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Know your (local) sources.
"It may be ‘trendy,’ but farm-to-table really is the healthiest way to eat," says Danielle. "The emphasis restaurants are putting on it is amazing, and it's made eating as a 'foodie' healthier and more enjoyable. It's nice to know where your food is coming from."
Consider shelf-life: Shopping fresh doesn't mean shopping only for tonight.
"We originally wanted to plan this weekend's menu around what was fresh and local. Corn is always an obvious choice in summer, so we definitely had that in mind, too! If you buy in bulk early in the week, it's easy to portion out and use throughout the week in various dishes or as snacks," says Laura.
Don't limit yourself to what's edible.
"Fresh flowers are a lot like local, fresh produce. They kind of do the work for you when it comes to setting the table!" says Danielle. "The Amagansett market is one of our favorites in the Hamptons. It's small enough that it's not overwhelming, but it still has everything you need."
Get to know the people behind the stands.
"When you're shopping at farmers' markets, there’s also a great story behind the food. Now we're more familiar with the people behind what’s on our plates, which is really special," says Laura.
Photographed at Eli Zabar's Amagansett Farmer's Market, 367 Main Street, Amagansett; 631-267-3894.