AN AUSPICIOUS OPENING FOR THE SEA CLIFF FARMERS MARKET AT ITS NEW LOCATION
July 1, 2015 -- The Sea Cliff Farmers Market opened for the 2015 summer and fall seasons this past Saturday at its new location at St. Lukes Church at the corner of Roslyn and Glen Avenues.
"We had a fantastic opening day! Busy right from the start," said Amy Peters, the Market's operator. "We sold out by noon, with the execption of some herbs and garlic scapes. I felt terrible having to turn folks away!"
All of the produce and other items sold at the Market are 100% organic and as local as possible. Fruits and vegetables come from three nearby growers - Three Castles Farm in Westbury, Beagan Young, who grows all organic produce on a section of his family's farm on Hegeman's Lane in Old Brookville, and Orkestai Farm of Oyster Bay, which is operated by Sea Cliff resident Alethea Vasilis.
In addition to the produce, baked goods are offered for sale from Heritage Bakers, an artisinal bakery based in Calverton that uses heirloom wheat in all of its products, and honey from Barna-Bee Honey, a producer of raw, unprocessed, wildflower honey farmed from hives in Syosset. Margaret Barna, of Barna-Bee will be at the Market on July 18. Organic eggs are supplied by Raleigh Poultry Farm in Kings Park and organically grown flower bouquets by Scarcella's in Laurel Hollow.
Beginning on July 11, Ms. Peters said that she hopes to have jams and jellies made by Gourmet Your Way in Glen Cove and at some point to have local fish and clams, for which she is looking for a supplier.
As for the change of venue, from Central Avenue to St. Lukes, Ms Peters seemed quite happy.
"We love the new location," she said. "The folks at St. Luke’s Church have been so welcoming and gracious. Plus, it is lovely in the garden and we have great visibility on Glen Avenue."
The Sea Cliff Farmer's Market will not operate on the Fourth of July, but will run every Saturday thereafter through October. It is open from 9 am to 1 pm. And should it rain, Ms. Peter's said not to worry - that St. Luke's will allow the Market to set up in the Parish Hall if the weather is bad.
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