July 19, 2006
Farmer's Market In EH
Fans of fresh produce, local fish and homemade baked goods have a new haunt to frequent: a farmer's market held every Wednesday from 9 a.m. to noon in the parking lot of Nick & Toni's restaurant in East Hampton.
Joe Realmuto, the executive chef at Nick & Toni's and the organizer of the market, said he envisioned the market as a way to "support local agriculture." There are currently 12 local businesses and farms, all from the East End, participating in the market, and Realmuto said he expects the number to rise to at least 25. He added that a number of people had expressed interest in offering their goods for sale. "People want to become part of it," he said. In a wander through the market, one would come across produce from Quail Hill Farms, quiches and preserves from Eli's Country Delights and fresh bread from The Blue Duck Bakery. Local seafood is also available.
Realmuto said that after a near washout because of heavy downpours on July 5, opening day, there was "a really nice turnout" at last week's market. The market will be held weekly until after Labor Day.