Celebrating Farmers Markets in the Hamptons and North Fork

It’s National Farmers’ Market Week, which is absolutely one of our favorite holidays here on the East End. Who doesn’t love a good farmers market, especially one loaded with produce grown on the ever-bountiful East End of Long Island?

With summer in full swing, farmers markets are enjoying their peak season, offering not only local produce but other locally sourced products, baked goods and more. With recycled bag in hand, we share this guide to favorite farmers markets throughout the Hamptons and the North Fork. Most run until the end of September and even into October, but there’s no need to wait to go support local farmers and businesses while enjoying all the best that the East End has to offer!

Rt. 27 Farmers Market

About: Rt. 27 is one of the newer farmers markets to the scene, starting up just a year ago. With some 20 vendors present, the market is full of produce and products from local farms, as well as flowers.

When: Wednesdays 2–6 p.m.

Where: American Legion Post 419 Montauk Highway and Abraham’s Path in Amagansett

Montauk Farmers Market on the Green

About: Keeping it green is the way to go at this market offering a range of artisanal crafted treats and sustainable food goods from vendors including Amagansett Sea Salt Co., Balsam Farms, Sweet Tauk and Darcy’s Delights.

When: Thursdays 9 a.m.–1 p.m.

Where: Montauk Village Green, 724 Montauk Highway, Montauk

Riverhead Farmers’ Market

About: The only farmers’ market we know of where you can pick up both fresh produce grown on the East End and a painting created by an East End artist. On Thursdays, farmers are the focal point, but on Saturdays, local artists and artisans join the food purveyors in creating a truly unique experience.

When: Thursdays, 11 a.m.–4 p.m.; Saturdays, 9 a.m.–4 p.m.

Where: Village lot on river behind Main Street, west of Long Island Aquarium

East Hampton Farmers Market

About: The East Hampton Farmers Market features 21 local businesses offering an assortment of products. This market is participating in the USDA’s Nutrition and Food Service Program, which offers low-income families food stamps in order to buy local products. These food stamps are virtually distributed and serve as a way for just about everyone to be involved in the local farmers “community.”

When: Fridays 9 a.m.–1 p.m.

Where: Nick & Toni’s parking lot on 136 North Main Street in East Hampton

Hayground School Farmers Market

About: This farmers market is run in support of the Edible Schoolyard movement in an attempt to give children a healthy and nutritious education about food. The idea is to exchange environmentally friendly food-related practices to children in the community in order to sustain the beauty of the Hamptons itself.

When: Fridays 3–6 p.m.

Where: 151 Mitchell Lane in Bridgehampton

Ashawagh Hall Farmers Market

About: A local favorite is the “Fresh, East Hampton, Sustainable, Oceanganic, Free-Range Seafood,” which is sold right out of a rowboat! There are also a few foreign and unusual products from Fire Place Farms, as well as bountiful vegetables from Balsam Farms.

When: Saturdays 9 a.m.–1 p.m.

Where: 780 Springs Fireplace Road in East Hampton

Greenport Farmers’ Market

About: Greenport Farmers’ Market, Inc. was first established in February of 2011 by a group of Greenport residents. Its goals are to support regional sustainable producers by providing them with direct access to consumers, educate the public to the nutritional and economic benefits of buying locally grown food directly from farmers, and unite farmers, fishermen and communities. With vendors ranging from Blossom Meadow Honey to Widows Hole Oyster Company, plus rotating winery participants from Long Island Wine Country, their “North Fork to Your Fork” philosophy is one you’ll want to embrace.

When: Saturdays 9 a.m.–1 p.m.

Where: Greenport United Methodist Church, 624 Main Street. Market Lot on 1st Street.

Sag Harbor Farmers Market

About: This market is full of locally grown vegetables and fruits, as well as a multitude of homemade foods! Sag Harbor holds this farmers market to provide the community with a healthy and enjoyable event. The Sag Harbor Farmers Market has anything from Amagansett Sea Salt Co. to Bee’s Needs. One will find and interesting and exciting assortment of products at this market!

When: Saturdays 9 a.m.–1 p.m.

Where: In front of the Breakwater Yacht Club on Bay & Burke Streets in Sag Harbor

Shelter Island Farmers Market

About: Set on the beautiful grounds of the 173 James Havens Homestead, the Shelter Island Farmers Market contains many local foods such as produce, eggs, jams, and baked goods. This farmers market is designed to encourage residents to grow their own produce and bake their own bread goods, instead of having all the food simply come over by ferry.

When: Saturdays 9 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

Where: Shelter Island Historical Society on 6 South Ferry Road on Shelter Island

Southampton Farmers Market

About: This farmers market has become especially popular over the years, with businesses such as the Mecox Bay Dairy, Organic Avenue, and the Blue Duck Bakery among the 21 local businesses present. This is a farmers market where one can get the whole family’s shopping done—there is something for everybody!

When: Sundays 9 a.m.– 2 p.m.

Where: Behind the Parrish Art Museum on 25 Jobs Lane in Southampton

Westhampton Beach Farmers Market

About: Last year this farmers market was voted Best East End Farmer’s Market in Dan’s Papers Best of the Best, and it’s easy to see why. The Westhampton Beach Farmers Market is USDA approved, as well as certified to administer State Nutritional Assistance Program Electronic Benefits System (SNAP). This farmers market showcases 40 vendors across the East End with some of the most popular products being fish, wine, eggs, free-range chicken, duck, mushrooms, herbs and even fudge!

When: Saturdays 9 a.m.–1 p.m.

Where: 85 Mill Road in Westhampton Beach

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