As social distancing is still taking place on Long Island and the rest of New York, it can be hard to find new things to do in a safe manner with friends and family. Lately it has been the simple activities in life that have kept residents sane and feeling that return of normalcy. This can entail taking a walk in a park, enjoying the family more and going to the grocery store.
Speaking of the grocery store, why not spend some time supporting a local farmer’s market like Young’s Farm? With their long history and many offerings, they have become a long-time favorite among the community. Here’s Why!
More than Fresh Produce is Sold For starters, they not only carry fresh, delicious produce, but they also offer several more food items for customers. These are the most common items sold:
- Shortbread cookies
- Homemade soups
- Brussel sprouts
With this wide range of items, the need for the grocery store may be reduced significantly and more money can be circulated among the locals. All Products are Local All products that are sold are local, so there’s very little outsourcing from bigger companies involved. Bakeries and farmers alike appreciate that they have a bigger outlet to sell their crops and baking goods.
It is a Family Business
Not only is this a family business, but Young’s Farm has also quite a long history under them. The farmer market was established in 1893 because of a marriage between the Youngs and the Hegemans. The farm is located on Hegeman’s Lane! Now in their fourth and fifth generation of the Youngs Family, the business continues to thrive as well as when it first opened and there is no future to slow down now.
Youngs Farm Hours:
Tuesday to Saturday – 10am to 5pm
Sunday – 11am to 4pm
91 Hegemans Ln, Glen Head, NY 11545
S’more season is almost over! We couldn’t be more delighted to break out the ingredients and fire pit for this summertime treat. With so many people making a s’more the same way year after year, we’ve rounded up a few wonderful substitutes for friends and family to try out together.
Add Ghirardelli Squares
Switch up the flavor of the chocolate in your stack. Whether you’re a caramel lover or are in need of a taste of raspberries, Ghirardelli packs the perfect serving that fits perfectly between a roasted marshmallow and a graham cracker. With all of the different flavors the brand sells, what could be better?
Replace the Chocolate with a Peanut Butter Cup
If you’re a peanut butter lover, raise your hands! Get your peanut butter fix by replacing a basic chocolate square with a peanut butter cup. Better yet, take a jar of peanut butter, and swipe a spoonful on top of your current chocolate piece of choice.
Switch out the Graham Crackers
Don’t get it wrong! Graham crackers are fantastic, but don’t they feel a little repetitive? Time to let your favorite cookies shine by securing them on the dessert instead. Think Oreos or even Keebler cookies. Whatever they may be, feel free to give them a try!
Fill Them With Candied Bacon
We know you love bacon, but do you love it enough to add it into a s’more? Candied bacon is a next-level addition to a s’more, and it deserves to be tried at least once. Put your taste buds to the test, and add as much or as little as you desire.
Do you live in New York, but are craving the food made to be served on the west coast? Zim Zari is the restaurant here to fill your void in the most delicious way possible. Specializing in Mexican fare such as quesadillas and fajitas, the dishes are great for a day out with friends or family.
These are some of the other great features Zim Zari offers that make the restaurant worth the visit.
They Offer Daily Deals
What is better than getting a deal during any day of the week? With special promos such as $8 margaritas and $2 tacos, there is nothing better than enjoying a quality meal at a fraction of the price. On Sunday specifically, kids can eat free all day long, so it is a perfect spot to go when trying to get the kids out of the house.
Try Out this Menu Item
We love a traditional taco, but have you tried one as unique as the short rib? Prepared with short rib, tater tots, horseradish aioli and pickled red onion, this taco is sure to deliver with unique flavor and complementary pairings.
Have Your Party Catered
Able to serve up to 25 people, have Zim Zari cater your next party with the ultimate feast. With a choice of a nacho bar salad, tacos, burritos and chips and salsa, they offer a diverse selection that not many restaurants normally can for large parties.
Visit After a Day at the Beach
After a long day out on the beach pit stop at Zim Zari for a nice dinner to finish out the evening. Since it is a short drive from the beach itself, it is the perfect spot to go without having to drive far out of the way home.
When people say they are from Long Island, we cannot help but think how much of a treat that is for those that have a home there. Hearing people talk about how there is everything you can think of on that island, they really do mean everything. From living in a place that experiences all four seasons to having the space to raise a family, Long Island is always ready to be called a home. We have put together another whole list as to why this location is simply the best.
It is an Escape From the City
For those that love the hustle and bustle of the city but cannot see themselves living in it 24/7, the easiest escape is to Long Island. There is plenty of affordable space, so people are not overpaying for their humble abode. It is also an easy commute for those that need the balance of a busy weekday with a relaxing weekend. No matter what, Long Island will always welcome newcomers with open arms.
Easy Commute to the Beach
Compared to the rest of the United States, it is a rare occasion where people can find themselves living a maximum of 20 minutes away from the beach. Since there is a few that are owned by the different towns, beach-goers can always expect a clean space and relaxing area to bring family or friends. It is also one of the few areas in the country that is not just considered a beach town, but a place where people live year-round.
Access to Farms
If you are craving fresh produce and tired of going to the grocery store, change up the scenery and visit a local farm. Shoppers can support local areas and can pick them own fresh fruit and vegetables. Apple picking is one of the more popular activities in the Fall. It is also a great excuse to open the cookbook and start making some healthy, tasty meals.
Endless Options for Hiking
Contrary to popular belief, the island is not just a flat stretched piece of land. There are plenty of popular spots with mountains and trails to go hiking all throughout the island. People have even been able to escape the city and go camping for one of their vacations.
There are So Many Historic Spots to Visit
Long Island is a huge area with unlimited historical stories. Whether it is an old town the family wants to visit to go shopping or taking the day to tour a few museums, this is one of the areas where locals can immerse themselves in history lessons time after time.
It is Home to One of the Country’s Largest Shopping Malls
Even the biggest shopaholics will never have to leave the island to brace Soho or fifth avenue again. Home to one of the biggest malls in the country, almost any store a shopper can think of, they will be able to find all near the comfort of their own home. The Roosevelt Field mall is the largest on the island, which is home to 256 stores alone.
There are Many Transportation Options
When people think of Long Island, they may think people need to have a car to get around where they need to go. That is not necessarily true. With transportation options such as the Long Island Railroad and buses, there are plenty of ways for locals to get around without having to rely solely on a car. This is also perfect for those that work in the city but do not want to worry about having to drive and pay for parking.
It is Home to Many Celebrities You Know Today
Many major celebrities you know, and love today have grown up on Long Island. People such as Mariah Carey, Alec Baldwin and even Natalie Portman used to all call it home. Being that the majority of spots in this country have never had celebrities living there, it is always a nice bonus to be able to have a neighborhood in common.
While the name might raise an eyebrow, this quaint donut shop has pulled our heart strings with cuteness overload and delicious sweet treats. Duck Donuts was founded in Duck, North Carolina (hence the name) in 2007 when the founder, Russell A. DiGilio noticed there was not a truly good place to go out for a tasty donut and coffee to match.
After opening one store, DiGilio’s brand grew immensely popular to the point where his brand now operates 215 locations in 22 states. One reason is how dedicated they are to being family-friendly, offering donuts to everyone. Every store is accommodated with a staff that’s nothing but customer oriented.
Duck Donuts certainly satisfies on Long Island too. Located in Hauppauge, it is a central spot on the island for families and friends to gather throughout the year. In fact, the location is right off Veteran’s Memorial Highway and near a few local parks, inviting commuters to stop by before they head into the office or to pit stop with the kids before heading to the park.
His donuts are honestly delightful too. From offering the classics to new seasonal favorites, there is an option for nearly everyone’s cravings. This spring, Duck Donuts launched a seasonal menu with unique flavors all tailored to the season. If you are feeling the fresh, warm weather, opt for Candied Lime, a cinnamon sugared donut topped with key lime drizzle. If you enjoy a more traditional pastry, then their powdered sugar will suffice.
If venturing to a store for the taste of a quality morning goodie is not enough, this donut franchise is also known to give back in one of the best ways. Duck Donuts has teamed up with Gabe’s Chemo Duck Program to assist children undergoing chemotherapy treatment. Their efforts supply children with stuffed ducks in scrubs also going through treatment, medical play, and any other therapeutic tools. Since partnering with them in 2017, the team has collectively raised over $140,000 and continues to support in the most beneficial ways possible.
Although most locations are currently closed due to coronavirus, Duck Donuts is still making an effort to bring a smile to everyone’s face! By calling ahead, the store is offering curb-side pick-up and home deliveries for those looking to indulge in a sweet treat. To support, give them a call at (631) 656-8400 or visit the website here.
The reliable. The practical. The Crock Pot Chicken and Rice!
Crock Pot Chicken and Rice is the star of healthy slow cooker recipes. It’s not flashy. It’s not exotic. It’s mild enough for picky eaters but flavorful enough for more adventurous appetites. It’s freezer friendly and tastes great left over.
Using long Grain Brown Rice is higher in fiber and protein. Brown rice is also a bit heartier, so it can handle the longer cooking time better that comes along with any slow cooker meal.
Slow Cook on high.
Don’t Over Do the Onion. Unless you are a raw onion fan, be sure to chop the onion very finely and don’t add too much. If you are using an onion and concerned about it being too strong, you can sauté it on the stove before adding it to the crock pot.
Do Not Over Cook the Chicken. The chicken breasts will finish cooking before the rice. Be sure to remove them as soon as the internal temp reaches 160 – 165 degrees, then recover the crock pot and continue cooking the rice and vegetables until the rice is tender.
Season to Taste. This recipe suggests salt, pepper, thyme, and Dijon mustard. Feel free to adjust each of these to suit your and your family’s tastes.
This recipe is perfect if you are looking for an easy, healthy crock pot chicken recipe to steer you through a busy week!
- 1 cup long-grain brown rice — do not substitute any other kind of rice, including short grain, instant, or white, as the cooking time and liquid ratios will not be the same
- 1 1/2 cups diced carrots — (about 4 carrots)
- 1 small shallot — finely chopped, about 1/4 cup (you can also use 1/2 of a small regular onion, if you do not prefer the more mild flavor of the shallot)
- 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
- 1 1/2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts — (or chicken thighs)
- 1 1/2 teaspoons garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon dried thyme
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 2 1/2–3 1/2 cups low-sodium chicken broth
- 1 cup frozen peas
- 1/2 cup nonfat plain Greek yogurt
- 1/2 cup freshly grated sharp cheddar cheese
- Chopped fresh parsley — optional for serving
Lightly coat a 5-quart or larger slow cooker with nonstick spray.
Add the rice, carrots, shallot, and Dijon mustard, and stir to combine.
Arrange the chicken breasts on top, then sprinkle with the garlic powder, thyme, salt, and pepper.
Pour in the chicken broth.
Cover and cook on HIGH for 1 1/2 to 2 1/2 hours, until the chicken is cooked through.
Remove the chicken onto a plate and cover to keep warm.
Stir the rice, vegetables, and broth, then re-cover and continue cooking on high until the rice is tender, about 1 additional hour.
Uncover and stir in the peas and Greek yogurt.
Dice the chicken and stir it in with 1/4 cup cheddar cheese.
Sprinkle the remaining cheese over the top, then re-cover and cook for a few additional minutes on high until the cheese is melted.
Serve warm, sprinkled with fresh parsley as desired.