Betsy Davidson is the editor at large of Edible Long Island.

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Bountiful Synergy

All the fresh lettuce that chef Matthew Connors could serve at his Bay Shore restaurant, the LakeHouse, grows just nine miles away at a CSA on the grounds of the Bayard Cutting Arboretum, a New York state park. This synergy is a brilliant exemplification of the farm-to-table movement at its best.

KELP: Eat Like a Fish

Ecological redemption is what Bren Smith refers to when discussing his metamorphosis from commercial fisherman to seaweed farmer. Like many from Newfoundland, Canada, Smith has salt water running through his veins. Dropping out of high school at 14, Smith headed for a life on the high seas.

And the Local Hero Award Goes to…

Unlike the Oscars where the winners are selected by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, our Local Hero awards are selected by you, the readers of Edible Long Island. After nearly two weeks of very active voting, Long Islanders have spoken and Local Heroes have been selected in the following categories: