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Babylon to run farmers market by residents

Vegetables for sale at a farmers' market.

Vegetables for sale at a farmers' market. Credit: AFP / Getty Images

Town of Babylon and the Copiague Chamber of Commerce, are bringing a farmers market to Copiague next spring with crops grown by residents in their home gardens or at a community garden.

Residents who qualify for the program will receive starter plants and/or a spot at the Edith Salzer Organic Community Garden, 808 Nicolls Road in Deer Park, to grow crops.

Gardening classes by Copiague resident Vince Cirasole will be available for gardeners to learn proper watering techniques, composting, companion planting, crop rotation, disease and pest control and other aspects of organic gardening.

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The class schedule is for Mondays, between 7 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. on the following days: March 7 and March 14 (spring planting classes), May 2 and May 9 (summer planting classes), July 11 and July 18 (fall planting classes) and Aug. 8 and Aug. 15 (winter planting classes.)

The farmers market is scheduled to run Saturdays between 8 a.m. and noon, July 8 through Nov. 19. It will be held in the Town of Babylon parking lot in downtown Copiague on the corner of Great Neck Road and Oak Street. There are no costs to residents to participate in the farmers market or the gardening classes.

To register as a vendor and to learn about additional qualifying details, visit the “Farmers Market” web pages at www.copiaguechamber.org.

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