in the Hamptons

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Photo courtesy of Lucille Khornak Photography

Out in the Hamptons, there are endless places to scope out a good fishing spot. Be it for just a relaxing day on your own, or packing a lunch for you and the kids, there’s a place for everyone to fish.

In Hampton Bays, there is Sears Bellows County Park has a freshwater pond filled with bass, bluegills, perch, and pickerel.

At the Shinnecock Inlet, bluefish and striped bass are in abudance, biting both at dawn and at night. Use some live bait, and you’ll have the fish practically leaping into your lap.

Montauk has the Block Island Sound, one of the premier locations to catch saltwater fish such as striped bass, fluke, and bluefish from May thru November. Rent a boat or bring your own and spend a day on the water. Theodore Roosevelt County Park is another nearby spot which permits surfcasting in the northern area of the park. For freshwater fishing, Big Reed Pond just off East Lake Drive offers largemouth bass, bluegill, pumpkinseed, and white perch. Hand carry boats are permitted.

Cedar Point County Park of East Hampton is a prime fishing spot, offering saltwater fishing, surfcasting, and shore fishing.

Shelter Island is hands down one of the East End’s superb fishing locations. Catch striped bass, bluefish, stripers, blues, and false albacore May thru September at Hay Beach and Jennings Point.

In the Peconic Bay region, a large group of bays interconnected offers plenty of bass, blues, weakfish, and porgies. The bays include Flanders, Great and Little Peconic, Hogs Neck, Noyac Bay, and Shelter Island Sound.

Located squarely between the North and South Forks (tell your kids they’re the “fish tails” of Long Island) there is Gardiners Bay. A small place with great opportunities to catch porgies, bluefish, and striped bass (on occasion, blowfish too) well into the fall. At the southern end of Gardiners Bay is Cartwright Shoals, perfect for light tackle for stripers and false albacore. Also along the South Fork is Three Mile Harbor, which feeds into Gardiners Bay and is one of the most beautiful places to fish and catch a lazy summer sunset.

We have to include any crab fisherman too! Blue claw crabs love leftover bluefish parts. If you’re not an angler with a pole, ask a friend to lend you some scrap bluefish and you’ll have your dinner by sunset.

Wildflowers of the Hamptons

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Photo courtesy of Lucille Khornak Photography

The Hamptons is known for its dazzling array of wildflowers. Sunflowers, cornflowers, cosmos, black eyed susans, daisies, primrose, milkweed, and so many more are scattered throughout the gardens and meadows on Long Island’s crowning glory, the east end. The farm stands in the Hamptons offer fresh cut flowers and startup seeds to get your own collection of these gorgeous flowers. Wildflowers are some of the best flowers to use in landscaping, since once they’ve taken a good hold into the ground they’re self-sustaining. By getting in touch with our natural surroundings, wildflowers can help reduce erosion because they’re supposed to be in the landscape, using their networks of roots to lock in the soil. By being an non-invasive, native plant, choosing them over more exotic species is a great way to help replenish the environment of what it has lost due to commercial building and over-fertilizing. They’re ideal for even the most novice of gardeners because they don’t need pesticides, fertilizer, frequent watering, or even pruning – just plant ’em and go. No grooming required of these little gems. Wildflowers are very hardy plants, surviving stiffing hot summers and deep freeze winters to return year after year, no different than the plants you see growing in the most bizarre of places, from highway dividers to cramped alleyways in the busiest parts of the Hamptons.

Your kids will love participating in planting and (minimally) taking care of the flowers. Make it a family outing, spotting what wildflowers you all love. Go to your local nursery or even a park that has trails dotted with flower patches, and pick up seeds to scatter in your yard. There’s just something about your children bringing you fresh-plucked flowers from your own garden, to place in a teacup or a small bottle as a symbol of love and bonding. At the end of the season, take care to clip some sprigs off your favorites to press between the pages of an old book, drying and preserving them for memories and as rustic and charming decorations. And every year the flowers return, new ones will mix in with the old as if by magic. No two years are the same with how the flowers appear, and that’s what makes wildflowers so special and perfect to have in your landscape.

Unchained: Dog Show at the Lucille Khornak Gallery

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Since its opening on Friday night, Unchained at the Lucille Khornak Gallery in Bridgehampton, NY has been a hot stop on the way to Art Hamptons and the Art MRKT. Dog owners, art collectors, and curious onlookers have been avidly admiring the whimsical sculptures that have made the gallery their temporary home. Visitors have marveled at their ingenuity and complexity, using recycled “junk” parts as a medium for creating beautiful sculptures. Two of the most popular creations are “Lola” – a shaggy white dog with an endearing gaze, and “Choo Choo”, a Yorkie with a cheerful look surrounded by a frame of long “hair” made of rust-toned bike chains. Another two notable mentions are the quizzical-faced “Othello”, a Boxer you have to smile at, if only for his puzzled look, and “Bully”, a French bulldog with bike bells in place of the iconic triangle ears Frenchies are best known for. Children and adults both find the sculptures equally charming and fun.

At the gallery, we are very excited and pleased with the positive feedback the dogs have been getting and are thrilled to have them with us until the 25th. If you’re in Bridgehampton, you must stop in to see these dogs. After all, how often do you see a dog made entirely out of chains?

Unchained: Opening Reception is tomorrow!

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Tomorrow at 4pm, the Lucille Khornak Gallery proudly welcomes dog lovers and art enthusiasts alike to the opening reception for Unchained: Dogs by Nirit Levav. All ages are welcome between 4pm-6pm. Show will be viewable daily from 10am-7pm until July 25th.

Lucille Khornak Gallery (across from Bobby Van’s and Candy Kitchen)

2400 Montauk Highway

Bridgehampton, NY 11932

631-613-6000

Work is available for purchase.