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Kings Park farmers market to debut

Kings Park’s first farmers market will debut Sunday in a municipal parking lot on Main and Church streets.

The market, which will be open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sundays through mid-November, will sell plants as well as vegetables, herbs, fruits, fish, beef and eggs, the Kings Park Chamber of Commerce said.

Many of the goods will come from growers on Long Island, said Bernadette Martin, director of Friends and Farmers Inc. of Long Beach, which will operate the market. The 3-year-old company also runs markets in Hicksville, Long Beach, Glen Cove and Elmont.

One goal of Friends and Farmers is to save local farms, Martin said.

“First and foremost, we definitely try to preserve farmland and open space,” she said.

Martin said customers at other farmers markets appreciate “the feeling of connection to the person who caught or raised the food.” She added that locally grown produce is fresher than “a strawberry that has been shipped in from California that has lost its ripeness.”

“I think that people like to have that good quality,” she said.

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