Crossroads Farm at Grossmann's
480 Hempstead Ave., Malverne, NY 516-881-7900
Malverne mourned when Grossmann's Farm closed in 2007 after more than 100 years in business. But through the offices of the Nassau Land Trust, local residents and nonprofit environmental groups, the farm was reborn in April 2011 as Crossroads Farm at Grossmann's.
Now, said lead farmer Bill Walsh, "we are approaching the height of the season," and Crossroads' farm store is offering Malverne-grown certified organic tomatoes ($2.49 a pound), cucumbers ($1.49), yellow and green squash ($1.99), peppers and eggplants (both $3.39) as well as beets, herbs, chard and squash blossoms.
Right now, about half of the farm's 4-plus acres are under cultivation. Walsh works the land with two staff members and a rotating team of volunteers. To fill out the store's shelves, produce from a number of East End farms is trucked in: fruit from Wickham's, vegetables from Krupski's and Wesnofske's, eggs from Garden of Eve, and corn from Rottkamp's in Calverton.
Lisa Mitten, whose title "lead consultant" hardly does justice to her stewardship of the whole operation, pointed out that growing and selling produce is only part of what Crossroads is trying to accomplish. "We have become a hub for people in southern Nassau who care about sustainable agriculture," she said. "People come not only to shop, but to learn from the people who work here how to grow food themselves, and how to live healthily in suburban America."Hours: 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday (closed Monday)