Don’t miss out! Join me any Sunday from 9:00 – 1:00 at the Port Jefferson Farmers’ Market in downtown Port Jefferson. But hurry – the season ends at the end of October and it won’t re-open until the late spring. So there are only a few weeks left to enjoy those fabulous, fresh, locally grown fruits and vegetables that will help keep your teeth and gums healthy.
This is the fourth season for the Port Jefferson Market. Several farmers from Long Island’s east end arrive each Sunday with fresh picked produce. In the spring the pickings are mostly herbs and varieties of lettuce. Then come asparagus and strawberries. By mid-July there is a bounty of corn, then tomatoes in August, cucumbers, eggplants and peppers. July fruits include peaches and plums, blueberries and raspberries. The fall’s bounty includes potatoes, broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, brussels sprouts. The fall also brings apples and pears. I have been going to the market each year since it began and I see a welcome increase in visitors and a greater variety of products.
In addition to produce, there are vendors selling lovely local plants and flowers. Some vendors sell cooked goods: bakery items and breads, also cheeses, spreads, honey and specialty items like gluten-free desserts. Increasingly farmers are trying to be organic or at least are limiting insecticide use. The Market has a festive atmosphere as there is always a live band playing popular music. People stroll through the Market, some making purchases, some just walking their dogs or window shopping. A Visit to the Port Jefferson Farmers’ Market is a great way to spend Sunday morning. I always take home bags of fruits and vegetables, wash the items, and cook for the week. I saute the vegetables or roast or steam. I make soups or stews and have salad all week.
Farmers’ Markets are part of what makes Long Island so special. It is one of the best things about Summer. Once November arrives and the Port Jefferson Market shuts down, I’ll look forward to the return of the Market next May. And remember to support our local farmers and visit the dentist regularly.