Friday, 11 June 2010 00:00
This Saturday at 8 a.m., the Port Washington Organic Farmers’ Market will open for the season on the Town Dock. This unique 100 percent organic market has been growing steadily since it opened in 2002 and will feature more than a dozen vendors this year.
Early spring greens, French breakfast radishes, salad turnips, spring onions and strawberries will be among the first offerings by the farmers. And for those of you who missed your organic honey and honey products, there will be a fresh stock. New to the market will be fresh wheatgrass juice and wheatgrass plants along with some fantastic yogurts and fresh eggs.
They are looking forward to seeing regulars arrive with their families in tow or stopping by on their bikes for some carrots and a quick cup of coffee and a muffin… or a fabulous baked item from the market’s new certified organic bakers. The Port Washington Organic Farmers’ Market invites all Port residents to share in this healthy fun every Saturday morning through the end of October.
Author Wendell Berry and sustainable agriculture advocate said, “The most secure, freshest and the best-tasting food supply is local food produced by local farmers who like their work, like their products and like having them appreciated by people they know. Markets of the right kind and scale also fulfill an important social function. They are places where neighbors, producers and consumers meet and talk. People come to the farmers’ market to shop and might stand around and talk half a day.” This seems to be the atmosphere at this farmers’ market, where you can purchase your produce and other items and then sit with friends in the café and enjoy the beauty of Manhasset Bay along with a healthy morning snack. Please bring your own bags or baskets.
For more information, call Grassroots Environmental Education or Doug and Patti Wood at 883-0887. Grassroots is a national 501(c)(3) environmental health nonprofit organization dedicated to educating the public about the links between common environmental exposures and human health. Along with farming the historic Dodge property, the Farmers’ Market is a local project of Grassroots.