My roommate and I belong to our neighborhood csa, who's farm source is Garden of Eve on Long Island. For anyone unfamiliar with csa's (community supported agriculture) they're a win/win/win socio-economic model of agriculture distribution that brings fresh-from-the-farm produce [almost] directly to your table. By purchasing a share before the local season, you're guaranteeing income for your farmers, getting fresh produce every week, cutting down on greenhouse emissions (by reducing shipping distance) and having the peace of mind of knowing exactly where your food is coming from.
Wanting to complete the latter part of this awesomeness, we took a trip out to our farm for a tour and bbq/picnic.
First stop: feeding the goats and sheep. Making a mental note to come back next month for GARLIC FEST!
There's a farm stand in front of the property where any passerby can pull up and buy some fresh produce, eggs or misc local goods.
The good stuff.
The chicken field, my favorite part of the trip. The guy kneeling here is the food dude from "Queer Eye for the Straight Guy" and the lady in blue to the right is Eve, of Garden of Eve (a.k.a. our farmer!)
What's up, chicken butt?
Guard dogs. They LOVE chickens. Literally.
"It's easiest to pick them up when their head is stuck in a melon."