Spring, summer and fall, Long Island blooms with dozens of farmers markets. Winter, understandably, is a slower season. But neither snow nor chill can daunt the weekly markets in Sea Cliff, Huntington, Port Jefferson, Islip Terrace, Riverhead and, making its debut this year, Greenport.
Lily Dougherty-Johnson, a board member for the Greenport Farmers Market, said: “Greenport has been getting busier during the winter, and many of our summer market vendors wanted an outlet during the cold weather.” A space came available — the old “ice house,” a two-story former warehouse on First Street, and on Nov. 17, the market opened for business. Unlike many L.I. markets, it’s open on Saturdays and Sundays.
Here’s an overview of Long Island’s six winter markets. Note that not all vendors may be present every week and that supplies are limited.
WHEN: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sundays through April 28. WHERE: 414 First Street, Greenport. SELECTED VENDORS: Produce from Catapano Farm and KK’s The Farm, seafood from Alice’s Fish Market, doughnuts from North Fork Donut Company, Greenport Jerky, preserved goods and cHarissa seasoning from Taste of the North Fork, wine from Sannino Vineyard, Suhru and Surrey Lane, seasoned nuts and hot sauces from Chef Giovanni, international artisanal cheeses sold from a covered wagon by King Andrew Cheese. MORE INFO: 502-494-6641, greenportfarmersmarket.com
WHEN: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sundays through March 31. WHERE: Jefferson Primary School (253 Oakwood Rd., Huntington). SELECTED VENDORS: Produce from Fink’s Country Farm, artisanal breads from Orwasher’s, pasta from Papa Pasquale, sausages and other cured meats from Ridgewood European Pork Store, pickles from Horman’s Best, coffee from Nautilus Roasting Co., ice cream, doughnuts and savory soup from Frozen Sin food truck, dog treats from Little Lexi’s Barkery, nut butters from Laurel’s Butters, local farmstead cheeses from The Big Cheese. MORE INFO: 631-944-2661, longislandfarmersmarkets.com
WHEN: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays through April 20. WHERE: Christ Lutheran Church (117 Carleton Ave., Islip Terrace). SELECTED VENDORS: Produce and eggs from Carucci Farms, gluten-free confections from Dragon's Nest Baked Goods, “superfood” snacks from TerraNut, oils and spices from Eat with Cazz, classic Italian cookies from Sal & Jerry’s Bakery, preserves from Peck's of Main, coffee from Nautilus Roasting Co., banana protein bites from Jacked Granny, macarons from Macaron 5 Chic, cured meats and fish from Ashbell's Premium Meats & Seafood, dog treats from Little Lexi's Barkery, plus BenElla's Bread Company and Kombucha Wonderland. MORE INFO: 631-525-1740, christlutheranit.org
WHEN: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays through April 27. WHERE: 54 E. Main St., Riverhead. SELECTED VENDORS: Produce from Sang Lee Farms, Maryhaven Center of Hope and Peconic River Herb Farm, pickles from Backyard Brine and Horman’s Best, chicken and eggs from Browder's Birds, cheeses from Goodale Farms and Mecox Bay Dairy, yogurt from Kalypso, cookies from Vienna Cookie Company, wine from Saltbird Cellars and Brooklyn Oenology, kombucha from Stoic Artisans, preserves from Farmer’s Kitchen. MORE INFO: 631-365-1220, ligreenmarket.org/riverhead
WHEN: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sundays through April 14. WHERE: Village Center (101 E. Broadway, Port Jefferson). SELECTED VENDORS: Hydroponic lettuce and herbs from Maryhaven Center of Hope, produce from D&J Organic, brownies from Miss Mollie’s, gluten-free confections from JoAnn’s Desserts, honey, candles and maple-syrup products from BeeWitched Bee, kombucha from Stoic Artisans, dips from Sweet Melissa, cheese from Mecox Bay Dairy, Moonshine from Twin Stills, plus Tend Coffee and the Perfect Pickle. MORE INFO: 631-473-4724, portjeff.com/winter-farmers-market
WHEN: Noon to 4 p.m. Saturdays through March 31. WHERE: Creative Arts Studio (256 Sea Cliff Ave., Sea Cliff). SELECTED VENDORS: Vegetable-based meal delivery from Conscious Kitchen LI, Steiner’s Coffee Cakes, broths and soups from NY Bone Broth and soup, pickles from Horman's Best, Dom’s Honey, preserves from Peck’s of Maine. MORE INFO: 516-318-5487, facebook.com/seaclifffarmersmarket