There is perhaps no better place to find local fresh fruits and vegetables, delicious jams and jellies or tangy meats and seafood than at the Rockville Centre Farmers Market.
Each summer, vendors from across Long Island gather in Railroad Parking Lot 12 at Long Beach Road and Sunrise Highway to sell food and other products that are locally grown, raised or made. The annual market, organized by the Long Island Growers Market, has gone on for about 25 years and is one of the busiest marketplaces on the island.
“We only sell what we make, bake, grow or catch,” coordinator Ethel Terry said. “The customers know everything is prepared fresh for them…because people want to know where their product is coming from.”
If you are looking for fruits and veggies, try Fred Terry Farms or Orchards of Conklin, which also offers baked goods, cider and peanut butter. Shoppers can find more bread and pastries at the Bearded Baker or Orwashers Baked Goods, and Polka Dot Pound Cake offers sweeter options. Frozen Sin Truck makes homemade ice cream and donuts, and shoppers can buy jams and jellies at Pecks of Maine.
Are you thirsty? Hit up the 6 Juice Company, or New York Gourmet Coffee. For hungrier customers, Giannis makes homemade chicken burgers; Papa Pasquale whips up famous raviolis; Merken Fisheries provides you with seafood straight from the water; and Jessie’s Empanadas has plenty of its title dish.
There is also yogurt and cheese at Coach Farms, and be sure to check out Marshall Creek Spices. You also might regret missing the pickles at Horman’s Best Pickles or Norman’s Pickle Company. Other products at the market include soaps at Clean Essence, olive oils at Arlotta Food Studio and cookie butters at Coach Farms.
The market runs every Sunday from 7 a.m. to noon through Nov. 18. For more information, visit www.longislandgrowersmarket.com.