Now that the winter chill has finally thawed out for good and spring-like weather is here to stay, local farmstands and farmers markets will be opening soon.
In anticipation of the delightful occasion, here's when you can start supporting local farmers, purveyors, and vendors at Hamptons and East End farmers markets.
The Ambers Waves Farm Farmers' Market (367 Main Street, Amagansett, www.amberwavesfarm.org
), which took over the Amagansett Farmers' Market, will launch on Tuesday, May 15 and remain open daily, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., until Thanksgiving. The only exception is Wednesdays when the Market is closed. However, after July 4th the Market will be open seven days a week. Shoppers will find Amber Waves Farm's produce, flowers and herbs, as well as cheese from Mecox Bay Dairy
, mushrooms from Open Minded Organics and Carissa's breads and many others locally sourced drinks, snacks, and market made sandwiches. Additionally, locally sourced handmade gifts, and housewares will be available, as will an expansive book collection - with features on farming, cooking, kids educational, and more.
The East Hampton Farmers' Market
(136 North Main Street, East Hampton, www.facebook.com
) opens on Friday, May 18. The "curated farmers market" will bring together a plethora of the "best and happiest" East End-based farmer/producers every Friday, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., through September 7.
The Westhampton Beach Farmers' Market
(85 Mill Road, Westhampton Beach, www.westhamptonchamber.org
) will run from Saturday, May 19 through Saturday, October 27. The Market will be open Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The majority of farmers' markets will relaunch over Memorial Day weekend. The Havens Farmers Market
at Shelter Island Historical Society (16 South Ferry Road, Shelter Island, shelterislandhistorical.org
) begins on Saturday, May 26 and will remain open through Saturday, September 2. The Farmers' Market, which will include offerings from Alice's Fish Market, Blue Duck Bakery
, Chocology Unlimited, Consider Bardwell Farm, Gianni's Chicken Burgers, Gimme Shelter, Goodale Farms
, Greenport Jerky Co., K Gallery Boutique, KK's The Farm, Island End Farms, Island Time Farm, Organic Olive Juice Co., Sarah Shepherd, Simply Nicki, Stars Cafe, The Perfect Pickle, Wesnofske's Farm, and more, will take place on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
St. Mary's Episcopal Church
(165 Ponquogue Avenue, Hampton Bays, 631-728-1104, www.stmaryshb.org
) will open over Memorial Day weekend (May 26) and remain open through Labor Day weekend. The Farmers' Market will take place on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The Springs Farmers' Market
at Ashawagh Hall (780 Springs Fireplace Road, East Hampton, www.facebook.com
) will also open for the season on Saturday, May 26. The Market will be open on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The Sag Harbor Farmers' Market
(Intersection of Bay Street and Burke Street, Sag Harbor, sagharborfarmersmarket.org
) is among the Hamptons markets that will debut over Memorial Day weekend. It'll be open on Saturdays, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., through October 27.
The Southampton Village Farmers' Market
(25 Jobs Lane, Southampton, www.southamptonchamber.com
) will debut on Sunday, May 27, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., and return every Sunday through October 7.
The last of the Hamptons markets to launch is the Montauk Farmers' Market
(On the Village Green, Montauk, www.montaukchamber.com
) - whose motto is "If they can 'Bake it, Catch it, Grow it' you can purchase it." It'll debut on Thursday, June 7 and run every Thursday through September 13. After that, it will return on Fridays through September 28 and pop back up for the Fall Festival Weekend (October 6 and October 7). The market will be open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and a portion of the proceeds will benefit the Montauk Food Pantry.
On the North Fork, the Greenport Farmers Market (1405 Moores Lane, Greenport, greenportfarmersmarket.com
) - whose motto is "From the North Fork to Your Fork" - will debut on Saturday, June 23 and remain open through Saturday, October 27. You can stop by on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Unfortunately, after a great nearly ten year run, the Hayground School Farmers Market will not reopen.
Nicole is the Editor-in-Chief of Hamptons.com where she focuses on lifestyle, nightlife, and mixology. She grew up in the Hamptons and currently resides in Water Mill. www.hamptons.com