Founded in 2001 by two green-thumbed environmental enthusiasts, Garden of Eve shepherds hundreds of varieties of plants and produce from the earth to home gardens and tummies. The garden center raises perennial flowers ($6.99), herbs, and vegetable sprouts ($3.50) from seedlings in a loving environment, instilling each plant with a quiet confidence and the ability to resist the urge to choke out other foliage. Expert staff help greenhorns choose proper plantings for their ecosystem of choice and navigate a rich selection of annual flower flats ($10.99), hanging baskets, and other forms of florification.
Jackie Morrison founded the Long Island Center for Yoga in 2003 to create a beacon within the community, one that would draw individuals seeking healing as well as spiritual and physical growth. To accommodate this range of interests, the schedule embraces a variety of yogic styles. Vinyasa and vigorous yoga classes build strength and endurance with dynamic asana sequences. Restorative yoga, on the other hand, incorporates deep, sustained stretches aided by supportive props. Yoga nidra, meanwhile, encourages introspection with time-honored meditation techniques.
Regardless of the style, self-discovery is a common theme at the studio. Unlike many practice spaces, Long Island Center for Yoga doesn’t hang any mirrors on its walls. This forces students to closely monitor their own form and technique, with instructors on hand to recommend modifications. The studio's Pilates, tai chi, and belly-dancing sessions similarly teach students to recognize the inherent connections between their minds, bodies, and untapped telekinetic abilities.
Goods from all regions of Italy jostle for attention in the wide front windows of A.S. Fine Foods, whose owners aim to represent the entire Italian peninsula in the stock of their deli and store. More than 35 years of experience inform their selection of epicurean goods, which range from house-made fresh mozzarella to gourmet pastas and their wardrobes of oils, sauces, and San Marzano tomatoes. The shop stays true to its origins as a pork and beef purveyor with a bountiful Italian deli counter that vends Tuscan porchetta and prosciutto de parma as well as home-made sopressata and capicola. Fresh bread from Brooklyn bakeries stars in the lunch menu of hot sandwiches, but not in any of its straight-to-video sequels.
Before the kitchen uses them in rolls and bisques, hard-shell lobsters from northern Maine and Canada are stored in Brewster's Seafood Market's chilled tanks filled with saltwater pumped directly from Shinnecock Bay. They’re among the many locally caught, grown, and produced fish and shellfish available each day at the market, which stays stocked with tasty items such as tuna, mussels, and clams.
Over at the Brewster's restaurant, chefs take seafood right from the display counters and craft dine-in and takeout entrees such as oyster po' boys, linguini with clam sauce, and flounder stuffed with shrimp, scallops, and crabmeat. Along with an eatery and market, the facility accommodates an on-site smokehouse where a fishmonger smokes everything from eel to swordfish .
Operating since the early 1900s and voted Best Petting Zoo of 2011 by readers of the Long Island Press, White Post Farms stimulates visitors with a smorgasbord of exciting diversions. Guests commune with an exotic menagerie of man’s second-best friends in the petting zoo, home to zebras, kangaroos and a sublimely patient giant tortoise. Friends of the feathered can hang out at Ronnie’s Birdie Landing, a free-flight aviary that boasts a 70-foot waterfall and a flock of parakeets that moonlight as a Flock of Seagulls cover band (feed, $0.92–$4.61, is not included). Guests can also enjoy the company of faux furry companions, gawking at the spectacle of the animatronic Animal Band Jamboree and the Singin’ Chicken Show.