One of spring's most anticipated arrivals is the farmers market, where suburban shoppers can buy fresh produce directly from those who grow it. This year, Long Island boasts a record 39 weekly markets, from Malverne to Montauk. A handful are already open; most start in the next two weeks. Among this year's crop are seven brand-new markets. Here they are, in no particular order:
When: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sundays, June 1 to Nov. 23
Where: Village Green next to Village Hall
More Info: 516-694-2859, eatlocallongisland.com
Jim and Courtney Thompson, the father-daughter team that opened Farmingdale's A Taste of Long Island in 2012, are now launching a village farmers market.
Schneider's Farm in Melville will provide produce and flowers, Monty Breads will bring loaves from Brooklyn. Plus, wine from Osprey's Dominion in Peconic, organic eggs and honey from Raleigh's Poultry Farm in Kings Park as well as soups, sauces, pickles, preserves, and fresh clams and oysters.
When: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays June 7 to Nov. 22
Where: 127 Smithtown Blvd.
3. GREAT NECK-SPINNEY HILL
When: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sundays July 13 to Oct. 26
Where: 125 Community Dr., in front of LIJ office buildings
More Info: 516-543-6033, ligreenmarket.org
Bernadette Martin, who organizes the Long Beach and Kings Park farmers markets, is bringing the goods to two new communities this year. The Nesconset market will feature produce from Fink's Country Farm in Manorville, Sujecki Farms in Calverton and Thera Farms in Ronkonkoma. Plus, Bambino's Ravioli from Bay Shore, PDR Seafood from Blue Point, Kalypso Greek Yogurt from Jackson Heights and other local vendors.
The Spinney Hill market is sponsored by North Shore-LIJ Health System and focuses on produce from Stan-Pat Farm in East Moriches and Perez Farm in upstate Goshen.
When: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursdays May 15 to Nov. 20
Where: Crossroads Farm at Grossmann's, 480 Hempstead Ave.
More Info: longislandfarmersmarkets.com
Crossroads, one of Nassau County's last working farms, already operates a farm stand Thursdays through Sundays. But on Thursdays, Long Island Farmers Markets (organizers of markets in Babylon and New Hyde Park) set up shop with a wide range of vendors, including Gentle Brew Coffee from Long Beach, Orwasher's bread from Manhattan, Laurie's Granola Creations from Farmingdale, Sconeheads Bakery from Melville and Sugar Rush Bake Shop from Centerport.
When: 3 to 6 p.m. Fridays May 9 to Oct. 31
Where: 95 Love Lane (behind Mattituck Florist)
More Info: 631-298-7688
One more reason to love Love Lane: A farmers market organized by Maryann and Eugene Krupski, proprietors of Mattituck's MarGene Farms. In addition to MarGene's produce, the market will offer such North Fork foods as Catapano goat cheese, Really Good Fruit Spreads, organic herbs and seedlings from Garden Fusion, confections from Jeannie's Treats, preserves and more.
When: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays May 24 to Nov. 1
Where: Peconic River waterfront behind old Swezey's department store
More Info: facebook.com/riverheadfarmersmarket
In January, a farmers market opened quietly in the old Swezey's department store on Main Street; this week it busts outside and onto the promenade along the Peconic River. Organizer Holly Browder brings eggs from Browder's Birds in Mattituck. Other comestibles include Copia Granola from Calverton, mushrooms from Long Island Mushroom in Cutchogue, cheese from Goodale Farms in Aquebogue and Mecox Bay Dairy in Water Mill, beer from Moustache Brewing Co. in Riverhead, coffee from Tend Coffee in Shirley and confections from North Fork Chocolate Co. in Calverton.
7. HAMPTON BAYS
When: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays May 24 to Aug. 30
Where: St. Mary's Church, 165 Ponquogue Ave.
More Info: 631-745-6160, stmaryshb.org
Taking over the capacious back lawn of St. Mary's, the Hampton Bays farmers market will feature fresh fish from the town's own Catch of the Day fishing boat, produce from Wesnofske Farm in Peconic and Open Minded Organics in Bridgehampton, bread from Little Portion Friary in Mount Sinai and Josephine's feast! preserves, sauces and rubs.
Click here for a complete list of farmers markets on Long Island.