Third technology farmer Will Lee at his family’s natural Peconic farm, which was recognized by his mothers and fathers extra than 30 a long time back. (Credit: Sang Lee Farms/Instagram)
For our new collection on healthful meal suggestions, we’re heading straight to the supply: the persons at the rear of the North Fork’s pristine develop, seafood and poultry. Understand what a day of taking in seems like at their households.
William Lee & Lucy Senesac | Sang Lee Farms
William Lee grew up on Sang Lee farm, in which he remembers ingesting meals of greens, rice and thinly sliced flank steak. Now he and his lover Lucy Senesac jointly work the farm with his father, Fred Lee. The pair has a food plan driven by what’s readily available regionally and supplemented by William’s hobbies, spearfishing and looking. The two operate on espresso in the morning, and make their other foods from the farm’s bounty.
“We wake up rather early most times, so Are inclined Espresso is on automatic timer. We can wake up to its scent in the morning. Bulletproof coffee for Lucy (coffee combined with butter) and black espresso for me as we get likely to do the job on the farm — a shorter walk down the route as we are living next to the major farm office environment and barnyard. Living this shut to the farm has drastically afflicted our taking in behaviors as we can pop home whenever we want and consume all our foods in this article. We have an out of doors fish cleaning desk and sink to support clear up new veggies picked straight out of the subject. Our crew usually takes a 15 minute coffee split in the a.m. and p.m. and an hour lunch break so we test to swing residence in the course of people situations. Breakfast is Browder’s eggs in excess of-simple in our forged iron skillet cooked in rendered bacon body fat from our have pigs we raised. If we have time, we cook bacon as very well, more crispy, and major with half an avocado and the Ferm’s [a local kombucha brand] spicy kimchi for that excellent protein as well as extra fat in addition probiotic combo to get us as a result of extensive farm times.
We make large dinners so for that reason we are Big on leftovers, so lunch is normally a heated up combo of what we ate for evening meal the evening before. At the time a week we go out to Goodfood (hen milanese sandwich) or Erik’s for lunch. In the summer months, our lunches are mainly watermelon, with a few heirloom tomatoes mixed in for very good measure. For genuine, we consume seedless watermelon at every single food in August. It is the emphasize of our season and my beloved food stuff time period.
For meal, Lucy is normally house prior to me whipping up a locavorian food, which is how we take in and what we live by. We generally have a entire freezer of our very own elevated pork (or TJ’s pork from Deep Roots Farm), Mecox beef, Browder’s chickens, farm raised venison and fish that I shot spearfishing (black sea bass, blackfish and striped bass). We don’t really go to the grocery retail store for veggies and meat, only dry merchandise and condiments, and we try out not to try to eat commercially elevated meat solutions except if ingesting at a cafe. We hardly ever consume farmed fish and do not help the new hydroponic ‘organic’ fruits and veggies that are now accessible. We believe that in the soil, the regional ecosystem and cutting down the use of antibiotics and plastics in our foods system.
The conclusion of the working day is a wonderful time to unwind and replicate on the essential conclusions and pathway you pick out. Harvesting for a food and concentrating on nourishing your self is a wonderful meditation.
Our meals are straightforward, featuring white rice, a protein and a veggie. We microplane ginger and garlic as properly as some sesame oil in the rice before cooking it in our rice cooker (we cook dinner all grains in here). We do not make complicated issues. Lucy roasts whichever root veggie is in season (carrots, beets, sweet potato, potato, cabbage, broccoli, cauli) lower up on a significant tray in our convection oven at 400 for 20 to 30 minutes. She also sautés or stir-fries greens almost every night. Our preferred is u-choy (flowering toddler cabbage), but other evenings we go for garlic and spinach, napa cabbage or kale. We like to add in some shade and taste with a thinly sliced bell pepper or a jar of preserved heirloom tomatoes from the farm (or refreshing when in period). We prime it off with local shiitake mushrooms sautéed and browned.
Scallions, cilantro and ginger are in or on top of most things we cook dinner and are a basic component of Asian cuisine. We develop them in a smaller raised mattress in close proximity to our residence so we can cut some rapidly if we forget to get them from the area. We take pleasure in walking the significant tunnels and close by fields in the early night and at sunset to reduce a thing refreshing for evening meal. We have a myriad of perennial vegetation right here on the residence farm, and there is often a little something healthy and new to harvest close by. The finish of the day is a great time to unwind and mirror on the basic conclusions and pathway you opt for. Harvesting for a food and concentrating on nourishing yourself is a excellent meditation.
We have [Sang Lee] board of administrators meetings at the time a 7 days, Fred, Lucy and I, so we alternate choosing up breakfast locally for our conferences. Erik’s Ranchero egg wraps or North Fork Roasting Company’s duck hash with chili egg are the two alternating choices for us. On those people days we are a lot less hungry for lunch, so we at times have a late snack on the go like just one of our 10 amazing veggie-crammed soups that we make in the farm kitchen — hearty kale, spring veggie or spicy cabbage are our favorites.
Tonight for dinner, we grabbed a deal of thinly sliced venison cutlets from our freezer reserves. This thaws quickly and can be additional to sauteed greens and rice in a half hour. Eating what is neighborhood and what’s in season could be the finest factor for you, our community and the earth. Any and all foodstuff scraps are returned to the earth by composting. Maintaining food items squander out of the rubbish is one particular of the ideal techniques every person can cut down their “carbon footprint” Ingesting seasonal, ingesting community and composting are some of the finest strategies to build wholesome soil and a healthful natural environment below on the North Fork!