Hampton’s Real Estate Showcase Magazine visit local farmers markets to see what it truly means to live off the land…
Farmers’ markets in the Hamptons feature a splendid array of farm fresh produce as well as baked goods, wine, cheese, ice cream, fudge, and lots more. Some have live music and fun activities for the kids. Many of the same vendors participate in each of the farmers’ markets, “selling ONLY what we bake, make, grow or catch.” Take a stroll at a farmers’ market on the East End and enjoy the savory delights!
On Thursdays, The Montauk Farmers’ Market is open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. through October 17 (including the Fall Festival weekend) on the Village Green in Montauk. Hosted by the Montauk Chamber of Commerce and managed by Laraine Creegan, this is their 5th season. With 33 vendors, they feature local seafood from Hampton Seafood Company, organic olive oil from Arlotta Food Studio, fantastic pickles from Horman’s Best Pickles, wine from Wölffer Estate Vineyard, and lemonade from Sweet’tauk.
On Friday mornings, The East Hampton Farmers’ Market is open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. through August 30 at 136 North Main Street in Nick & Toni’s Parking Lot in East Hampton. Coordinated by Kate Plumb, this is their 8th season. They have 22 vendors featuring pies from The Blue Duck Bakery Café, delicacies from Gula Gula Empanadas, artisanal cheeses from Mecox Bay Dairy, wool from llamas at the Long Island Livestock Company, jams from Josephine’s Feast!, and all natural dog treats from Life is Grruff.
On Friday afternoons, The Hayground School Farmers’ Market is open from 3 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. through August 30 at 151 Mitchell Lane in Bridgehampton. Co-Managed by Michael Denslow and Emily Herrick, this is their 5th season. With 28 vendors, they feature homemade ice cream from Joe & Liza’s Ice Cream, flowers from Pierpont’s Blossom Farm, and local produce from Bhumi Farm, Open Minded Organics, and Davis Peach Farm. You can create your own pizza made in a wood-burning pizza oven, eat at picnic tables under tents, and listen to live music. Their “goal is to support local farmers/producers and the efforts of the Edible Schoolyard movement.” Voted “Best Farmers Market” (Gold) in 2012 by Dan’s Papers.
On Saturdays, The Westhampton Beach Farmers’ Market is open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. through November 16 at 85 Mill Road in the Village Municipal Parking Lot in Westhampton Beach. Administered by The Greater Westhampton Chamber of Commerce and managed by Liz Jackson, this is their 8th season. With over 40 vendors, it is the largest farmers’ market on the East End. They feature organic produce from Sang Lee Farms, pastured poultry from Browder’s Birds, jams from Miss Amy’s Preserves, and Italian prepared foods from Papa Pasquale Ravioli Co. There is live music by guitarist Grant Werner and activities for kids. Voted “Best Farmers Market” (Platinum) in 2011 and 2012 by Dan’s Papers.
Also on Saturdays, The Sag Harbor Farmers’ Market is open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. through October 26 on Bay Street at the corner of Burke Street, in front of the Breakwater Yacht Club in Sag Harbor. Co-Managed by Ana Nieto and Ivo Tomasini, this is their 9th season. They are the oldest farmers’ market on the East End. They have 27 vendors featuring goat cheese from Goodale Farms, delicious fudge from Fat Ass Fudge, yummy Gourmet Sorbet by the Sorbabes, baked goods from Anke’s Fit Bakery and skin care products from Clean Apothicaire. They include educational presentations by non-profit companies. Voted “Best Farmers Market” (Gold) in 2011 and (Platinum) in 2012 by Dan’s Papers.
On Sundays, The Southampton Farmers’ Market is open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. through October 13 (including the SeptemberFest weekend) at 25 Jobs Lane on the west side grounds of Southampton Center in Southampton. Presented by the Southampton Chamber of Commerce and managed by Tammy Cavanaugh, this is their 4th season. They have 27 vendors, featuring honey from East End Apiaries, pies from Dolce Nirvana, baked goods from Harvest Moon Bake Shop, and jewelry from Jeanne’s Gems. The Cornell Cooperative Extension offers its Marine Meadows Program where kids weave eelgrass shoots for habitat restoration. Voted “Best Farmers Market” (Gold) in 2012 by Dan’s Papers.
Enjoy The Amagansett Farmers’ Market open everyday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. through Labor Day at 367 Main Street in Amagansett. Owned by Eli Zabar, who re-opened the market in August 2008, it was first established in 1954. They feature local produce, baked breads, flowers, and plants as well as gourmet food from Eli’s Manhattan on the Upper East Side. Enjoy eating outside at this historic farmers’ market.
From Westhampton Beach to Montauk, stop by any of these fabulous farmers’ markets in the Hamptons and feast on the wonderful fresh produce, jams, fresh breads and gourmet food. It is a treat for the whole family, including the dog!
Ruth Thomas, a freelance writer on the East End enjoys history, music, literature, art, nature, the beach, and her cute dachshund, Clancy. She can be contacted at rhthoma[email protected]