There’s an age-old way to extend summer’s bounty: Preserve it in jars and bottles. That’s the focus of About Food, a charming little shop on Southold’s main drag.
About Food opened in February, in the storefront that used to house A Taste of the North Fork. Owner GP Lane, who had worked at the previous store for a few years, took over in February. Not only did he rename the shop, he also changed the range of goods offered.
There are still scores of local pickles, sauces, jams, jellies and spreads. They are made in Riverhead’s new Farmer’s Kitchen using strictly local ingredients. Highlights include a vivid red hot sauce, jalapeño jelly, lavender honey, coarse-grained mustard and slender baguettes scented with anise seed. From the freezer, a vibrant pesto made from garlic scapes (green stems), olive oil, Parmesan, pine nuts and lemon juice. This would be a terrific base for crostini, or an accompaniment for chicken or fish.
But Lane has also brought in products from all over the globe that he thinks his customers would enjoy: There’s Crown maple syrup from Dutchess County; James Keillor & Son Dundee lime marmalade from the U.K.; Italian Volcano blood-orange juice from Sicily. For the special-diet set there is Arrowhead Mills gluten-free pancake mix and organic selections ranging from ghee (clarified butter) from Organic Valley to teas from Choice.
About Food is open year-round, Thursday to Monday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
53975 Main Rd., Southold; 631-876-5757, aboutfoodsouthold.com