309 W. Pulaski Rd. Huntington 631-423-4400
As Huntington grew into one of Long Island's most vibrant urban centers, Kerber's Farm stood for decades, untouched, on an undeveloped stretch of Pulaski Road. From its establishment by Peter Kerber in 1941 until the death of its last owner, Kay Makinajian, in 2008, it was the town's go-to spot for fresh poultry, both uncooked and expertly roasted, barbecued and fried.
On Aug. 31, the farm stand reopened. "People have come in and just started crying," said Nick Voulgaris III, who bought the property over the winter and has restored the retail operation with respect and flair.
Behind the white, low-slung store, the 2-acre farm comprises tilled fields and three barns in various states of dilapidation. Voulgaris, an entrepreneur who grew up in Huntington, plans to restore the barns and install a flock of laying hens, to plant an apple orchard and to grow as many crops as possible.
For now, the store is selling the farm's own tomatoes, kale, peppers, string beans and honey ($12 for 12 ounces). From other Long Island farms come corn, lettuce and squash. (From farther afield: bananas, grapes, onions and any other vegetable you'd need.)
The confectionary operation at Kerber's Farm is emphatically not a work in progress. Pastry chef Danna Abrams has catapulted into the top tier of local bakers with homey fruit pies ($24, $5.95 for a mini) made with all-butter crusts, textbook Linzer torte cookies ($4), bracing lemon bars ($3.95) and a blessedly savory (and really corny) corn muffin ($3.50). Stop by for breakfast and enjoy an egg sandwich on a Cheddar biscuit ($2.95).
Photo: Nick Voulgaris III, the new owner of Kerber's Farm in Huntington, holds a fresh-baked apple pie. (Sept. 29, 2013)