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Veggies in winter? Farmer's markets answer the call

Pumpkins and gourds are sold from the back

Pumpkins and gourds are sold from the back of a truck by Orient Organics which has a tent at the farmer's market at the docks on Main Street in Port Washington. (Sept. 20, 2008) Photo Credit: Newsday/Julia Gaines

You won’t find the juicy strawberries or the bright green leafy vegetables, but starting on Saturday, you can once again shop for seasonal produce at farmer’s markets across Suffolk County.

The Sag Harbor Holiday and Winter Market will be open for the next three Saturdays at Bay Street Plaza in Sag Harbor; and on Saturday, Dec. 11, the Huntington Farmer’s Market will have its grand opening for the winter season, and then it will alternate Saturdays with the Northport Farmer’s Market from January through April.

All three markets will be open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and feature local goods and produce.

Ivo Tomasini, of Turtle Shell Health, which runs the Sag Harbor market, said the winter market is an attempt to extend the market’s summer success. He said vendors will include Greeny’s Natural Food Market, of Shelter Island; Mecox Bay Dairy, of Bridgehampton; Roman Roth, of The Grapes of Roth in Sag Harbor; and Regina’s Farm Stand, of East Hampton.

The market will also include craft vendors for holiday gifts.

“This is the first of its kind in Sag Harbor,” he said. “The idea is to continue the support the community shows for its local farmers, producers and businesses.”

The Huntington Farmer’s Market will take place at Sweet Hollow Hall at West Hills County Park, in Melville. The Northport Farmer's Market will be held at St. Paul’s Methodist Church, 270 Main St., Northport.

Vendors at both western Suffolk markets will include Mostly Mrytles, Horman’s Best Pickles, Little Lexi’s Barkery and Lorna’s Naturals. There will also be live entertainment and crafts for kids.

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