Snail of Approval for Local Farmstands

Caption, left to right: Jeannie Calderale, SFEE Snail of Approval Committee Member: Robin Tyson-Stoehr; SFEE Guest Leader and Snail of Approval Committee Chair; Jesse Wellen, Green Thumb Organic Farm; Pierre Friedrichs; SFEE Chapter Chair; Jo Halsey and Ray Wellen (on Dad’s tractor), Larry Halsey, Madeline “Peachie” Halsey, Bill Halsey, Patti Wellen, Madeline Storch, Green Thumb Organic Farm.

Slow Food East End announced last week that Green Thumb Organic Farm and Sang Lee Farms are the first farm stand recipients of the chapter’s prestigious Snail of Approval Award — recognition the non-profit bestows on local food producers that incorporate good, clean, and fair good into all aspects of their operation.

Green Thumb Organic Farm in Water Mill is owned and operated by the Raymond Halsey Family, which has roots in farming on the East End that date back to the 1600s. Sang Lee Farms in Peconic has been family owned and operated by the Lee Family since the mid 1940s.