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North Fork, Hamptons Farmstands and Farmers Markets

You’ll hear home gardeners say that July is the height of the harvest season—when those juicy local tomatoes start to flow. Others—or possibly those same gardeners—will then say that August is the zenith, replete with hot weather crops like peppers, eggplant and squash. Now that it’s September we’re really in the thick of it all with second plantings of cooler weather crops like spinach, arugula, lettuces and radishes on the scene combined with all the goodies that have been maturing throughout the season like cantaloupe, pears and watermelon.

Farmers know that the fall is the biggest harvest season. As you read this fresh, local tomatoes, leeks, onions, carrots, raspberries, mushrooms, garlic and herbs are lining the shelves of your local farmstand. And, of course, drum roll please…apples, corn and pumpkins are all over the East End! It’s a great time and place to be a locavore.

The East End is now home to 13 seasonal farmers markets, located in Bridgehampton, East Hampton, Flanders, Greenport, Hampton Bays, Mattituck, Montauk, Sag Harbor, Shelter Island, Southampton, Southold, Springs and Westhampton Beach. Plus the popular, year-round market on Riverhead’s Main Street.

On the East End, all of our farmers markets are held weekly. Below is a complete list of the markets that are open now. My “favorite” North Fork farmstands are too numerous to mention, so I’ve listed below my fave South Fork stands.

Bon appetit!

North Fork

Greenport Farmers Market
United Methodist Church
622 1st Street, Greenport
Saturdays, 9 a.m.–1 p.m.
Through Oct. 11

Mattituck Farmers Market
95 Love Lane
Fridays, 3 p.m.–6 p.m.
Through Oct. 31

Town of Riverhead Farmers Market
117 East Main Street
Saturdays, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Year-round

South Fork

Flanders Farm Fresh Food Market
David W. Crohan Community Center
655 Flanders Road
Saturdays 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Through Oct. 18

Montauk Farmers Market
Village Green, Center of Town
Thursdays, 9 a.m.–2 p.m.
Through Oct. 9
Plus Fall Festival Oct. 11 & 12

Sag Harbor Farmers Market
Bay and Burke Streets, Sag Harbor
Saturdays, 9 a.m.–1 p.m.
Through Oct. 25

Southampton Farmers Market
23 Jobs Lane
Sundays, 9 a.m.­–1 p.m.
Through Oct. 12

Springs Farmers Market
Ashawagh Hall
780 Springs Fireplace Road
Saturdays, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Through Oct. 15

Westhampton Beach Farmers Market
85 Mill Road, Westhampton Beach
Saturdays, 9 a.m.–1 p.m.
Through Nov. 22

Select South Fork Farm Stands

Balsam Farms
Intersection of Windmill Lane and Town Lane, Amagansett
10 a.m.–6 p.m.
Through October

Country Garden
Millstone Road at Scuttlehole Road, Bridgehampton
9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Through Nov. 30

Dale & Bette’s Farm
Bridgehampton Turnpike (next to Bay Burger),
Sag Harbor
Open 7 days, sunrise to sunset
Through late November

The Green Thumb
829 Montauk Hwy, Water Mill
Open 7 days, 9 a.m.–5 p.m.
Through November

The Milk Pail
1346 Montauk Hwy, Water Mill
Wednes­day ­– Monday, 10 a.m.–6 p.m.
Year-round

Milk Pail U-Pick
50 Horsemill Lane, Water Mill
Fri.–Sun., 10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Through October

Pike Farms
Sagg Main Street, Sagaponack
Open 7 days, 9 a.m.–7 p.m.
Through November

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