Whether you're in the market for peaches or pumpkins, turnips or tomatoes, buying directly from the farmer ensures the freshest produce.
In addition to fresh ingredients, you also get the opportunity to learn from someone who knows exactly how it was grown and interesting ways to prepare it.
Here's where to find farm stands on Long Island.
--Compiled by Erica Marcus
For a locavore's Thanksgiving dinner, Sylvia Carter and Erica Marcus prepared a medley made from some of local ingredients here ? broccoli, bok choy, acorn squash, leeks, sage, carrots and celery ? at Paumanok Vineyards in Aquebogue. (Nov. 3, 2009) Photo Credit: Newsday/Rebecca Cooney