The Long Island Growers Market is bringing their local products to the Seaford community starting this Saturday.
The weekly farmers' market will be held at the every Saturday from June 2 until the end of November from 7 a.m. - noon. This Saturday's debut event in Seaford will feature live music along with the appearance of Town of Hempstead elected officials including Supervisor Kate Murray.
Seaford resident Donna Jebaily had considered bringing a farmers market to her community for several years and finally approached the Long Island Growers Market this past winter about the idea.
"In the past, we would have to drive out eat in order to buy freshly picked, local produce," said Jebaily, who has called Seaford home for more than two decades. "It has been only in recent years that the farmer's markets have been coming to Nassau County. I thought it would be great for Seaford, not only for the convenience, but also to bring us together as a community."
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After speaking with Ethel Terry, who works with Long Island Growers Market running several markets across Nassau County, Jebaily saw it would benefit far beyond Seaford. With the addition of Seaford, the Long Island Growers Market operates 12 farmers markets through Nassau and Suffolk counties that allow strictly local vendors who make, bake, grow or roll their own products.
"It will be a great thing not only for the area, but to support our local farmers," she said. "It is also a state funded program that supplies free fruits and vegetables to the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children and qualifying seniors."
For opening day, the Seaford market already has 14 local vendors offering fruit, vegetables, homemade pastas, wine, goat cheese, artisan breds, flowers, pickles, dog treats and more. The market opens at 7 a.m. in the east end lot of the train station.
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