The coming of the summer solstice brought with it perfectly idyllic weather that made my now routine Saturday morning drive through the heart of the Springs particularly pleasurable and uplifting to my spirit. While I used to rely heavily on emailed happenings to materialize a column and often fretted on weeks when there was little or none, it’s turning out that all I have to do is simply travel down a few Springs roads, and something always inspires me.Actually, I recommend this car jaunt, as a starting point to anyone who would like to spend a pleasant summer’s day here in the Hamptons, but hasn’t yet formed a plan. Begin the day by traveling east down either of the roads that form a fork on North Main Street, and you will soon see why our sweet, little hamlet attracted so many world-renowned artists. Gorgeous bay beaches, quaint country markets, the duck pond, a sweet library, on and on …. The Springs offers so many lovely venues to enjoy whatever summer pastime may tickle your fancy such as paddle boarding, biking, hiking, fishing, or just simply relaxing with a picnic.
As usual, I pulled over to say hello to my friends at the Springs Farmers Market, which is set up on the grounds of Ashawagh Hall every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. As well as all the locally grown bounty that keeps me coming, I am making a point of getting better acquainted with the special offerings of one table each week to highlight in this column.
So, this week, I was drawn to a table laden with gleaming jars of naturally colorful jams, preserves, chutneys, barbecue sauces and much more, all the handiwork of Laura and Sean O’Brien’s company named for their daughter “Josephine’s Feast.” I had a nice chat with Joseph, an employee of four years, manning the booth. “We are as local as local can be. Everything is handmade.” Joseph told me proudly.
Looking up their website, www.josephinesfeast.com, I was impressed to learn that they work directly with family owned farms on both the North and South forks, and also with individual wild produce foragers. All these lovely jars of homey goodness are made the old-fashioned way in small batches, making them extra-special gifts, especially for oneself. Not surprisingly, they are 2013 winners of The Good Food Award. So, that’s just another reason to stop by the market next Saturday. Those who do between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. will be treated to musical accompaniment with a Brazilian flair by Ann Harper and Joe MacDonald. It really is a nice thing to do!
If you are hankering for that most popular of crustacean meals, be sure to reserve now for the best deal ever “Lobster Dinner,” eat in or take-out, at the Springs Community Presbyterian Church. located at 5 Old Stone Highway, this Saturday from 5 to 8 p.m. A yummy feast of local lobster, coleslaw, corn-tomato salad, red potatoes, rolls, beverages, and strawberry shortcake is offered at the amazing price of just $35. The quantity is limited, so don’t delay. For tickets call 631-324-4791 or 631-655-2293 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Pig Pen Produce farm stand reopens for the season this Saturday, and is open seven days a week. It’s an easy, convenient spot to gather your fresh produce or pick up a fresh bouquet or homemade pie to bring along to a party. Owner Gina Carvis, is laid back and always welcoming. While we are blessed on the East End with so many wonderful farm stands to choose from, this one is perfect for those like me who are looking for high quality produce while having a charmingly countrified shopping experience, minus an overwhelming crowd. It’s so easy to stop at this spot located at 240 Three Mile Harbor Road … Just look for the signature pink truck and the famous, flying pink pig!
On a sad note, I’ve just received news that lifelong Springs’ resident Anne Collins has passed away. She and her late husband Tom Collins were active members of our community and the church. My father grew up as close friends with their son “Crockie,” and the Collinses were one of the first families here to extend their warm friendship to my mother when she was in culture shock having newly arrived here as a young woman from Korea. Anne was such a great lady, well-loved in the community, and will be hugely missed. My heartfelt condolences and prayers go out to the Collins family and all of her loved ones.
To end on a joyous note, the coming of the summer solstice has brought our community a brand new, beautiful baby girl. Born on June 21 at Southampton Hospital, Lila Lucille Jordan joins her big sister Gigi Maxine. Congratulations to her parents, Amy and Christopher Jordan who reside in Springs. Welcome to the world Lila!
Good wishes for a beautiful week ahead everyone. Be safe, happy, and enjoy!