There’s a saying that variety is the spice of life, and if that’s true then locals will love visiting farmers markets and farm stands on Long Island. These places are full of choices, and it’s hard to make a bad one with fruits and vegetables this fresh. Farmers markets are a place for a farmer or several vendors to sell their wares. Farm stands are slightly different as a single vendor or farmer typically operates them. Some are little more than roadside tables set with baskets of freshly picked produce. Others are larger, permanent structures.
For Long Islanders, farming is part of the history. Most of Long Island was farmland before it developed into towns and villages. Fortunately many small farms remain as well as the farmers selling their goods directly to locals. Customers know that by purchasing their food from farmers, they’re not only getting crisp, fresh fruits and vegetables, but also supporting their neighbors. Locals eating the fresh produce say they can taste the difference. In addition, markets offer more than just fruits and veggies. Many also sell homemade breads, cheeses, flowers, candles, and even soaps.
Amityville Farmer’s Market
The Amityville Farmer’s Market allows visitors to “socialize, sample, and enjoy live entertainment while supporting local farmers.” Sounds like a productive day out!
When: June 1–October 26 on Fridays 12:30 pm–5:30 pm
Where: 9/11 Memorial Park, Rte 110, Amityville, NY
Babylon Farmer’s Market
The Town of Babylon Farmers Market gives town residents to experience produce from the local area. It’s an all-organic market conveniently located in central Suffolk. Classes in growing organically will be available as well.
When: July 7-November 17 between 8 am-Noon
Where: The Farmers Market location is in the Parking Lot
on the corner of Great Neck Road and Oak Street in downtown Copiague
Commack Farmer’s Market
More farm stand than a true market, this site offers typical local fruits and veggies, freshly made baked goods, and kettle chips. Everything has been “imported” from Long Island’s East End. No website available.
When: May–September, 7 days a week
Where: Crooked Hill Road, just south of the Northern State Parkway
East Hampton Farmer’s Market
The East Hampton Farmers’ Market can be found in the parking lot of Nick & Toni’s restaurant. In addition to fresh fruits and vegetables, the market offers items such as homemade ravioli, preserves, pickles, empanadas, and baked goods
When: May 25– September 28 Hours: Fridays 9 am-1 pm
Where: 136 N. Main St, East Hampton, NY
Farmer’s Market at the Arches
Visit over 20 local vendors selling fruits, veggies, baked goods and wine… and then go shopping at Tanger Outlets also in the same location.
When: June 2–November 18 on Saturdays and Sundays from 11 am–3 pm
Where: 152 The Arches Circle, Deer Park, NY
Garden of Eve Organic Farm and Market
Run by Long Island couple Chris and Eve, this organic farm offers fresh produce, eggs, and even flowers. They do not use chemical herbicides or pesticides and try to operate as sustainably as possible. As parents of young children, they understand the desire to give the best and freshest foods available.
When: Open 7 days a week from Memorial Day to Halloween, 10 am-6 pm
Where: 4558 Sound Avenue, Riverhead, NY
Golden Earthworm Organic Farmer’s Market
Golden Earthworm is one of a small handful of organic farms on Long Island. Offering everything from bok choy to sweet potatoes, even the pickiest eater can find something they’re sure to love. If patrons are not sure what to make with their newly purchased produce, check out the Golden Earthworm website for recipes. For those interested in starting their own organic garden, seeds are also available for purchase
Where & When: Huntington, NY – Municipal parking lot on 25A, 2 blocks east of Rte. 110.
Sundays from 7 am-12 pm – OPENING DAY MAY 27th
Where & When: Islip, NY – Town Hall parking lot on 27A near 111
Saturdays from 7 am-12 pm – OPENING DAY MAY 26th
Where & When: Port Washington, NY – Town Dock parking lot
Saturdays from 8-12 – OPENING DAY JUNE 9th
Greenport Farmer’s Market
Owned and run by a group of local Greenport residents, the Greenport Farmer’s Market strives to provide high-quality produce to all. Fresh seafood is also sold.
When: May 19–October 13 on Saturdays 9 am–1 pm
Where: 624 Main St, Greenport, NY
Hayground School Farmers Market
The Hayground School Farmers’ Market is a joint effort between the Hayground School students and local farmers. Selling everything from fresh produce to homemade brick oven pizza, the market is worth the trek.
When: May 25–September 7 on Fridays 3 pm–6:30 pm
Where: 151 Mitchell Ln, Bridgehampton, NY
Lenny Bruno Farms
Stop by for a fresh-baked pie or jars of preserves in the warmer months and come back for u-pick veggies and play in the pumpkin patch in the fall.
When: Open everyday seasonally from 9 am-6 pm
Where: 740 Wading River Road, Manorville, NY
Port Jefferson Farmer’s Market
A perennial favorite of locals, the Port Jefferson Farmer’s Market is held right in the middle of idyllic Port Jeff Village. Pick up some fresh produce, do some local shopping, and eat ice cream in Chandler Square.
When: May–October, Sundays 1 pm–5 pm
Where: 740 Port Jefferson Village – In Tommy’s Place parking lot, across from the harbor
Sag Harbor Farmer’s Market
It’s one of the few indoor markets on Long Island, open rain or shine. “We will be increasing the diverse selection of local products such as preserves, pastas, local wine, artisanal cheese, baked goods, delicious food samplings and much more,” says Ana Nieto from the Sag Harbor Farmer’s Market.
When: May 19–October 27 on Saturdays 9 am– 1pm
Where: 1 Bay St, Sag Harbor, NY
Westhampton Beach Farmer’s Market
Voted the best East End Farmer’s Market of 2011! The market boasts more than 40 vendors, growers, and producers providing almost anything that can be locally grown, caught, or made.
When: May 5–November 17 on Saturdays 9 am–1 pm
Where: 85 Mill Rd, Westhampton, NY
These markets have sites island-wide and offer a wide variety of produce, wines, pasta, seafood, pickles, and even soaps. It’s easy to find one nearby!
LI Grower’s Markets
When: May through November
Where: Suffolk County markets include Huntington, Islip, Patchogue, Port Jefferson, and Riverhead. Nassau County markets include East Meadow, Garden City, Locust Valley, Lynbrook, Rockville Centre, Roslyn, and Seaford.
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By Rachel Minkowsky
Photo Credits: Top and bottom – MoonStarsandPaper, Middle – flickr/lachshand