It’s there in every tomato picked out at a farm stand, every corn stalk that rises in a field. The roots of our farming history, running deep across the Hamptons and the North Fork. In those tangible ties of past and present, the bounty and beauty, there has also always been the reminder of the fragility of the farms, the moments waiting in unpredictable futures that quickly become challenges in the present.
When it comes to agriculture on the East End during COVID-19, farmers have had to adjust business models like never before as their clientele shifted, while also figuring out ways to keep customers and employees safe. For some, an influx of New York City residents has driven extra business. Others, who rely on New York City and area restaurant orders, have needed to adapt as they face lost sales and low production.