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Get Outside to Grow, Craft and Eat Local

East End Food Institute - May 2023

We are excited to share that renovations will begin this summer on the market building, so we are taking advantage of the summer sunshine and moving East End Food Market outdoors. The market summer season will kick off outside under a tent on May 27 from 9:00am - 2:00pm.

Highlighting Our Partners This Earth Day

Sony Music - April 2023

Learn about some of our Global Social Justice Fund partner organizations who are helping communities affected by climate change around the world.

Invest in Our Planet for Earth Day

East End Food Institute - April 2023

Waste is generally unintentional, but it can occur on farms when surplus produce is unharvested due to lack of storage capacity, processing infrastructure or distribution services. The new East End Food Hub could change this picture for the better, turning produce into products and connecting farms with schools, food pantries and other institutions serving the community.

New York Food Hub Collaborative Launches Toward an Efficient, Effective and Equitable Statewide Food System

East End Food Institute - March 2023

This week, East End Food Institute Executive Director Kate Fullam traveled to Rochester for the first meeting of the New York Food Hub Collaborative led by Cornell Cooperative Extension's Harvest New York.

Winter is Greener in Riverhead

The East Hampton Star - March 2023

What makes East End Food Institute's East End Food Market in Riverhead so popular among Long Island's indoor farmers markets?

Honoring Black History Month with Food, Art and Culture

East End Food Institute - February 2023

This month, East End Food Market in Riverhead will feature a new art installation in collaboration with East End Arts. The exhibit, titled, "Unity through Artistic Collaboration" showcases 14 mosaic art portraits of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and other civil rights leaders, created by 200 local high school students.

Planning Team Takes Next Steps Toward Building an East End Food Hub

East End Food Institute - January 2023

East End Food Market in Riverhead is a significant step for East End Food Institute. Our immediate goal is to build a community kitchen and to centralize our operations on the site, then build out a complete East End Food Hub.

Top 5 Memorable East End Food Moments 2022

Dan's Papers - December 2022

The year 2022 saw a lot development in the East End food and wine scene — new restaurants openings, vineyards under new ownership and a few eatery closures, as well. As we look ahead to 2023, here are some of the most memorable stories of 2022.

Podcast - EEFI Executive Director joins Gianna Volpe on The Heart of The East End

Heart of The East End - December 2022

East End Food Institute’s executive director Kate Fullam joins Gianna Volpe on WLIW-FM’s The Heart of The East End for the Wednesday Works segment underwritten by Robert James Salon on her birthday amid the organization’s $500,000 end-of-year Farm to Community campaign.

East End Food Institute Opens Winter Market

27East - December 2022

As cold weather sets in, people who crave fresh local produce and other food products still have a place to go, even as the farm stands they enjoy close up for the season.

East End Food Institute Planning a Food Hub for Riverhead

Dan's Paper - November 2022

The East End Food Institute (EEFI) wants to build a multi-faceted food hub in Riverhead. The nonprofit organization’s plans call for the renovation of an existing building at 139 Main Road in Riverhead and construction of two additional buildings on the four-acre property. The goals of the East End Food Hub include centralizing processing and distribution of local produce and products and helping farmers and food producers market their products to more consumers, schools, institutions and food pantries.

East End Food Market to Launch Second Winter Season - November 2022

Following a successful spring and summer season, East End Food Market will open its doors for a second winter season at 9:00am on Small Business Saturday, November 26, 2022.

Riverhead’s indoor farmers market starts its winter season on Saturday

Riverhead Local - November 2022

Following the success of the past year, the East End Food Market on the corner of Main Road and County Route 105 will open its doors for the winter season starting this Saturday.

Here’s what to expect as the End End Food Market returns to Riverhead Nov. 26

Northforker - November 2022

The East End Food Market in Riverhead is set to kick off its second winter season on Small Business Saturday Nov. 26. The 5,000 square-foot market will host over 40 vendors this year, offering North Forkers continued access to a variety of fresh produce, meats, and other local products as farm stands wind down in the off-season.

New Hub Will Promise Equitable Access to Local Food

East End Beacon - October 2022

While eating local food is a top priority for people here who can afford to do so, it’s a struggle for many families to afford to put local food, or any food at all, on their tables.

East End Food Institute Sizzles, Pie Season Heats Up & More

Dan's Papers - October 2022

The East End Food Institute supports, promotes and advocates for local food producers. At a special event at Nick and Toni’s two weeks ago, Executive Director Kate Fullam announced that the institute is endeavoring to “revolutionize” how residents in the region obtain food, while simultaneously helping local farmers and growers.

East End Food Institute’s New ‘Food Hub’ Has Potential To Revolutionize Food Market on the East End

27 East / Sag Harbor Express - September 2022

Since its inception, the East End Food Institute — a nonprofit organization that builds partnerships among farmers, food producers, and food consumers from Long Island to New York City and beyond — has centered its purpose on a core philosophy: Everyone in the local community should be able to access locally grown food and food products.

EEFI Moves Long-Simmering Food Hub To Front Burner

InnovateLI - September 2022

The seeds of a year-round “food hub” have been planted in the Town of Riverhead, hailed by insiders as a key innovation against East End food security.

Food Startups Reel in Wake of Oven Explosion

The East Hampton Star - September 2022

An Aug. 10 explosion and fire that shuttered the Stony Brook University Food Business Incubator at Calverton is bringing ongoing stress and strife to East End food entrepreneurs who rely on the commercial kitchen facility to produce their wares.

Group that runs indoor farmers market in Riverhead unveils plans for multimillion dollar 'food hub' at the site

Riverhead Local - September 2022

East End Food Institute, which runs the indoor farmers market in Riverhead, has unveiled an ambitious multimillion dollar plan to develop a centralized food processing and distribution facility at its Main Road site.

East End Food Hub Aims to Revolutionize How We Obtain Food - September 2022

A New Campus-Like Food Hub Will Help Members Work Together To Create A More Economically-Viable, Environmentally-Sustainable Local Food System.

Local Bounty

Long Island Business News - September 2022

An effort is underway in Riverhead to build a sustainable, equitable food system that stands to benefit the entire region.

East End Food Institute Introduces New East End Food Hub - September 2022

Eastern Long Island is home to some of the most productive agricultural soils in the nation. EEFI streamlines connections between farmers, producers, institutions, and consumers.

East End Food Hub in the Works for Riverhead Farmers Market Site

Riverhead News Review - September 2022

Planning is underway to transform the current East End Food Market into a year-round “East End Food Hub” at the former Homeside Florist property in Riverhead.

We're Cooking Up More than Just Produce and Products

East End Food Institute - September 2022

Behind the scenes, we have been hard at work with a team of architects, engineers and other design professionals to finalize our plans to build a new East End Food Hub in Riverhead.

The Farm to Food Pantry Movement

The Northforker - September 2022

A vast network of advocates and volunteers is working to address food insecurity on the North Fork.

Donate to Match $100,000 Challenge Grant Toward a New East End Food Hub

East End Food Institute - August 2022

As plans develop for a new East End Food Hub, one anonymous donor has stepped up with a $100,000 challenge grant to fund the next phases of site design. That means every dollar donated by the end of September will be matched, up to $100,000!

Farm to School Grant Benefits Local Producers, Expands Access to Local Food

East End Food Institute - July 2022

East End Food Institute has been awarded $100,000 through the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets Farm to School Grant to benefit local producers and expand access to local food for local students.

State Agriculture Commissioner Announces Awards for Sixteen Farm-to-School Programs Across New York

New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets - June 2022

East End Food Institute awarded $100,000 to enhance students’ connection to a vibrant regional agricultural community and history by linking school food service, nutrition, agriculture, school gardens, and life skills.

Get In Touch to Get Creative with Kelp

East End Food Institute - June 2022

This spring, East End Food Institute processed over 150 pounds of local sugar kelp harvested by local oyster and kelp growers, Violet Cove Oysters and Montauk Oysters.

East End Food Market Celebrates Where It All Comes Together — Riverhead

27 East - May 2022

East End Food Market is a night market, complete with local wines, cheeses, produce, baked goods, dog treats, handmade soaps, preserves and much more.

Gearing Up for the Growing Season

East End Food Institute - May 2022

From May through October, East End Food Market at 139 Main Road in Riverhead will be open on Wednesday and Friday evenings from 3:00 to 7:00pm.

Community Composting on Track to Divert 10,000 lbs of Food Scraps from Landfills

East End Food Institute - April 2022

This is the time of year when our shared community kitchen kicks into gear as we prepare to process over 30,000 pounds of local produce for our farm to institution, farm to school, and food processing programs.

Riverhead, N.Y.: A Long Island Community That's Suddenly Popular

New York Times - March 2022

To many, the Suffolk County town has long been a signpost rather than a destination. But recently, it has been giving people a reason to hang around.

Grow With Us! Help Us Build a Community Kitchen

East End Food Institute - March 2022

Your contribution to our Grow With Us Campaign will help us build a community kitchen at the East End Food Market in Riverhead to support local farms and food businesses, and provide more local food to our neighbors via schools, food pantries, and other institutions.

East End Food Market Will Stay Open Year-Round

Northforker - March 2022

The market has seen tremendous success since opening on Main Road in Riverhead.

Springtime is for Planning and Planting

East End Food Institute - February 2022

Check out just a few of the ways you can support our work and our local food community.

Celebrating Differences on Canvas

27 East - February 2022

Portrait Project Honors Legacy Of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

East End: East End Food Market

News 12 Long Island - January 2022

You can find many interesting things at the indoor [East End Food Market]. News 12's Doug Geed took a look in this week's the East End segment.

Local Food Production is a Win-Win for Equity and Economics

East End Food Institute - January 2022

The East End of Long Island is home to some of the most productive agricultural soils in the nation, so why shouldn't everyone get to enjoy the local bounty? Together we can create a food system that is equitable and accessible for the entire community.

Riverhead’s East End Food Market is a hit

Northforker - December 2021

Opening day of the new indoor East End Food Market in Riverhead was a rousing success. The market, formerly known as the Riverhead Indoor Farmers Market, saw 1,044 customers walk through the door during its first four hours

East End Food Market Offers Local Goods for Off-season Shoppers

Dan's Papers - December 2021

East End Food Institute’s new East End Food Market project enjoyed a successful kickoff on Saturday, November 27, bringing in-person and indoor one-stop shopping for locally sourced produce, wine, foods and crafts back to Riverhead in the former location of Homeside Florist at 139 Main Road.

Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony For East End Food Market Coming Soon

Patch - November 2021

The indoor market, a longtime popular Saturday event in downtown Riverhead, has moved to its new digs at the former Homeside Florist site.

Riverhead farmers market pulls in a crowd on successful opening day

RiverheadLOCAL - November 2021

The East End Food Market opened its doors in Riverhead today and over a thousand people walked in — not all at once, of course, but for four hours there was a steady stream of customers in and out of the building at the market’s new location on Main Road and Cross River Drive.

Riverhead farmers market to reopen Saturday in its new Main Road location

RiverheadLOCAL - November 2021

East End Food Institute’s indoor farmers market will reopen Saturday in its new location, the former Homeside Florist and Greenhouses site on Main Road and Route 105 in Riverhead. The market, now called the East End Food Market, will be open on Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., through April 30. The 5,000-square-foot building has space for 45 vendors.

These vendors will be on hand when the indoor farmers market returns to Riverhead this week

Northforker - November 2021

The East End Food Market, the indoor farmers market formerly known as the Riverhead Farmers Market, returns on Nov. 27 at 139 Main Road, Riverhead.

Giving Thanks from the Team at East End Food Institute

East End Food Institute - November 2021

In this time of reflection and giving thanks, I wanted to reach out on behalf of the East End Food Institute team and say how thankful we are for all of you! Whether growing and harvesting food, producing a food or beverage product, creating or serving a meal, volunteering in the kitchen, or helping at your local food pantry, we all play a part in improving access to local food.

Riverhead’s indoor farmers market, and more, coming to former Homeside Florist site

RiverheadLOCAL - October 2021

East End Food Institute, which took over operation of the market in 2019, plans a Nov. 27 opening and has plans for a food processing facility and incubator space at the Main Road site

Riverhead Farmers Market Set to Reopen on Saturday, November 27, 2021

East End Food Institute - October 2021

East End Food Institute is excited to announce the grand reopening of the Riverhead Farmers Market at the former Homeside Florist and Garden Center at the corner of Cross River Drive and Main Road, specifically 139 Main Road in Riverhead. To celebrate our local farms and producers, we will be launching on Small Business Saturday, November 27, 2021 and the market will run from 9:00am to 1:00pm weekly through April 30, 2022.

Grant To East End Food Institute Supports Farm To School Program

Southampton Press - August 2021

Thanks to a grant from the United States Department of Agriculture, the Westhampton Beach and Riverhead school districts are able to join the East End Farm to School Project, which began as a coalition among Southampton, Bridgehampton, and Tuckahoe school districts.

USDA Farm to School Grant Will Bring More Local Food to Local Students

East End Food Institute - August 2021

East End Food Institute has been awarded a grant from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) to focus efforts on increasing the variety and volume of local and New York State products included on school lunch menus. Two new partners (Westhampton and Riverhead School Districts) will join the East End Farm to School Project, which began as a coalition among Southampton, Bridgehampton, and Tuckahoe School Districts.

Will You Help Us Out Of A Jam?

East End Food Institute - July 2021

As temperatures warm up, our walk-in refrigerator and freezer units are showing their age. This has resulted in about $15,000 in unplanned (but essential) expenses, and it looks like we may need to spend a bit more to fix the problem. We would be so appreciative of your support in any amount to help us offset these equipment repair expenses.

Long Island's Peak Tomato Season

InnovateLI - June 2021

Tomatoes are one of the most versatile ingredients around, but don’t discount the glorious impact of a raw wedge or slice with some good, flakey sea salt. Add some herbs and olive oil, if you’re feeling fancy, but keep it simple: Once the heirloom varieties start showing up at farm stands, just the slew of colors, arranged in pretty slices on a white platter, is enough to impress your guests.

East End Food Institute on Plugged In To Long Island

Cox Media Group (WBLI, WBAB) - May 2021

Kate Fullam, Executive Director of East End Food Institute, joins Syke to talk about how the organization helps East End’s communities and economy. East End Food Institute builds relationships with farmers, food producers, and food consumers across Long Island’s East End to make its local food system more economically viable, environmentally sustainable, efficient, and equitable. For more information, visit

Jerky With a Side of Ethics

The East Hampton Star - May 2021

Beef jerky marketing, at first look, seems to be all about matching a man to the right flavor profile of preserved meat, and with Father's Day approaching, that's all in full swing right about now. But Jackson Baris of East Hampton has a different take on beef jerky altogether -- one that aligns more with conversations about ethics and sustainability in food sourcing.

Doug Geed Visits East End Food Institute

News 12 Long Island: East End Show - April 2021

Southampton is home to a place where Long Islanders aspiring to launch their own businesses can find help. The East End Food Institute provides a space for people who have products they want to sell. East End Food Institute Executive Director Kate Fullam says some people have a product they want to sell, but they are not sure how to start a business.

Moji Masala, Sweet Woodland Farm, and Kombat-cha at East End Food Institute

News 12 Long Island - March 2021

This week on the East End, tag along with Doug Geed as he explores the East End Food Institute, Kombat-Cha Kombucha and Eastern Front Brewing Company. Plus, see what's growing at Kurt Weiss Greenhouses.

Recipes for a More Secure East End Food System

The East Hampton Star - March 2021

Seeking to address food insecurity and weaknesses in the local food system that have been exacerbated by the Covid-19 pandemic, the East End Food Institute and the City University of New York Urban Food Policy Institute launched an effort on Tuesday to develop a plan to improve the system with the help of farmers, food workers, and others.

The East End’s Icy Innovation History, On The Rocks

Innovate LI - February 2021

But in between snowstorms this week, there was a peek of sunlight – and I jumped at the chance to take a brisk walk at the Quogue Wildlife Refuge. It was cold, but who knew I’d be getting a lesson in early refrigeration?

Hot Start, Icy Pivot: A Pizza Man’s Pandemic, On Wheels

Innovate LI - January 2021

While large-scale manufacturers like General Mills produced huge mounds of Totino’s Pizza Rolls to feed homebound masses during the pandemic, a Long Island-based wood-fired frozen pizza business was growing also – in the kitchen, and the parking lot, of the East End Food Institute.

East End Nonprofits and the Season of Giving Back

Dan's Papers - November 2020

Picking up groceries for a neighbor. Sewing masks for essential workers. Sending a meal from a local restaurant to hospital employees. Volunteering time and sending money and donating resources. Since the crisis that descended upon us in March with COVID-19, the ways in which individuals have risen up to help one another on the East End has been nothing short of heroic.

Shop Small And Local Year-Round With The East End Food Institute’s Virtual Farmers Market - November 2020

Shopping small and local this year is more important than ever. Small businesses are hurting with in-person shopping reduced significantly. With COVID cases continuing to rise nationwide, East End Food Institute is pleased to help strengthen the local food system by launching a year-round Virtual Farmers Market. It will benefit local farmers, food and beverage producers, and makers of artisanal goods. Any East End local can easily purchase locally-grown and made goods for pickup or home delivery beginning on Saturday, November 28 - which is known as "Small Business Saturday."

Not In Kansas Anymore, LI Foodpreneurs Keep The Faith

Innovate LI - November 2020

Last weekend, I found myself wandering the neighborhood on a last-minute treasure hunt with my daughter. At 7 years old, she portrayed the most adorable Dorothy from “The Wizard of Oz,” and the rest of us followed suit – as the Cowardly Lion, the Scarecrow and even Toto (yes, the dog joined in).

East End Fresh

The Purist - August 2020

Live healthily and sustainably by participating in Community Supporter Agriculture.

Behind the Scenes in the Local Food System

East End Food Institute - July 2020

The East End growing season is in full swing, and many farms have a surplus of fruits and vegetables. Our dedicated kitchen team works with our farm partners to preserve fresh product by freezing, pickling, or preserving it, extending its shelf life and your enjoyment of the harvest season.

As Summer Sizzles, East End Farmers Make Their Stand

Innovate LI - July 2020

July on the East End of Long Island is magical (aside from the traffic).

Foodies marvel at the local bounty, which starts trending now toward its peak in August and September. This is the time of year when cooking by stove or oven is traded for a chopped local veggie and herb salad … just perfect.

On Pandemics, And A Lifetime Of Kitchen Lessons

Innovate LI - May 2020

Cooking has always inspired me, but I was not always good at it – my mother still pokes fun at me for using corn oil instead of corn syrup (just once, in my early teens).

Just like a scientist, I learned from failed experiments. Through trial and error, I committed to memory the techniques, ingredients and unexpected flavor combinations that delighted me most.

Meals for the Food Pantries

East Hampton Star - April 2020

The owners of the Honest Man Restaurants, which include Nick and Toni’s, Rowdy Hall, Townline BBQ, Coche Comedor, and La Fondita, announced on Friday that they are teaming up with the East End Food Institute to prepare and deliver 2,400 meals weekly to the Springs Food Pantry and the Heart of the Hamptons food pantry in Southampton.

Community News, April 30

27east - April 2020

Honest Man Restaurants is one of several local businesses donating its time to provide meals for those in need during the pandemic. The owners and operators of Nick & Toni’s, Rowdy Hall, Townline BBQ, Coche Comedor, La Fondita and Honest Catering have partnered with the East End Food Institute in the effort. Honest Man Restaurant employees will join East End Food Institute’s kitchen team at its commercial kitchen, located on Stony Brook University’s Southampton campus, to prepare and deliver 400 family meals weekly to the Springs Food Pantry in East Hampton and Heart of the Hamptons, the food pantry in Southampton. The meals will be distributed to families in need each Wednesday: 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in Southampton, and 3 to 6 p.m. in Springs.

East End Food Institute And Honest Man Restaurants Partner To Cook Meals For Local Food Pantries - April 2020

Honest Man Restaurants, which includes Hamptons favorites Nick & Toni's, Rowdy Hall, Townline BBQ, Coche Comedor, La Fondita and Honest Catering, has joined forces with East End Food Institute (EEFI) to help ensure food insecure East Enders receive much needed meals.

"We are excited to be partnering with East End Food Institute," Toni Ross of Honest Man Restaurants expressed. "It's a trifecta of wins: we will be re-employing restaurant workers, supporting local farmers and purveyors and addressing food insecurity at a time of great need."

East End Food Institute Offers Online Farmers Market, Aid to Local Farms

Dan's Papers - April 2020

With farmers markets deemed essential in New York State, the East End Food Institute—a nonprofit that builds partnerships among local farmers, food producers and consumers—made the cautious decision to close the Riverhead Indoor Farmers Market anyway, paving the way for a new virtual shopping experience.

East End Food Institute Launches Virtual Farmer’s Market - April 2020

During these trying times there are so many among us whose heroic efforts and clever new ideas and responses have thankfully been launched for the benefit of many.

One such initiative is the virtual farmer's market store launched by the East End Food Institute (EEFI) approximately a month ago. Founded in 2010 by Carissa Waechter (of Carissa's Bakery), Katie Baldwin and Amanda Merrow (of Amber Waves) and John de Cuevas, EEFI is presently run by an executive director, house chef, operations manager and Program Coordinator Heather Meehan. The mission is still the same, which is "East End Food Institute (formerly Amagansett Food Institute) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that supports, promotes and advocates for local food and local producers."

With events canceled, Riverhead Indoor Farmers Market moves online

The Northforker - April 2020

When events started to get canceled and people isolated in their homes on the North Fork and beyond, many businesses took a hit. One weekly North Fork event that was shut down was the Riverhead Indoor Farmers Market, which is normally held every Saturday. But the East End Food Institute, the organization that runs the market, created a solution to help the vendors get through tough times — an online store and home delivery service.

Easy Ways to Support Local Food and Community (and some awesome news, too!)

East End Food Institute - April 2020

It's more important than ever to know where your food comes from. Community members can now visit our virtual farmer’s market to order locally made goods, with clear origins, for safe pickup or delivery. We will be supporting even more vendors and expanding our delivery routes in the near future to help sustain small businesses during this crisis.

COVID-19 Update for Our Food Community

East End Food Institute - March 2020

Things feel a little crazy lately, huh? Now more than ever is the time to support local producers. I feel comforted knowing I can sustain and nourish my family and friends with food grown and made by people I have come to know personally here on the East End of Long Island. We all care deeply about nourishing our communities, and you can rest assured we are taking precautions to keep you healthy and safe.

Explore, Educate, and Craft at East End Food Institute

Savour TV - March 2020

Let's sit back and savour away with our lovely host Tia Greene and several of her friends at East End Food Institute! Join us as we dive deeper with Kate Fullam and Heather Meehan during this episode, we will learn the many ways on how EEFI is giving back as well as bridging the gap with the local farmers and community members.

Lending a helping hand to food businesses and farmers on Long Island

Fox 5 News - February 2020

The East End Food Institute is working to help farmers process and preserve their crops, along with supporting small food businesses with developing, packaging and marketing their products.

With New State Grant, Time To Lean In For Food Hub On Stony Brook Southampton Campus

Southampton Press - February 2020

The East End Food Institute is a space where farmers, food entrepreneurs, chefs and others collaborate to aggregate and process local farm crops, launch new businesses, and share knowledge with each other and the community.

Donated Carrots Will Help Feed The Hungry On The East End

Southampton Press - December 2019

It was really orange.

East End Food Institute volunteers gathered in the student center kitchen at the Stony Brook Southampton campus last week. They were surrounded by carrots: some 1,600 pounds from the Amagansett-based Balsam Farms slated for processing — peeling, chopping and flash freezing.

They’re destined for Long Island Cares, which distributes to food pantries across the region.

iEat Green Shares Interview with Kate Fullam, the Executive Director of the East End Food Institute!

iEat Green - November 2019

This morning, I had a great conversation with Kate Fullam, the Executive Director of East End Food Institute. The East End Food Institute is a nonprofit organization in Southampton, whose mission is to support, promote, and advocate for local food and local producers throughout eastern Long Island, New York. They are doing this by focusing on three main pillars, the Economy, the Environment, and Human Health. They are partnering with local farmers and producers to create value added products in their shared commercial kitchen, and offer their kitchen space for rent to local start ups.

Indoor Riverhead Farmers Market returning this month

North Forker - November 2019

East End Food Institute Executive Director Kate Fullam has loved taking her daughter to the indoor Riverhead Farmers Market in recent years.

She’d have a cup of joe from Tend Coffee, do some taste testing of products from some of the nearly 40 vendors and watch her daughter delight at the sight of the Angora rabbits Nuna Knits’ Peggie Ehlers would bring. When a few farmers approached her to see if East End Food Institute would be interested in running the market in 2019-20, she jumped at the chance.

Meet Jay Lippin, The New Chef-In-Residence At the East End Food Institute

The Southampton Press - October 2019

The year has been one of big, exciting changes for the East End Food Institute, which is based on the Stony Brook Southampton campus. In June, the Institute changed its name from the Amagansett Food Institute, signifying a broader context for its mission. And several months ago, the team welcomed Chef Jay Lippin, who has taken on the role of Chef-in-Residence. Mr. Lippin, whose experience extends to an executive chef position at New York City’s The Odeon and Café Luxembourg restaurants, Chappaqua’s Crabtree’s Little House Restaurant, and Sag Harbor’s Baron’s Cove, is also on the board of Slow Food East End.

Assemblyman Fred W. Thiele Jr. Releases List Of Priority Projects For State Funding

The Southampton Press - October 2019

Seven East End projects have been proposed to receive funding from the state, according to State Assemblyman Fred W. Thiele Jr. The Long Island Regional Economic Development Council (LIREDC) designated a total of 41 projects altogether. It is one of 10 regional councils across the state, Mr. Thiele explained.

The East End Food Institute, formerly known as the Amagansett Food Institute prior to 2010, was one of the seven. The nonprofit has the potential to receive a grant of $300,000, which would allow for additional capital investment, as well as the ability to improve the location’s infrastructure.

Growth Opportunities in Southampton

The Independent - September 2019

We work with local farms to preserve the seasonal bounty by creating pesto from herbs and greens, jarring tomatoes, and concocting fruit jams. You can also put aside summer crops by simply freezing them for later use or stop by Green Thumb Organic Farm, Amber Waves, Milk Pail, and Sylvester Manor to pick up a jar of one of our “farm stand favorites.”

Fifth Annual Food Lab Conference At Stony Brook Southampton

The Southampton Press - September 2019

Scheduled on Friday and Saturday, September 13 and 14, the fifth annual Food Lab Conference at Stony Brook Southampton will have a theme this year of “Cook, Eat, Drink: Taste the Terroir.” Headlining an impressive list of panels, discussions and tastings will be celebrity chef Lidia Bastianich in a keynote conversation with author and New Yorker magazine contributor Adam Gopnik (see story, page B1).

From Field to Farmstand, Many Helping Hands (July 2, 2019 Newsletter)

East End Food Institute - July 2019

This time of year, we are reminded of the bounty that our region has to offer, and almost overwhelmed by the abundance around us. This is visible in the farm stands overflowing with produce in spite of a long and wet spring. Through our many community-oriented endeavors, we strive toward a spirit of collaboration, pooling our skills and resources to pitch in where help is needed.

New Name, Similar Mission: Amagansett Food Institute Is Now East End Food Institute

Southampton Press - June 2019

In June, the Amagansett Food Institute officially changed its name to the East End Food Institute, a change that is reflective of an expanding ethos.

“The name change, for us, really made sense,” Kate Fullam, the institute’s executive director for the past year and a half, said. “I started at the organization in January of 2018, and from that point forward began to get questions about the name, as opposed to our geographic reach. The organization, in our original charter, was more to support and advocate for local food and local producers, so the provision was always broad.”

New Name, Similar Mission: Amagansett Food Institute Is Now East End Food Institute

Southampton Press - June 2019

In June, the Amagansett Food Institute officially changed its name to the East End Food Institute, a change that is reflective of an expanding ethos. “The name change, for us, really made sense,” Kate Fullam, the institute’s executive director for the past year and a half, said. “I started at the organization in January of 2018, and from that point forward began to get questions about the name, as opposed to our geographic reach.

Let the season begin! (June 4, 2019 Newsletter)

East End Food Institute - June 2019

Wonderful things can happen when we gather around a table. Thanks to the attendees of our recent fundraising dinner, hosted by Board Member Sheri Sandler and prepared by Advisory Board member, chef, and nourishment warrior Stefanie Sacks, we raised $5,000 to support the Farm to Community program in April. As a direct result, we were recently able to purchase equipment that increases our refrigeration and freezer capacity by 100 cubic feet. Thanks to all who attended the dinner to support our programming.

Amagansett Food Institute Becomes East End Food Institute

Press Release - June 2019

In June, Amagansett Food Institute will officially change its name to East End Food Institute, a decision made by the non-profit organization’s leadership to reflect the true geographic reach of its programs and its positive impact on the local food system.

Building a Community of Support (May 14, 2019 Newsletter)

East End Food Institute - May 2019

In 2010, John de Cuevas and others formed Amagansett Food Institute to support, promote, and advocate for local food and local producers. As the organization has grown over nearly a decade, our approach is deeply rooted in supporting the people who contribute to our local food system.

From our Shores and Soil (March 26, 2019 Newsletter)

East End Food Institute - March 2019

Join Amagansett Food Institute, Haskell’s Seafood, and Peconic Baykeeper for an immersive introduction to seafood on Long Island and its sustainability, sourcing, and preparation. Led by those with an abiding commitment to supporting our local food heritage and promoting the health of our waters, this workshop is a deep dive into the bounty of Long Island.

Planting Seeds of Change (March 12, 2019 Newsletter)

East End Food Institute - March 2019

Looking for a unique summer experience for your budding chef or farmer? In July and August, Amagansett Food Institute will partner with Allergic to Salad to offer two two-week sessions of healthy, hands on cooking classes for kids. This year's Summer Youth Culinary Experience will include two age groups: ages 7-10 and 11-14.

Seed Starting, Supporting Farmers, Earning Your Chops (February 26, 2019 Newsletter)

East End Food Institute - February 2019

Winter is a time of planning for the growing season ahead--drawing field maps and harvest schedules and finding a group of like-minded and hard working humans who can make it all happen.

Sprout Your Skills to Prepare our Local Bounty (February 12, 2019 Newsletter)

East End Food Institute - February 2019

Food entrepreneurs are often cast in multiple roles when launching a new business. It can be exhausting to manage being a CEO, sales person, production manager, employer, etc. all at the same time, and food entrepreneurs often feel isolated as a result. Join us for a monthly Lunch & Learn to get connected with other members of the local food community, share ideas, and workshop any and all obstacles you may be facing in launching or growing your business. Each session will be moderated by a member of our team. Ticket price includes a lunch item of your choosing, prepared in our kitchen with local ingredients.

Join us in the Kitchen to Support Farm to Community (January 21, 2019 Newsletter)

East End Food Institute - January 2019

We are seeking volunteers this week to help us bring local farm produce to Long Island food pantries. We received 2,000 lbs. of sweet potatoes from Invincible Summer Farms in Southold, NY that will be distributed by Long Island Cares and the Harry Chapin Food Bank. The clock is ticking on this fresh produce so we need all hands on deck this coming week. If you would like to join is in dicing, vacuum sealing and freezing, please send us an email at

A Winter Bounty for Springs Food Pantry

East Hampton Star - January 2019

A pilot program providing low-income families with organic frozen produce through the winter months has made its first delivery to the Springs Food Pantry.

A Time of Reflection and Hope (December 11, 2018 Newsletter)

East End Food Institute - December 2018

The end of the year is a time of reflection for most people, and that is most certainly the case for all of us at Amagansett Food Institute.

Our founder, mentor, and friend John de Cuevas passed away last month after a brief illness. For those who knew John, we know you share our grief for this enormous loss. As we carry on his amazing legacy, we welcome you to share your own memories and hopes for the future of our work together

John de Cuevas, Founder of Amagansett Food Institute, Dies at 88

East Hampton Star - December 2018

John de Cuevas, a longtime resident of Amagansett and Cambridge, Mass., died last Thursday. He was 88. Aside from his interest in baking bread and cooking food grown in Amagansett, Mr. de Cuevas was involved as an educator in the East End food movement and was a generous contributor to the Peconic Land Trust and Quail Hill Farm, as well as being a harvesting member of the farm from the early 1990s. In 2010, he and several neighbors started the Amagansett Food Institute, whose main goal is for farms and foodpurveyors to thrive in a supportive community that understands the benefits and uniqueness of local food. The place he most enjoyed living in was Amgansett.

This Giving Tuesday, Support Access to Local Food (November 27, 2018 Newsletter)

East End Food Institute - November 2018

With support from The Balm Foundation, we initiated a pilot project in 2018 to take our Farm to Food Pantry Program to the next level. In the past, we aggregated fresh produce from local farms, which was sold to Long Island Caresfood bank. This program was successful in providing over 80,000 pounds of produce over three years to Long Islanders in need, and it also gave farmers a market for their surplus crops.
Still, farmers were often left with produce that was destined for the compost pile, and local food pantries had limited access to local produce over the winter when many farms were not growing. We had to find a better solution.

Local Farm and Kitchen Working to ‘Share the Harvest’ All Year Long

North Forker - November 2018

This year, the farm has been working with Amagansett Food Institute (AFI), an organization that aims to support, promote, and advocate for food producers and providers on the East End to help preserve its year-round offerings. Tonn said the farm has brought AFI over 3,000 pounds of vegetables this year.

November News from Amagansett Food Institute (November 13, 2018 Newsletter)

East End Food Institute - November 2018

On Wednesday, 11/7, we gathered with Shane Weeks and Josephine Smith of the Shinnecock Nation, Mimi Edelman of I & Me Farms and Chef Jay Lippin of Baron's Cove for a magical evening exploring elusive heirloom varieties and tracing their lineage.

Something is Cooking at the Amagansett Food Institute

Edible East End - November 2018

Presented by the Amagansett Food Institute, Capt. Haskell kicked off the organization’s new monthly cooking workshops, which will showcase the cooking specialties of local food producers, farmers, and chefs.

Fall News From Amagansett Food Institute (October 30,2018 Newsletter)

East End Food Institute - October 2018

The Three Sisters, AKA corn, beans and squash, are planted together in many indigenous traditions since each plant provides a benefit that supports the growth of the trio.

Sustainable Fish Varieties To Be Showcased During Intimate Hands On Hamptons Workshop - October 2018

Amagansett Food Institute's next workshop will revolve around the old adage "Teach a man [woman/person] to fish and they can eat for a lifetime." Taking place on Friday, October 19, Catching, Cleaning, and Cooking Sustainable Seafood will be led by Captain Peter Haskell, a local fisherman and owner of Haskell's Seafood, who will show attendees how to master delicious local underutilized seafood that classgoers may have never even eaten before.

Seasons by the Sea: What Makes Local Local

East Hampton Star - September 2018

Panels at Stony Brook Southampton’s fourth annual Food Lab conference last weekend included international chefs, activists, doctors, nutritionists, foragers, wine and spirits makers, and more, all centered around the theme “Eat Global . . . Cook Local,” a timely topic indeed.

September News from Amagansett Food Institute (September 18, 2018 Newsletter)

East End Food Institute - September 2018

This month AFI resumed our Collaborative Regional Alliance for Farmer Training (CRAFT) Tours. On Monday, September 10, participants met at KK's the Farm in Southold to learn about biodynamic farming practices. Our next craft tour will take place at Acabonac Farms' pastures in Middle Island on September 18th

Whet Your Appetite for Stony Brook Southampton’s 2018 Food Lab Conference

Dan's Papers - September 2018

Food is one of the defining qualities of culture, and with so many unique cultures around the world, the diversity in the culinary world is immense. Stony Brook University is hosting the Fourth Annual Food Lab Conference, themed “Eat Global…Cook Local,” at the Southampton Campus on September 14–15 as a celebration of that diversity and a great learning experience for all who attend.

Food Entrepreneurs Get a Boost

Southampton Press - July 2018

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South Fork Kitchens Helps Create a More Sustainable and Equitable Food System

Southampton Press - June 2018

It makes sense that one of the East End’s leading supporters of farmers, fishermen and other local food producers would develop a public kitchen accessible to culinary entrepreneurs. At the center of the Stony Brook University Southampton campus is South Fork Kitchens, the brainchild of the Amagansett Food Institute, a nonprofit organization that advocates for local food sustainability and equitability.

Filling A Modest Plate, Sweetly, At Startup Foodcubate

InnovateLI - April 2018

Foodcubate is, essentially, a network hub connecting nine regional kitchen-focused incubators and organizations (including the Amagansett Food Institute and Stony Brook University’s Business Incubator at Calverton) – a focal point for incubator associates and others to share resources, trade ideas and strengthen bonds through panel discussions and meetup events.

Amagansett Food Institute Announces New Executive Director Kate Fullam

AFI - December 2017

Amagansett Food Institute Announces New Executive Director Kate Fullam

The Dirt on Farm to Table

Long Island Pulse - September 2017

The old adage “You are what you eat” actually starts in the soil. Full of organic matter and the nutrients like omega-3, beta-carotene and fatty acids, it is the root of good food. This isn’t lost on East End businesses, many of which practice sustainable farming to keep the soil and environment healthy. These practices ensure that when the farm moves to a person’s table, the food is as safe as it is delicious. Step behind the fence at 8 Hands Farm, Bedell Cellars and the Amagansett Food Institute.

Food Meet-Up Thursday

The East Hampton Star - May 2017

The Amagansett Food Institute will hold the first in a series of business meet-ups for small food producers Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m. at the headquarters of Plain-T, a purveyor of boutique teas, at 87 Powell Avenue in Southampton.

Amagansett Food Institute Will Host Series Of 'Crowdfunding For Small Food Business' Meet-Ups

27 East - May 2017

The Amagansett Food Institute will host the first in a series of small food business meet-up events, which aim to provide small food producers networking opportunities, with “Crowdfunding for Small Food Business” on Thursday, June 22, at Plain-T in Southampton Village.

Merry CSA Day, From The Amagansett Food Institute

Innovate LI - January 2017

In case it somehow escaped your attention, today is CSA Day, a quasi-holiday/day of observance started in 2014 by Small Farm Central, a Pittsburgh-based tech firm that creates software and other digital tools for agricultural entrepreneurs.

Meet the Organization Working to Fight Food Waste on the East End

Edible East End - November 2016

Forty-percent of the food produced in this country ends up rotting either in the fields or in landfills. Let’s work together to change that.

A Food Movement Grows in Amagansett

Innovate LI: - July 2016

There’s fresh thinking and then there’s the Amagansett Food Institute, which operates well ahead of the food-innovation curve on its mission to promote regional producers.

Amagansett Food Institute to Host Fundraiser at Southampton Historical Museum

Newsday - July 2016

At the Southampton fundraiser “Lost Foods, New Foods,” the Amagansett Food Institute is showcasing the bounty and ingenuity of Long Island’s East End. The elegant grounds of the Southampton Historical Museum will be the setting for a tasting of local foods and wines on Thursday, Aug. 25, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

"Lost Foods, New Foods" Celebrates East End Food & Wine

Sag Harbor Express - July 2016

Sometimes to find something new and fresh, you need to look back to something old and forgotten. That’s the way it’s been with the local agriculture, which has been as alive on the East End as it ever has been. With young farmers and food purveyors flooding the farmers’ markets from Riverhead to Montauk, the agricultural practices that first sustained the Hamptons are experiencing a rebirth.

Museum, Food Institute Will Celebrate Lost Foods, New Foods

27 East - July 2016

In recent years, the East End has seen a resurgence in the growth and production of crops and foods that were historically made here, a fact that the Southampton Historical Museum and the Amagansett Food Institute will celebrate at the inaugural Lost Foods, New Foods benefit on Thursday, August 25.

Attend: Lost Foods, New Foods: Artisan Cuisine & Wines Benefit

Edible East End - July 2016

Agricultural history meets agricultural future at a deep and delicious event to benefit The Amagansett Food Institute (AFI) and the Southampton Historical Museum. Lost Foods, New Foods: Artisan Cuisine & Wines on the South Fork, taking place on Thursday, August 25 from 5:30-7:30 pm at the Sayre Barn of the museum, will give attendees the opportunity to support local agriculture, meet some of the new chefs and food producers coming up in the neighborhood, and to go deep, discovering traditional foods and ingredients that had all but disappeared until recently.

Amagansett Food Institute and Southampton Historical Museum Hosting "Lost Foods, New Foods"

Hamptons Online - July 2016

The Amagansett Food Institute (AFI) and the Southampton Historical Museum are pairing up this August to host what will surely be one of the most delicious events of the summer! On Thursday, August 25th, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., the two local staples will be presenting a special "Lost Foods, New Foods: Artisan Cuisine & Wines on the South Fork" event at the Sayre Barn at the Rogers Mansion in Southampton.

Amagansett Farmers Market to Open Over Memorial Day Weekend

Hamptons Online - April 2016

Over Memorial Day weekend, the Amagansett Food Institute will host the Amagansett Farmers Market seasonal opening, featuring live music, tastings, and local food for purchase. The Market, which showcases locally grown produce prepared by local and regional providers, will debut on Friday, May 27th at 7 a.m.

Amagansett Farmers' Market Set to Open for Season

East Hampton Patch - April 2016

There's nothing that signifies the start of summer more than the opening of farmers' markets on the East End, bursting with abundance and fresh produce. The Amagansett Farmers' Market, located at 367 Main Street in Amagansett, is set for its seasonal opening on May 27 through May 30, when the market will be open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

News for Foodies 05.19.16

The East Hampton Star - April 2016

The Beacon restaurant in Sag Harbor opened yesterday for the 2016 season. Dinner is being served starting at 6 p.m., Wednesdays through Mondays. The chef, Sam McCleland, will be adding new seasonal dishes to the tried-and-true menu choices.

Suffolk County Inmates Assist in Amagansett Through Vocational Training Program

27 East - April 2016

Last week Suffolk County inmates donning orange jumpsuits worked to clean and restore the Amagansett Farmer’s Market as armed correction officers looked on. These work crews are part of the county’s Vocational Training Program, developed about four years ago by Suffolk County Sheriff Vincent DeMarco, which provides communities with labor through trained, prescreened, low security inmates.

At Home in the Land of Milk & Honey

Sag Harbor Express Harvest Magazine - October 2015

Local Hampton's newspaper, which has served the East End, and specifically the historic Village of Sag Harbor and its surrounding communities, since 1859.

Amagansett Farmers Market and Finnwheel Farm

Sustainable East End Podcast - August 2015

Here are programs produced byWPKN’s East End Long Island news and public affairs volunteers. WPKN 89.5 Bridgeport and WPKM 88.7 Montauk are listener supported radio stations with a volunteer staff. see

Amagansett Farmers Market Is Back

Dan's Papers - July 2015

A crucial pit stop on the road to Montauk has returned! For the rest of the summer season, residents and visitors can look forward to a convenient source of fresh and local produce, because the Amagansett Farmers Market is back. After a brief closure resulting from the expiration of the previous tenant’s lease, The Amagansett Food Institute (AFI) reopened the Market on Saturday, August 1.

New Take on an Old Favorite

The East Hampton Star - July 2015

Customers expecting overflowing bins of fresh produce or deli cases bursting with prepared foods might be confused upon entering the new Amagansett Farmers Market, which the Amagansett Food Institute reopened on Aug. 1. The selection is small compared to what was offered by previous proprietors. Take a closer look, though, and you’ll notice that almost everything in the market, save the olive oil, is grown or produced on Long Island or in New York State, some of it at the institute’s own business-incubator kitchen at Stony Brook Southampton, called South Fork Kitchens.

20 Reasons to Visit the NEW Amagansett Farmers Market

Edible East End - July 2015

The Amagansett Farmers Market, the half-century old farm stand at the east end of Amagansett’s Main Street, reopened August 1. Operated for the last few years by Eli Zabar, the market will now operated by the nonprofit Amagansett Farm Institute, whose mission to support the local food economy means the products on the shelves couldn’t be more mouth-watering and consciously curated. There’s a bevy of Hudson Valley yogurts, Brooklyn pasta, Empire State cheeses, Montauk lemonade and more East End fruits and vegetables than you can shake a spoon at. We’ve put together a little list of pantry stuffers and look forward to see what they add and change with the seasons. And we encourage you to get there as soon as you can.

Amagansett Farmers Market Opens Under New Management

27 East - July 2015

There was a steady hum of enthusiasm Saturday morning, as residents and vacationers milled about the newly opened Amagansett Farmers Market. Bikes were perched against the low green building, pets led their dog owners around and families settled in the outside sitting area, enjoying their food in the open air.While many recalled the bygone years when the farmers market was packed, it was early in the morning—and the season—for any speculation as to the success of a venture that had started only that morning.

Amagansett Farmers Market to Reopen, With an Emphasis on Local

New York Times - June 2015

For those who have passed the shuttered Amagansett Farmers Market with heavy hearts this summer, there is cause for celebration. The market, which has been closed since late 2014, will reopen Aug. 1.

Amagansett Food Institute to Take Over Amagansett Farmers Market

Edible East End - June 2015

According to a Monday press release, the Amagansett Food Institute announced it signed a lease with the Peconic Land Trust to operate the Amagansett Farmers Market, at 367 Main Street in Amagansett, with a planned opening on August 1.

Amagansett Food Institute to Take Over Farmers Market

The East Hampton Star - June 2015

Several months after a new tenant for the Amagansett Farmers Market was expected to be named, the Peconic Land Trust and the Amagansett Food Institute, a nonprofit organization of farmers and food producers, announced on Monday that the latter has signed a lease to operate the market. The institute plans an Aug. 1 opening of the longtime landmark on the hamlet's Main Street.

AFI Signs Lease for Amagansett Farmers Market

Sag Harbor Online - June 2015

On Monday, the Amagansett Food Institute (AFI) announced it has signed a lease with The Peconic Land Trust to operate the iconic Amagansett Farmers’ Market on Main Street in Amagansett. The Institute said it would open the facility on August 1.

Amagansett Food Institute Partners with Peconic Land Trust for Amagansett Farmers Market - June 2015

"We are thrilled to be able to showcase the best of East End produce and food products and look forward to working with the community to bring more awareness of local food and food related issues," expressed Kathleen Masters, Executive Director of the Amagansett Food Institute.

Focusing on the Business of Food at Stony Brook Southampton

The Sag Harbor Express - May 2015

In case you haven’t noticed, the food industry is booming — not just here, but everywhere. Nationally, cooking shows are all the rage as are locally sourced, fresh ingredients. Meanwhile, chefs (both professional and amateur) are developing imaginative new ways to use never before heard of products in their dishes.

Geoffrey Drummond: From the Food Set to the Food Lab

The East Hampton Star - April 2015

If the name Geoffrey Drummond is not familiar, it should be. For years, the East Hampton-based producer and director has provided armchair epicureans the vicarious thrill of watching others perform miraculous feats in the kitchen. From his early work on PBS, first with Jacques Pepin and then with Julia Child, to his latest Emmy-winning series with Eric Ripert, he has channeled his appreciation of all things culinary to introduce Americans to great chefs the world over.

East End Eats: The Best Kept Secret

The East Hampton Star - October 2014

A few weeks ago a friend asked if I would like to sample some of the best, freshest, cheapest food available, in other words, one of the best-kept secrets on the East End. How is it I didn’t know of this special place, this little jewel of a cafe, open five days a week for lunch? One reason could be that it is essentially a Russian nesting doll.

Amagansett Food Institute on WPPB 88.3 Radio

Stirring the Pot with Stefanie Sacks - June 2014

Amagansett Food Institute (AFI), whose mission is to support, promote, and advocate for the farmers, vintners, fishermen, and other food producers and providers on the East End of Long Island officially has a nest. Now located on the Southampton campus of Stonybrook University, AFI’s full service commercial kitchen, called Southfork Kitchens, is the home to Carissa’s Breads, Dock to Dish, Miss Lady Root Beer among many others. The Institute’s vision is to create a community where all farms and food businesses are thriving. Their work goes beyond the kitchen into advocacy, a farm to pantry program, a farmer training collaborative and more. Executive Director Kathleen Masters and AFI's Kitchen Manager Carissa Waechter will join the show to enlighten us about this incredible collaborative, the work they are doing and how you can get involved.

Wheat into Bread and Fruit into Jam in Southampton's New Cooperative Kitchen

Edible Low Summer Issue - May 2014

The smell of baking bread wafts over gleaming steel countertops in the spacious South Fork Kitchens, a new commercial venture open to local food producers and businesses at the Southampton campus of Stony Brook University. Carissa Waechter of Carissa’s Breads has several flour-dusted loaves in the oven, trying out the facilities before they welcome businesses and farmers who have eagerly signed up to use the space.

Stony Brook University Leases Kitchen at Southampton Campus To Local Non-Profit

The Southampton Press - March 2014

Stony Brook University will rent its commercial kitchen at the Southampton campus to the Amagansett Food Institute as part of a business incubator initiative put forth by the local nonprofit.

Small Batch Food Producers Get a Kitchen of Their Own

The Sag Harbor Express - March 2014

Imagine a farmer searching for ways to get the most out of a bumper crop of strawberries this June. Besides selling them by the quart, along with every other farmer whose crop has just come in, he might want to try his hand at making jam to sell at the farmers market later in the season. The same might be true of a cook who wants to use local tomatoes to sell the sauce her friends have been raving about for years.

Getting Fresh Local Food to Those in Need

Edible East End - November 2013

Amagansett Food Institute has partnered with Long Island Cares, the island’s biggest food bank and a leader in the fight against hunger.

Amagansett Food Institute Partners with LI Cares to Make Fresh Produce Accessible

The Sag Harbor Express - July 2013

The Amagansett Food Institute (AFI) is a not-for-profit that supports farmers and food producers on the East End. With more than twenty members from local farms, beverage producers, bakeries and salt mongers, AFI is constantly looking for new ways to contribute to a thriving local food economy. They have helped in creating farm apprenticeships, education initiatives, and are currently working on establishing a commercial kitchen incubator locally. But one recent triumph came when AFI partnered up with Long Island Cares to close a gap in the food system, bringing fresh local produce to people who really need it.