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Market Fresh In Locust Valley

The Locust Valley Farmer’s Market started in early June for locals and visitors to enjoy fresh produce from farms on Long Island.

Elaine Domaleski, from Gajeski Products in Riverhead, has been selling her nephew’s products at this market since it opened 12 years ago.  They enjoy coming to this market because of the people and atmosphere.

“It’s a very quiet, not very big market,” Domaleski said.

Gajeski Products is currently selling products in season such as carrots, strawberries and lettuce. Later in the summer, Domaleski says they will start selling blueberries and corn.

New to the market this year is Chez Hedwige, a gluten-free baked goods shop started by Edwige Oriol of Valley Stream. Oriol started the business after she discovered that she needed to have gluten-free products.

“You can have a cupcake and enjoy it, too,” Oriol said.

All of Oriol’s products are made with organic and natural ingredients such as coconut flour and flax seed. There are no additives, preservatives or ingredients in her products.

Maureen Barrett, Locust Valley resident, has been coming to the farmer’s market for the past 10 years.

“Everything is always perfect and delicious,” Barrett said. “[The people] are very fair, easy to talk to and accommodating.”

As far as favorite products go, Barrett said there’s not much at the farmer’s market that she doesn’t like.

“The strawberries and asparagus are out of this world,” Barrett said.

The farmer’s market will be in the Grenville Baker Boys and Girls Club parking lot from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. until Nov. 22.

News

Building J at Oyster Bay’s Western Waterfront is again up and running as the Ida May Project builds the 40-passenger oyster boat that will be operated by the WaterFront Center. The Ida May Project of the Christeen Oyster Sloop Preservation Corp. is a not-for-profit 501(c)3 organization whose mission is to preserve Oyster Bay maritime heritage by involving the community in traditional boat building.

Bill Shephard, Herb Scheirhorst, President Clint Smith and Project Manager Hank Tiska were there on a recent Thursday. Smith had left at around 2 p.m. to get a part he had at home they needed to fix the tractor they use to move the logs they cut to size in their saw mill. Fixing their equipment and cutting logs are some of the many projects that encompass the work.

If you missed the 6th annual champagne party at Coe Hall in Planting Fields, put it on your calendar for next year, because this is the party of the summer. A total of 175 guests attended, and many of them were in costume, a new addition to the popular champagne party. The always ebullient Henry Joyce, executive director of Planting Fields Foundation, greeted his guests with his date Daphne, a 3-month-old long haired Dachshund, who is a companion for his Great Dane, Lucy.


Sports

Kevin Mercier, 39, of Oyster Bay, led a large contingent of local runners in the Lynne, Gartner, Dunne & Covello Sands Point Sprint 5 Kilometer Run, held on the grounds of Nassau County’s Sands Point Preserve on Saturday morning, Aug. 9. Mercier was the 18th finisher overall and third in the 35-39 age group with a time of  21 minutes, 7 seconds.

Other local runners winning awards at the Sands Point Preserve were Nicholas Cuddy of Oyster Bay, who earned first place honors in the Clydesdale Weight Division with a time of 25:53, Joanne Gallo of Oyster Bay, who  took home the first place award in the women’s 65-69 age group with a time of 28:11, and Anja Hermann of Oyster Bay, third place woman in the 20-24 age group, who finished in 28:47.

Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Park in Oyster Bay will once again be the site of the Long Island’s premiere multisport event – the 27th annual Runner’s Edge - Town of Oyster Bay Triathlon on Saturday, Aug. 23, and the Runner’s Edge – Town of Oyster Bay Junior Triathlon for youngsters ages 8-13 on Sunday, Aug. 24.

The Saturday main event is a “sprint” triathlon, which consists of a half-mile swim in Oyster Bay harbor, a one loop 15 kilometer bike ride over hill and dale through beautiful Oyster Bay, Oyster Bay Cove and Laurel Hollow, and a 5 kilometer run through Mill Neck and Brookville, “up” to Planting Fields Arboretum and “down”to the finish at back at  Roosevelt  Park.


Calendar

Movie at the Library

Thursday, August 28

Sagamore Hill Walk

Saturday, August 30

Hooks and Needles

Tuesday, September 2



Columns

1959: The Year The Music Stopped Playing
Written by Michael A. Miller, mmillercolumn@gmail.com

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