East Durham Farms: Piglets, Eggs, Asparagus, Friends
East Durham Farms is one of the main reasons I started writing about the Catskills.
Whether you're a local or a weekender, it's totally worth seeking out this little farm stand at 175 Brown Road in East Durham. In the past year, I've written about their sun-sweetened peas, their kid-friendly farm animals, their impossibly delicious tomatoes, and their pumpkins and Thanksgiving turkeys. I love this place.
I've been traveling to my grandfather's land in the town of Durham since I was a kid, but as I wrote in one of my very first posts, I'd never met a farmer in the area until I started coming here. Nowadays, when we show up at East Durham Farms, we're greeted with hugs and brought right through the barn to see the piglets. As you can see, they're super cute.
We took home our typical order of eggs, honey, and just-picked vegetables. This time, Farmer Chris had just cut some asparagus, which was tender through the entire stalk and surprisingly sweet. We lightly broiled the asparagus spears with butter, salt, and pepper and ate the whole bunch as an afternoon snack. And ever since I read that eating local honey can help you develop an immunity to local pollen, I've been consuming their dark, delicious honey on the daily. I'm sure there are many other variables here, but I really do think my upstate allergies are much better than they were when I was a kid.
And, as always, the eggs have such bright, golden yolks that my homemade omelettes glow and all my baked goods have a sunnier hue. It wasn't until I got home to Brooklyn with our second dozen that I noticed the new East Durham Farm-branded egg cartons! Looking good, guys!
East Durham Farms is located at 175 Brown Road. They're generally open on from 10am to 6pm on Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays but you may want to give them a ring before you visit to make sure they're around. For more info, check their Facebook page and website.