“Jim Pike grew up in New York's Westchester County and dreamed of being a farmer, so he moved to Bridgehampton and started growing the most wonderful vegetables. Visiting Jennifer at the stand is truly one of my great pleasures. They're best known for their corn, tomatoes, and basil, but their vegetables and melons are truly special, too.”
—Ina Garten, Barefoot Contessa at Home
We farm about 65 acres in and around Sagaponack. Most of our farmland is leased, since even preserved farmland in the Hamptons is rather expensive.
About 20 acres each year is set aside for sweet corn production. Jim spends his winters searching for the sweetest varieties available. He plants corn about every three days in the summer, since the peak of each ear's flavor only lasts that long.
The next largest crop is tomatoes. We grow over 25 varieties, and will plant more than 20,000 plants during the season. We start all of our transplants (except leeks and onions) from seed in our greenhouse. This allows the most control over variety, health, and timing of our plants. We will plant five different crops of tomatoes over the course of a season, plus the Greenhouse Tomatoes, which will grow entirely inside and produce tasty tomatoes in June, a full month before field harvest begins.
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