Harvest season is here and with it we turn to our local farmers markets for the fresh produce we've enjoyed throughout the summer to carry over into the cooler months. While corn on the cob may be a summer staple, other seasonal items like pumpkin, zucchini and butternut squash make for perfect ingredients in a batch of warm soup to enjoy on cool a September night. There are few things better than knowing where your food comes from and having locally grown produce so readily accessible is a luxury we shouldn’t take for granted. By buying fresh, local fruits and vegetables you're not only living a healthier, mindful lifestyle but you're also supporting local farms and business. Many of Long Island's farmers markets include other natural items (not just for consumption) like plants, flowers and homemade soaps.
Babylon Village's farmers market takes place in the train station parking lot (north side) every Sunday from 8 a.m. - 1 p.m. until early November. This small but mighty farmers market brings in live music and quite a few vendors with a slew of can't-miss items. From local produce to specialty items like delicious breads, honey, nut butters and all-natural soaps, there's something for everyone here. Oh, and to top it off, on alternating weeks, Blind Bat Brewery is in attendance.
Islip's farmers market has been going strong since the early days of summer and will continue almost until Thanksgiving. Located in the Islip Town Hall parking lot, the market is open on Saturdays from 7 a.m. - 12 p.m. until November 21. This farmers market runs the gamut of goods, From spices and wines to sauces and soup stocks. Even our four legged friends are taken care of with dog treats available for purchase. And for the gluten-free Long Islanders, this market also serves up some gluten-free baked goods as well.
Patchogue hosts two farmers markets from summer through fall, one on Fridays and one on Sundays. The Friday farmers market will run until November 6. Located on Montauk Highway west of Route 112 (where 7-11 used to be) the market is open Fridays from 8 a.m. - 1 p.m. A perfect place to stop in on your lunch break or snag some ingredients for dinner. This market boasts tons of fresh fruits and vegetables, flowers, baked goods and homemade soaps.
The second farmers market in Patchogue is located on 31 West Main (between Railroad & S. Ocean) and runs until November 6 as well. This market opens at 8 a.m. - 1 p.m. on Sundays. Pickle connoisseurs will surely be happy as this market has plenty, as well as jams and jellies, fruits and veggies, and homemade skin care products. If you missed out on Friday's market be sure to hit up Sunday's farmers market or both...when it comes to organic goods, too much is never enough.
Sayville's farmers market is open rain or shine every Saturday from 8:30 a.m. - 2 p.m. at the Grange on Broadway and Main Street. Sayville's market has grown over the years and currently hosts about 20 different vendors. Fresh local eggs, delicious artisan pastas, pies, fresh fruits and vegetables, baked goods and even pierogi round out this year’s farmers market. Be sure to head to Sayville to support local businesses and enjoy all of the things the market has to offer. Sweet Melissa's Dips 1932 Farm-to-Table Catering food truck will be there every Saturday until November 21 with a different menu each week.
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