Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Farmers Markets in the Hamptons

Photo (Lexi Van de Walle): U-Choy from Sang Lee Farms/Westhampton Farmers Market

Now the south fork has farmers markets from Westhampton all the way to East Hampton and three towns in between!  Great news for locavores and farmers. 

In addition to the wonderful roadside farm stands in the Hamptons that are now all pretty much open for the season, there are soon to be FIVE farmers markets, three existing markets and two new ones in Bridgehampton and Southampton (not yet open).  

The Southampton Market will start later this season and will open with a bit of controvers since Schmidt's owner didn't want to have to compete with a new market. 

Bonnie Cannon, a Town Trustee explained in the Town's decision (love this woman)...

 "The majority of the audience was in favor. It's something that's good for our community. We are promoting healthy eating, promoting agriculture." 

Fridays
New! Community Farmers Market at Hayground School, 151 Mitchell's Lane (at Butter Lane) in Bridgehampton from 3 pm to 7 pm. Vendors include some of my favorites Open-Minded Organics local mushrooms, the Seafood Shop (see my post about their catering department here),Wolfer Estates (they have a wonderful verjus -- read my post here) and I hear they are going to sell vegetables grown by the Hayground School, bread, eggs, and more. 

East Hampton Farmers' Market at Nick & Toni’s Restaurant parking lot, 136 North Main St.
9 am to 1 pm - open now. This market is far from my house, but I know a lot of folks who love it. 

Saturdays
The Sag Harbor Farmers Market open now and is every Saturday from 9 am to 1 pm. Read my post here. Vendors include Taste of North Fork, The Seafood Shop, Blue Duck Bakery, Open Minded Organics (OMO), Mecox Dairy, Bees Needs, and fruits and vegetables from several farms -- Quail Hill and homegrown produce from Bette Lacina and Dale Haubrich. 

Westhampton Farmers Market opens on June 13th with over 30 vendors, 9 am to 1 pm. My favorites are Sang Lee Farms for Asian greens and Catapano Cheese (goat). 

Sundays
New! The Town of Southampton just approved a new farmers market which will open "sometime in July" likely from 9 am to 1 pm (when I have more information I'll post it). After two listening sessions by the Village Trustees, the mayor and trustee members decided to try it out. Read more about the new market here in "Reservations Overruled, Southampton Village Board Moves Ahead with Farmers Market" on Hamptons.com 

Other Long Island Farmers Markets and Days/Hours are listed on the Farmers Federation of New York website here under Suffolk and Nassau. Check out the directories: 


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