We’re counting down the top coolest stories of 2014 on northforker.com. We will publish one story on our list per day, every day, until Jan. 1.
Coming in at number 6 is the opening of the Riverhead Farmers Market.
The Riverhead Farmers Market has been, by nearly all accounts, a huge success for Main Street.
“This is the biggest thing to happen to Riverhead in years,” Ray Pickersgill, president of the Riverhead Business Improvement District Management Association, said earlier this year. “This has worked better than anything else we have tried.”
Held indoors during colder months and along the Peconic River in the summer, the weekly market gives local food producers and crafters an opportunity to connect with a regular audience. It also gives residents the chance to buy fresh, locally grown produce — even when the ground is frozen (hooray for hothouses!).
The Riverhead Farmers Market opened to great acclaim on Feb. 1 in the 8,000-square foot storefront that once housed Swezey’s furniture store. It moved to the riverfront in May and is now located at 221 E. Main St. The market expanded to be open two days a week in November and currently operates all weekend.
Some of our favorite vendors include Taino Sofritos Mojo, which are Puerto-Rican style sauces and Gula Gula Empanadas, although there are so many we love.