Explore the Long Island suburbs one bite at a time…
Exploring the Long Island suburbs? Be sure to swing by a farmers market or two. With so many local area farmers, bakers, and other deliciously fun vendors onsite, farmers markets are a great way to get to know a community.
While there are plenty to choose from, these nine are some of our favorites, offering everything from locally roasted coffee to live music, kids’ crafts, activities for dogs and, of course, lots of amazing eats.
#1. Babylon Village Farmers Market
Located in the Babylon LIRR parking lot, this summer outdoor market happens Saturdays from June through November. Expect lots to do including special events, live music, cooking demonstrations, and children’s book signings.
And the food? It’s second to none. This market is known for its artisanal offerings like organic produce from Natural Earth Farms, freshly baked pastries from Orwashers, and pickles from Horman’s Best Pickles.
#2. Long Beach Farmers Market
The Long Beach Farmers Market sits in the center of town at Kennedy Plaza. Starting in May, the market is open on Saturday mornings — then, starting in June, it’s also open Wednesdays, through November.
Some of the most popular picks include fresh corn and heirloom tomatoes — but that’s just a taste. The market is also known for local fish, soaps, and handmade pasta.
And for the kids? Check out the educational nutrition games and crafts happening throughout the season — or, post-market, head to the nearby public library or Magnolia Playground.
#3. Northport Farmers Market
The Northport Farmers Market is held in the Cow Harbor parking lot on Saturday mornings from June through November. A bustling market and go-to for locals, you’ll find a huge selection of regional gourmet goods including Bambino Ravioli, Gentle Brew Coffee, and more. On top of the fresh foods, the market also features live music and dog sitting — yes, dog-loving volunteers will watch your pup while you browse the farm stalls.
#4. Old Bethpage Farm Stand
A local husband and wife team opened this seven-acre farm and farmstand in 2007 as part of the Old Bethpage Village Restoration, a 19th-century living history museum. All year long, you can shop for seasonal produce at Restoration Farm’s farmstand. The stand is open on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons and Saturday mornings from June through October — winter hours vary and are weather-dependent, so you’ll want to check the website before visiting. And if you do wind up moving to Old Bethpage? Locals can also join the farm’s community-supported agriculture program (CSA) to get a box of fresh, seasonal produce each week.
#5. Port Washington Farmers Market
Visit the town dock on Saturday mornings from June through October to check out the Port Washington Farmers Market. This market is the only 100% organic market in New York and is loaded with diverse vendors offering everything from veggies, fruits, and herbs to fish, eggs, honey, bread, cheese, and lots more.
Another must-try: the small tented cafe onsite. This is the perfect spot to settle in with a cup of locally-roasted coffee and a famous “market muffin” while taking in the scene.
#6. Rockville Centre Farmers Market
Every Sunday morning from June through December, one of the Rockville Centre railroad parking lots transforms into an incredible farmers market. From seasonal vegetables to fresh eggs, this market offers all of the staples. Plus, you can enjoy some gourmet treats from local spots like Sal and Jerry’s Bakery and Baked Right In.
#7. Roslyn Farmers Market
The Roslyn Farmers Market is held on Wednesday mornings from June through December in Christopher Morley Park. While the 2021 season was canceled, this popular market draws locals from all over the North Shore for fresh local produce as well as arts and crafts and live music. Another perk? After shopping, you and your crew can hit the dog park, hiking trails, or playground, all at Christopher Morley. During warmer months, there’s a public pool open to the Town of North Hempstead’s residents and guests.
#8. Deep Roots Farmers Market
Sea Cliff hosts a farmers market on Saturdays from 9:00am-1:00pm at 100 Garvies Point Road in Glen Cove (on the west side of The Beacon Condos). The market runs from June through October, and offers a great selection of items grown or made on Long Island. You’ll find baked goods, honey, eggs, and other sustainably produced items, plus farmers market essentials like herbs, veggies, and fruit. Each week a local craft vendor also showcases their artwork.
#9. Westbury Farmers Market
Held in the Samanea New York Mall parking lot on Sunday mornings, the Westbury Farmers Market is a weekly go-to for residents. Swing by for lots of unique offerings including baked empanadas from Jessy’s Pastries and sweet treats from Corinne’s Kitchen.
Plan to combine your trip to the market with a visit to the nearby Hemlock Playground where kids can burn off some steam between town tours.
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