With Memorial Day weekend also comes the return of , which launches its seventh season on Friday.
This season, the market will feature seven new vendors amongst returning farmers, fishmongers, bakers and other specialty food vendors from years past.
The market sets up in the parking lot of restaurant on North Main Street, just outside of East Hampton Village, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The market continues each Friday until Sept. 28, rain or shine.
Twenty-two stands with feature "just-picked and hand-crafted produce, baked goods, pastries, seafood, cheeses, pickles, condiments, spices and more," according to the market organizers. "Promoting both regional agriculture and local commerce by providing small family farms and start-up businesses the opportunity to sell their locally grown and made products directly to consumers, ensuring access to the freshest, mostnutritious farm and prepared products the region has to offer."
Artisanal bakeshop Dolce Nirvana will bring desserts, including gluten-free specialties, Goodale Farms offers fresh goat and cow’s milk products, Life is Grruff will sell natural pet treats, and Joe & Liza’s Ice Cream brings ice cream to the market. Pierpont’s Blossom Farm will have herbs and freshly cut flowers, while Raw Oasis Foods offers up options for those following raw, dairy and gluten-free diets, as well as cheeses and sweets. True Blue Estate will market its roasted Blue Mountain coffee.
“We hope the combination of new and returning vendors and programs will provide a lively market experience week after week for our returning valued shoppers as well as first-time visitors," said market manager Kate Plumb.
Once again this year, the market is participating in the USDA’s Nutrition and Food Service Program. An Electronic Benefits Transfer terminal accepts food stamps so that low-income families can take advantage of the fresh food being sold. All other visitors can use the system to pay by credit card.