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Montauk Farmers Market Returns Thursday, June 11

The Montauk Farmers Market returns for the summer on Thursday, June 11. Organized by the Montauk Chamber of Commerce, the Farmers Market will be held on the Village Green every Thursday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

More than just a market, the Montauk Farmers Market brings the entire town and visitors together. Vendors and customers alike enjoy attending for the sense of community.

“We love the spirit of the market,” says Laura O’Brien, owner of market vendor Josephine’s Feast, which offers preserves crafted from local ingredients. “The vendors are like old friends coming together in a ‘foodie Coachella’ every week.”

“The Montauk market is our favorite market on the East End,” say Mario Pecoraro and Chris Arlotta of Arlotta Food Studio, which sells organic olive oils, flavored olive oils and renowned balsamic vinegars. “Coupled with the ocean breeze and the colorful and historic town, the Montauk Farmers Market comes alive with all the many vendors that bring amazing products to Montauk visitors and locals each Thursday. For us, as for many of our wonderful co-vendors, it is like being with family each week, with early morning smiles and silence while setting up our tents.”

In addition to the lively atmosphere at the Montauk Farmers Market, expect the best offerings from local merchants: fresh produce, baked goods, gourmet specialties, cut flowers, wines and more. This year, more than 30 vendors are participating, including some highly anticipated newcomers.

“We’re very excited this year to welcome our new vendors,” says Montauk Chamber Executive Director Laraine Creegan. “This farmers market, which already offered a wide variety of choices for the discerning foodie, is now even better.”

Among the new vendors are Talk to Me Treats—offering single-ingredient dog treats, and the North Fork Smoked Fish Co.

“We’re very excited to be [at the Montauk Farmer’s Market]” says Phil Karlin, owner of North Fork Smoked Fish Co. “We’ll be offering a large variety of smoked fish—bluefish, striped bass, sea scallops, eels and more. We also have a line of fish burgers, all natural and gluten-free.”

Of course, many beloved vendors from past summers will take part in the Montauk Farmers Market once again. Market favorite Davis Peach Farm will be returning with their iconic peaches, plums, and hybrid fruits. And this summer they promise to bring even more of their famous sangria mix, along with fresh fruit pies, cobblers and shortcakes.

If you’re in the market for fresh veggies, returning vendor Bhumi Farms is a great option. “Bhumi is one of the smallest farmers at the market, so we don’t offer the breadth of the bigger guys. Instead we focus on selling the freshest produce picked at peak ripeness,” says farmer Frank Bhumi. This summer, Bhumi will offer unique varieties of summer squash, zucchini, tomatoes and eggplant.

Perhaps the biggest draw of the Montauk Farmers Market are the specialty treats. Amagansett Sea Salt Co. is returning with new flavors and blends, including a matcha tea-infused finishing salt. Other specialty foods available at the market include raw, fermented sauerkraut from Hamptons Brine, artisanal pickles from Horman’s Best Pickles, small batch root beer from Miss Lady Small Batch, handmade granola from Stoked Granola by Surfer Gal and lemonade from Sweet’tauk

Produce, herbs and flowers will be available from Amber Waves Farm, Balsam Farms, Bonac Farms, Island End Farms/Wesnofske Farms, Open Minded Organics, Pierpont’s Blossoms Farms and Regina’s Farm Stand. Baked goods, including artisan breads and delectable desserts, will be offered by Carissa’s Breads, Dawn’s Delicious Delights, Monty Breads and Night Owl Baker. And gourmet foods and dairy from Bambino Ravioli and Fresh Pasta Co., Lorna’s Nuts, Hamptons Seafood Company, Mecox Bay Dairy and Goodale Farms will be back for all of your snacking and gift-giving needs. Don’t forget to pick up a bottle of local wine from Pindar/Duck Walk Vineyard or Wölffer Estate Vineyards.

As in years past, the Montauk Farmers Market will again be raising funds for the Montauk Food Pantry. Last year, the Chamber donated over $10,000 to the pantry from the market’s proceeds!

For more information about the Montauk Farmers Market, “like” the market on Facebook or contact the Montauk Chamber of Commerce at 631-668-2428.

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