Huntington’s only roadside farm stand, Kerber’s, was established in 1941. Sadly, the landmark property had fallen into disrepair and was marked for development, much to the dismay of longtime locals who grew up eating the farm’s eggs, ice cream, produce and pies.
Huntington native Nick Voulgaris III, who has fond memories of visiting the farm as a child, purchased the property in 2013 and opened quietly last fall. With an eye for design and a talent for restoration, Voulgaris gave Kerber’s Farm a much-needed makeover, complete with whitewashed walls, exposed beam ceilings and subway tiled floors. A chalkboard menu boasts items such as egg sandwiches on savory housemade cheddar biscuits, crumbly lemon scones with sugar glaze, assorted full-size and mini fruit pies, and fresh croissants. Pastry chef Danna Abrams, formerly of NYC’s Momofuku Milk Bar, has perfected the use of an all-butter crust in her confections and creates everything from scratch.
Stop in and pick up Kerber’s own honey and jams, as well as local farm-fresh eggs (Kerber’s own coops are coming soon) and produce. A handy banner in the adjacent farm stand informs customers of what’s in season locally and lists the purveyors who keep it stocked with local produce, when the crops don’t come right from Kerber’s own gardens. Looking for that perfect gift? Kerber’s also sells an impressive collection of eclectic home accessories and vintage furniture that mirror the effortless rustic chic that will make you fall in love with the farm stand itself.
Starting this summer, fresh lobster rolls, roasted corn and apple pie milkshakes (a slice of their own apple pie blended with vanilla ice cream) will be served out of a takeout window and counter.
If you’re looking for East End appeal without the traffic this summer, put Kerber’s on your short list. It’s the most stylish farm stand this side of Southampton. Sit in the sun, listen to jazz standards floating on the breeze through the shop’s open window, breathe in the mouthwatering scent of pies baking, and nosh on a lobster roll. You’ll remember just how lucky you are to live on Long Island in the summer.