As the adage goes, “Good things come to those who wait.” Well, Long Island, you have waited, and good things are coming your way. Welcome to the first issue of Edible Long Island.
As the newest member of the Edible Communities family, we are joining our sister publications, Edible East End, Edible Brooklyn and Edible Manhattan, in telling the stories of what we eat and drink, season by season. Founded in 2002, Edible Communities is literally a community of publications (77 strong…and growing) in the United States and Canada that share a common commitment to the simple celebration of local food. This, our first issue, is a digital-only exclusive, which can be read (and shared) on any screen. Our print issue will be available this fall at your favorite restaurants, wine shops, farmers markets, independent booksellers and the like, as well as by subscription.
We Long Islanders are diverse, curious and resilient. We work hard and we play hard. We are hungry and we are thirsty. Crisscrossing Long Island from the Five Towns to Wading River, Great Neck to East Moriches and everywhere in between, Edible Long Island will narrate the stories of the farmers, fishermen, chefs, merchants, brewers, vintners, artisanal entrepreneurs, home gardeners and home cooks who feed us. We will tour farms and community gardens, nose out the newest breweries and ferret out the best spot for foraging wild mushrooms. We will visit historical eateries while meeting some of their otherworldly guests, share recipes from both Nonna and celebrated chefs and go on some ethnic culinary adventures right here on Long Island.
In this introductory digital edition of Edible Long Island, we delve into the post-Civil War history of the Greenlawn Pickle Festival, discover a rooftop farm at Stony Brook University Hospital, go in the kitchen with L.I. restaurateur Tom Schaudel and dine al fresco on the gravel at the Shack in Centerport. We visited Freeport’s Nautical Mile to see how they are faring post-Sandy, and we went foraging for dinner on the beach on Fire Island (Doug Young’s cover photo with Miss Amy’s toppings is not only mouthwatering, but framable). We have recipes for what’s in season and a complete listing of the farmers markets throughout Nassau and Western Suffolk Counties. Much like a bountiful family dinner, there is more room at the table and plenty for everyone.
Married to a Long Island Sound bayman, I am a committed organic gardener and writer, living in Huntington—we are hunters and gatherers who also enjoy a night out on the town savoring the best food and drink that our island has to offer. Seeing Edible Long Island come to fruition has been a dream of mine ever since I first held a copy of Edible East End in my hands six years ago. Come join me, as we explore, through our print magazine, website, social media and tasty events, the whos, the whys and the wheres of how Long Island eats and drinks. It’s about time.
Betsy Davidson, Editor
P.S. Edible Long Island welcomes feedback, input and suggestions. Please feel free to e-mail me your thoughts at firstname.lastname@example.org.