Nowadays, you can order almost anything through your phone or desktop, from electronics to pet medicine, even fast food.

But, what about freshly crops grown locally?

Jim Adams, the owner of the urban farming group Lawn Island Farms, announced this week his partnership with a mobile farm marketplace called Farmzie to sell local produce.

“[Farmzie] is like the Airbnb of farming,” he explained.


Through the free app and website, people can search for participating farms in the area to purchase crops. With the touch of the finger, users can see what’s growing at the farms.

Another local group that popped through a search on the app was Growing Together Community Gardens in Bay Shore, which is selling sprouts. The next nearest farm was in Shoreham.

Lawn Island Farms teamed up with Farmzie last month and is currently selling items like carrots, kale, and cherry tomatoes.

The fledgling company’s mission is to build a healthier and more sustainable community through hyper-locally grown organic produce, says Adams. All of the crops purchased through Lawn Island Farms are grown right here on the island, but at various locations, including some people’s front lawns.

After purchasing the crops, patrons can pick them up at either Jack Jack’s Coffee House in Babylon or at St. Peter’s Farm, which is a lot hidden behind St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Bay Shore.

“This is something new to [fresh foods] and it is convenient,” said Adams.

Before the app, Lawn Island Farms sold its produce solely at farmers markets in Bay Shore and Sayville.

Top: Fresh lettuce grown by Lawn Island Farms. (Nicholas Esposito) 


‘Urban Farming’ arrives in Bay Shore to provide local and fresh, organically grown crops