It’s getting harder to complain about how difficult it is to eat locally in the winter. After the smashing success of the Topping Rose farmers market over MLK weekend, vendors and the town of Riverhead have put together a recurring market in the empty Sweezy’s storefront on East Main Street. Expect to find many of the same vendors that were in Bridgehampton with the added benefit of a chef table and a kids club. Chef Lia Fallon of the Riverhead Project will be manning the chef’s table for the debut market on February 1, and organizing a rotating roster of chefs for the following weeks.
Dawn Betke of the online newsletter Riverhead Macaroni Kid will be hosting the kids club, which will encourage children to learn about nutrition and healthy eating through stories, crafts and hands on activities. The Kids Club will be available every other Saturday starting February 1 and ending on May 10. The Greenport Farmers Market has a similar, and very successful, program.
Riverhead Farmers Market
117 East Main Street. Saturdays, February 1 through May 17 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Goodale Farms, cheese; Greenhouse Affect/Garden Fusion, potted plants, herbs; Gula Gula Empanadas, baked empandas; Kalypso Greek Yogurt, yogurt; Long Island Livestock Company, fibers, yarn, skin products; Long Island Mushroom Company, mushrooms; Lulu Knits, knit goods; Mecox Bay Dairy, cheese, pork; Merkin Fisheries, seafood (Hampton Bays); Miss Lady Small Batch Rootbeer, root beer; Moustache Brewing Co., beer in growlers; Papa Pasquale Pasta, pasta, italian food, cured meat, cheese; Race Rock Oysters, oysters, smoked fish; Backyard Bounty, cut flowers; Riverhead Macaroni Kid, kids club; Tend Organic Coffee, coffee roasters.