Stories From the Field

Patty Gentry, Early Girl Farm

My name is Patty Gentry. I own and operate Early Girl Farm in Brookhaven, NY. Early Girl is an intensively planted, highly diversified two and a half acre farm that grows produce primarily for wholesale to restaurants.

Before starting a career in farming 5 years ago, I worked as a Chef in the restaurant business for over 20 years. I have lasting memories of ingredients that captured my heart and taste buds over the years like the first time I tasted a tender stalk of spring asparagus, a sweet English Pea or the bittersweet crunch of a perfect head of escarole.