Welcome to the eighth Edible Eat of the Week! A recurring series, Edible Eat of the Week celebrates the bounty of Long Island by showcasing special, seasonal eats and the people who make them.
The Eat: A peach tartine that puts our late, local peach harvest to delicious use.
The Place: The Village Cheese Shop in Mattituck.
The Story: We never need a reason to head to Mattituck’s Love Lane. The idyllic little street contains so many of our favorite things: quaint and charming gift shops, Love Lane Kitchen, Lombardi’s Market, and of course the Village Cheese Shop. We head to the latter often for their amazing selection of meats and cheeses, and often linger at their cafe over a pot of fondue or any one of their expertly curated cheese boards.
But this week, we can’t get enough of something else on the Village Cheese Shop menu: their peach tartine, made with local peaches from Wickham’s Fruit Farm.
What exactly is tartine, you ask? In French, the phrase literally means “a slice of bread,” but you’ll mostly find it on menus today as an open-faced sandwich with a variety of seasonal or artisanal toppings.
On this particular tartine at the Village Cheese Shop, for example, you’ll find peaches, goat cheese, honey and basil.
“Can’t get more local and seasonal than this,” says Michael Affatato, owner of the Village Cheese Shop. “[Our peach tartine] oozes ‘Summer’ with its color, texture and myriad of flavors. We love the peaches’ freshness and bright acidity paired with the fresh chèvre goat cheese, local honey (made 2 miles away!) and fresh basil.”
Served alongside a beautiful, fresh green salad, this tartine is exactly what we want to eat right now—before our palates dive headlong into apple, cinnamon and pumpkin spice. So enjoy it with us, while we all can; it will only last as long as the summer.
Pro Tip: Take your tartine to go and enjoy it someplace beautiful—with a glass of local Sauvignon Blanc or dry rosé. And if you’re coming from western Suffolk or Nassau, stop at Briermere on your way home and pick up a raspberry cream pie for dessert (just trust us).