Written by Patti Wood, Editorial@Antonnews.com Thursday, 06 June 2013 00:00
The Port Washington Farmers’ Market will open their season this Saturday morning, June 8. The market will be set up on the Town Dock every Saturday until the last weekend in October. Hours are 8 a.m. to noon.
Each year we hear more and more about the health benefits of eating locally and seasonally. The market brings to the residents of Port and surrounding communities a wide selection of fresh foods grown or made here on Long Island or caught in nearby south shore waters. As regulars will tell you, nothing comes close to the taste of just-picked sautéed greens and potatoes (or squash) and a nice piece of fresh fish.
But there is more. Buying from farmers’ markets supports the local sustainable farm community. In today’s world of huge agri-businesses, fossil fuel-dependent transportation and worries over GMO crops, fertilizers containing sewage sludge and pesticide residues, the market offers you safer and more sustainable food choices. Port’s market is the only 100 percent organic market in New York State. We support growers who work in harmony with nature, who do not pollute our air or our ground water with chemicals that can impact our health and who have respect for our natural environment.
This year we’ll have beautiful produce from the Golden Earthworm Farm and Orient Organics, breads, cheeses, fresh salsas and empanadas, juices, fish, honey, flowers from Emerald Farm, local baked goods (yes, blueberry muffins!) and delicious organic coffee from Café Mam (not local, but coffee is not negotiable). And new this year, we will have local artisans taking turns throughout the season displaying and selling their work.
The market is a project of local non-profit, Grassroots Environmental Education. For more information, call Patti or Doug Wood at Grassroots at 883-0887.