Thanksgiving marks the end of the regular farmers market season, but this year, five indoor winter markets are popping up on Long Island. The newest, in Holbrook’s Sun Vet mall, will open for the first time at 10 a.m. on Saturday, joining Port Jefferson, Riverhead, Huntington Station and Long Beach.
Melissa Dunstatter, who runs the Holbrook and Port Jefferson markets, says that in the absence of warm-weather produce, winter markets fill in the gaps with prepared foods, baked goods and, increasingly, eggs, poultry and meat. Moreover, farms are using greenhouses and hydroponic (soil-free) technology to harvest all year. This year, she says, “even the weather is cooperating. Outside, we’re still growing kale, Brussels sprouts, potatoes, yams and carrots.”
When: Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. through March 12
Where: Recreation Center at Ice Arena, 150 W. Bay Dr.
Info: 516-543-6033, ligreenmarket.org
Selected vendors: Produce from Fink’s Country Farm (Manorville), sweet and savory baked goods from Butterscotch’s (Locust Valley), pickles from Horman’s (Glen Cove), Italian loaves from Monty Breads (Islip Terrace), yogurt from Kalypso (Jackson Heights), local fish from PDR Seafood (Blue Point), poultry, grass-fed beef and Berkshire pork from Naturally Grass Fed (Fort Ann, New York), glass-bottled milk from Ronnybrook Farms (Ancramdale, New York), microgreens grown at Long Beach’s NIKE Alternative High School.
When: Sundays, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. through April 24
Where: Jack Abrams School, 155 Lowndes Ave.
Info: 631-944-2661 or 516-297-7997, longislandfarmersmarkets.com
Selected vendors: Sweet and savory baked goods from Hometown Bake Shop (Huntington), produce from MarGene Organic (Mattituck) and D&J Organic (Yaphank) farms, artisanal breads from Orwasher’s (Manhattan), pasta from Bambino’s Ravioli (Deer Park), sausages and other cured meats from Ridgewood European Pork Store (Queens), empanadas from Imperial Empanadas (Huntington), pickles from Horman’s (Glen Cove), coffee from Gentle Brew (Long Beach), preserves from Peck’s of Maine (Calverton), spice blends from Crimson & Clove (Cutchogue), loose-leaf organic tea from Prasana Tea Co. (Rockville Centre) and New York State farmstead cheeses from The Big Cheese (on alternate Sundays starting this weekend).
When: Sundays, 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. through April 17
Where: Village Center, 101 E. Broadway
Info: 631-473-4724 or 516-551-8461, portjeff.com
Selected vendors: Produce from Biophilia Organic (Jamesport), Condzella (Wading River) and Stan Pat (East Moriches) farms, local seafood from Merken Fisheries (Hampton Bays), Tend Coffee (Shirley), Greek yogurt from Kalypso (Jackson Heights), baked goods from Papa’s Country Porch (Bohemia) and Sugar Rush Bake Shop (Centerport), dips from Sweet Melissa (Rocky Point), jerky from Two Big Jerks (Rocky Point), Puerto Rican eggnog from Drink Coquito (Bay Shore), olive oil from Arlotta Food Studio (Southampton), cHarissa and other condiments and preserves from A Taste of the North Fork (Southold), bread from Blue Duck Bakery (Southold) and New York State farmstead cheeses from The Big Cheese (on alternate Sundays starting Jan. 17).
When: Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. through April 30
Where: 117 E. Main St.
Info: 631-208-8159, facebook.com/RiverheadFarmersMarket
Selected vendors: Poultry and eggs from Browder’s Birds (Mattituck), produce from Sang Lee (Peconic) and Gabrielsen (Aquebogue) farms, dairy products from Mecox Bay Farm (Water Mill) and Goodale Farms (Aquebogue), North Fork Smoked Fish Co. (Greenport), cHarissa and other condiments and preserves from A Taste of the North Fork (Southold), The East End Mushroom Company (Cutchogue), Pierpont Blossom Farm, tea from Vital-A-Tea (Riverhead), Tend Coffee (Shirley), granola from NOFO Crunch (Mattituck), Caribbean seasonings from Tainos Sofrito & Mojo (Calverton), Rosie’s Country Baking (Shoreham).
When: Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. through April 23
Where: Sun Vet Mall, 5801 Sunrise Hwy.
Selected vendors: Baked goods from Papa’s Country Porch (Bohemia) and Sugar Rush Bake Shop (Centerport), Italian loaves from Monty Breads (Islip Terrace), dips from Sweet Melissa (Rocky Point), jerky from Two Big Jerks (Rocky Point), pierogi from Paula’s Old-World Polish Pierogi, Puerto Rican eggnog from Drink Coquito (Bay Shore), produce from D&J Organic Farm (Yaphank), hydroponics and chicken and duck eggs from Sweet Melissa 1932 Farmhouse (Rocky Point and Mattituck), preserves from Miss Amy (Blue Point).