The Greenport Farmers Market will return next weekend, opening for its fifth season. This year the market will set up shop in a brand new location — the parking lot located at the corner of South and Second streets.
“This is a new location for us and we’re still gathering the troops,” said Lara McNeil, one of the market’s organizers. “We will have MarGene Farms, Catapano Farm and Dairy [Farm], Blue Duck Bakery and East End Mushroom… and those are just the ones off the top of my head.”
The Greenport Farmers Market, Inc. is a not-for-profit organization, having applied for 501 (c) status, though the application is pending approval. While its mission is to provide locally grown farm goods and locally sourced seafood, part of the market’s profits finance local initiatives like youth and senior outreach programs as well as making local foods accessable to low income families. Many familiar vendors are expected to return.
On the last Saturday of each month the farmer’s market will also offer a cooking with kids program.
The Greenport Farmers Market was once held in the Greenport United Methodist Church parking lot, but was forced out this year, according to Suffolk Times. It was able to secure the new location with the support of the Village Board.
“This was the spot chosen by the Village Board and we were glad to have a space closer to the center of town,” said McNeil.
The Greenport Farmer’s Market kicks off its 5th year next Saturday June 13, and will run from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the parking lot located on South Street and Second Street. The event will continue weekly until Sept. 13.