Farm Bureau to Hold Farmers Market to Promote Long Island Agriculture

As part of a public awareness campaign, the Long Island Farm Bureau, along with Cornell Cooperative Extension, Suffolk County, the Long Island Wine Council and corporate sponsors, is holding a “Grown on Long Island Day” at the Suffolk County Farm at 350 Yaphank, Avenue in Yaphank, on Friday August 5, from noon to 5 p.m.

Admission will be free (children welcome, no dogs allowed) and will grant attendees entrance to a large farmers market, an educational animal yard, food and wine tastings and tours of the farm.

They are also looking to sign up vendors. Call 631. 727.3777 or email to reserve a booth.

The first 500 visitors to donate $10 of produce from the farmers market to Island Harvest will receive a free “Grown on Long Island” T-shirt.

“We feel it’s important for all residents of Long Island to become engaged by seeking Long Island produce, flowers, aquaculture, wine and all things produced locally,” said Joseph M. Gergela III, executive director of LIFB, in a statement. “The best farmland preservation and protection plan we know of is for farmers to be profitable, and the best way consumers can help is to buy local.”