One could say that Woodbury resident Pete Meyer is a homegrown original. Meyer and his brother Joe co-own and operate Meyer’s Plant and Produce Farm in Woodbury, one of few Nassau County farms. “My great-grandfather started this in 1924 on 30 acres,” says Meyer, 40. “Back then, it was mostly a potato-and-cabbage farm, and this was considered ‘Out East.’”
The farm, located on Woodbury Road near Piquets Lane, is only 10 acres today, but the brothers also have a 100 acres in Calverton. Together the farms produce seasonal fruits and vegetables that are largely sold to retail customers.
While the recession has affected everyone, increased demand for locally grown food has helped Long Island farmers, Meyer says.
Nearby, Jackie Pezza owns Infinity, a clothing boutique for which she once was sold clothes. The store is at a popular Jericho Turnpike location, the Woodbury Common Shopping Center (not to be confused with the same-name premium shopping outlet in upstate New York). The location is a big draw, says Pezza, 26, because “everyone knows where we are.”
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Take a trek in the 400-acre Trail View State Park on Jericho Turnpike, just west of the Woodbury Common Shopping Center. The park has multi-use trails for birding, cycling and hiking. A 7.4-mile track of the Nassau-Suffolk Greenbelt also runs through the area.
Featured in television shows such as the USA Network’s “Royal Pains” and host to celebrity weddings (including that of Kevin Jonas), Oheka Castle hotel and estate lies just over the Woodbury-Huntington Station border at 135 Gate Dr. Oheka and other groups offer tours of the estate, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places (www.oheka.com).