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Countywide Farmers Market Celebrates Grown on Long Island Day

Friday, August 7, is the official date of the 2015 Celebrate Grown on Long Island Day at the Suffolk County Farm in Yaphank. This event will host a myriad of East End farms and wineries that will show off their local produce and wares.

There will be plenty of activities for children and the whole family, as well as an educational animal farm and an opportunity to meet Long Island farmers.

Celebrate Grown on Long Island Day is hosted by Cornell Cooperative Extension, Long Island Farm Bureau and their partners. Their goal is to celebrate the heart of the farming season, which extends into autumn, and to promote and support the best local products. Long Island is home to 35,000 acres of working farms growing more than 100 varieties of products.

“This farmers market was established to highlight the best crops and products we know of,” said Robert Carpenter of the Long Island Farm Bureau.

In addition to the farmers market, there will also be a seafood throwdown competition featuring local produce and local chefs.

“There will be an official chef competition, seafood throwdown with guest judges including Fox Network’s Master Chef Junior Kayla from Long Island,” said Natasha Beccaria of the Long Island Farm Bureau.

“It is tailored to local people—all are welcome. It is open to the public,” Carpenter said. “Come to the market and enjoy the day, have some roasted corn, but remember these products.”

The Long Island Farm Bureau believes that supporting local farms as an investment in the community is vital for the region to flourish. The Cornell Cooperative Extension Suffolk County Farm is located at 350 Yaphank Avenue, Yaphank.

Grown on Long Island Day will be open to the public for one day only, Friday, August 7, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 350 Yaphank Avenue, Yaphank.

Click here for more information on local products and farm stands.

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