Summertime is when Long Islanders abandon the supermarkets for fresh, local produce.
The farmers market scene in Nassau and Suffolk grows every year, with more markets selling more local produce, baked goods and handmade provisions. For 2017, the Island will have 44 weekly markets, most of which got under way in June. All will be open by July 9. Click here for complete list of Long Island farmers markets.
This year marks the debut of three new markets:
HeartBeet Farms at the Smith Haven Mall
When: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Fridays through Sept. 22
Jennifer Ross and Ann Pellegrino farm the 2-acre HeartBeet Farms in Centereach, and every Friday morning they load up their produce truck, drive to the mall and park outside of Bobby’s Burger Palace. In July, look for kale, Swiss chard, sugar snap peas, broccoli, beets, zucchini, eggplant and peppers.
LI Greenmarket at St. James Lutheran Church (230 Second Ave.)
When: 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays through Oct. 28
LI Greenmarket, which operates in Long Beach and Kings Park, has launched a new market in St. James. Selling fresh local produce will be Fink’s Country Farm of Wading River and Sujecki’s Farms of Calverton. Ruby Star Farm of the Hudson Valley will be selling organic poultry. Also look for Horman’s Best Pickles of Glen Cove, local honey and other bee products from Reed Channel Farm in Oceanside, St. James Brewery, St. James Pasta & Pork, baked goods from With a Glass of Milk, Knot of This World pretzels and, from Great Neck, Foughnuts (baked doughnuts).
Sunnyside Farmers Markets at Piazza Ernesto Strada (200 Post Ave.)
When: 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Sundays through Sept. 24
Sunnyside adds to its Lindenhurst location with a new market. Carucci Greenhouses and Farms will be bringing fresh produce from Mattituck. RedBeard Coffee Roasters of Lindenhurst will be supplying the java. Reetz Petites of Copiague and Maria’s Pastry Shop of Westbury will sell baked goods. Also look for Gianni’s chicken burgers (Huntington Station) and Arlotta Food Studio (olive oils and vinegars bottled on the East End). Beyond The Sea Signs & Things of Amityville will be selling signs (and things) made from reclaimed wood, and a section of the market will be cordoned off for local artists.