The only produce harvested on Long Island during winter is grown indoors, but that doesn’t stop local farmers markets. At these five indoor weekend markets, hothouse lettuces rub shoulders with farmstead cheeses, salad dressings, artisanal breads, nut butters, gluten-free cookies, preserves, dog treats and more — most of them made locally.
Bear in mind that not every vendor listed is at every market every week — and that most supplies are limited.
Riverhead’s winter market, sponsored by the town’s Business Improvement District Management Association, is your best bet for local, hothouse-grown produce. For its fourth season, it has moved back to its original location, the old Sweezy’s building on Main Street. When: Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. through April 29 Where: 117 E. Main St. 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), tea from Chaga Island Tea (Moriches), coffee from Tend Coffee (Shirley), granola from NOFO Crunch (Mattituck), Caribbean seasonings from Tainos Sofrito & Mojo (Calverton), pastry from Rosie’s Country Baking (Shoreham), olive oils and vinegars from Arlotta Food Studio (Water Mill), pickles from Horman’s (Glen Cove), wine from Saltbird Cellars (Peconic) and Pindar Vineyards (Peconic). More info: 631-208-8159, facebook.com/riverheadfarmersmarket
Pickled eggs (from the pastured chickens at Browder’s Birds in Mattituck) are among the offerings at the Riverhead Winter Market.
Brianna Hulmes of Stoic Artisans pours mango ginger kombucha at the Riverhead Winter Market.
G&G’s Long Island Farmers Market operates two winter markets, and one of the veteran vendors, Sconeheads Gourmet Foods, is offering a free scone to all visitors on Saturday, Feb. 11, in Islip Terrace and Sunday, Feb. 19, in Huntington Station — one to a customer. When: Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. through March 25 Where: Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church, 117 Carleton Ave. More info: 631-944-2661, longislandfarmersmarkets.com
Miss Amy's Preserves, owned by Amy Acierno of Blue Point, are sold at Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church in Islip Terrace.
Horman's Best Pickles are on display at the Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church market in Islip Terrace.
During the winter, market operator Melissa Dunstatter moves two of her outdoor markets indoors. The Port Jefferson market moves from the parking lot outside the Port Jefferson Frigate to the Village Center. And the Sayville market moves north to Sun Vet Mall in Holbrook. When: Sundays, 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. through April 23. Where: Village Center, 101 E. Broadway More info: 631-473-4724 or 516-551-8461, facebook.com/pjfarmersmarket
Hydroponically grown Bibb lettuce grown by the workers of the Maryhaven Business Center is sold at the Winter Farmers Market in Port Jefferson Village Center.
When: Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. through April 29 Where: Sun Vet Mall, 5801 Sunrise Hwy. Selected vendors: Produce from Sweet Melissa 1932 Farmhouse (Rocky Point and Mattituck), hydroponic lettuce from Maryhaven Center of Hope (Yaphank), baked goods from Papa’s Country Porch (Bohemia), dips from Sweet Melissa (Rocky Point), jerky from Two Big Jerks (Rocky Point), Puerto Rican eggnog from Drink Coquito (Bay Shore), gluten-free baked goods from JoAnn’s Desserts (Miller Place), nut butters from Laurel’s Butter (Sayville), honey from Bee Witched Bee (Northport), dressings and marinades from Wally’s Spotted Dog Organics (Islip), chicken burgers from Gianni’s (Huntington Station), beer from Bellport Brewing Company, dog treats from Doggie Pantry (Miller Place). More info: 516-551-8461, facebook.com/sayvillefarmersmarket
Stuffed cabbage is for sale at Old World Paula's Polish Pierogi at Sun Vet Mall in Holbrook.
This year, this market is open every other Sunday. When: Sundays, Feb. 19, March 5, March 19, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Where: Jack Abrams School, 155 Lowndes Ave. Selected vendors: Produce from Fink’s Country Farm (Wading River), pasta from Bambino’s Ravioli (Deer Park), sausages and other cured meats from Ridgewood European Pork Store (Queens), pickles from Horman’s (Glen Cove), coffee from Gentle Brew (Long Beach), preserves from Miss Amy’s (Blue Point), New York State farmstead cheeses from The Big Cheese (on alternate Sundays starting this weekend), scones from Sconeheads Gourmet Foods (Amityville), dog treats from Little Lexi’s Barkery (Oceanside), Japanese dressings and sauces from Momo (Brooklyn), Greek yogurt from Kalypso (Queens), kombucha (fermented tea beverage) from Coastal Craft (Oceanside), microgreens from Long Island Microgreens (Huntington Station), artisanal breads from Orwasher’s (Manhattan). More info: 631-944-2661, longislandfarmersmarkets.com
Smoked pork chops and assorted meats from Ridgewood European Pork Store are for sale at the Huntington winter farmers market.