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Do You Support Your Local Farmers Market?

by Nellie

Do you visit your local farmers market?

I Love NY Farmers Market Luncheon

In the heart of NYC we have one of the most popular farmers markets located in union square. You can get pretty much anything at this market from fresh fruit, to pastries to apple cider and even meat and fish! Last week I was invited to a luncheon by The I Love NY Tourism Board and tour of the market and it was really so informative!

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I’ve been to the market many times but I never knew the background on where the food was sourced from. There are SO many farmers in New York State and Long Island that that provide fresh produce to farmers markets all across the city. The Greenmarket Regional Farms network shared that they have over 500k acres of farm land that they source from. They cut out the middle men and bring the fresh produce directly from farm to table.

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New York State Tourism

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Contrary to popular belief, New York State is so much more than NYC there are so many beautiful wineries, breweries, cideries and stunning farms all across the state. You guys already know that I have family upstate so I am super familiar with the gorgeous landscape.

Here are some of the highlights and fun places you can visit in New York State (including some awesome places in Long Island too–It is way more than just the Hamptons!).

Awesome upcoming events in Long Island

Aug. 6:  Long Island Craft Classic. Heckscher State Park.  Over 50 craft breweries, wineries and cider mills.

Aug. 25: Lost Foods, New Foods. Southampton Historical Society. Sample local and heritage foods and beverages.

Sept. 10-11: Montauk Seafood Festival. Montauk. Sun, sand, surf and seafood.

Sept. 17-18: Long Island Garlic Festival. Aquebogue. Food, music, garlic eating contest, garlic ‘Iron Chef.’

Sept. 25: Long Island Potato Festival. Southampton. Mashed potato sculpting contest, potato peeling contest, potato salad contest, mashed potato eating contest. King/Queen spud.

Sept. 24-25: Greenport Maritime Festival. Greenport. Local crafts, pirates, tall ship tours, food and beverages.

Oct. 15-16: Oyster Festival. Oyster Bay. Local chefs, culinary pros, crafts, tall ships, midway rides.

For more information on Long Island Tourism check outwww.discoverlongisland.com

Central New York

Remsen Barn Festival

There is SO much to do in Central New York–check it out!

  • 184,500+ Hike-able Bike-able Public Wilderness
  • 200+ Bird Species sighted at the great swamp conservancy
  • 98 Miles of the Erie Canal that accommodate paddling biking and hiking
  • For more information on Central New York check out visitcentralnewyork.com

Lunch

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We had the honor of being served at The Pavilion in Union Square:

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The menu featured locally sourced meats and vegetables and all of the food was so, so good. It was really the best meal I’ve had in a long time. The vegetable flat bread was to die for. So yummy!

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Have you been to Central New York or to the Long Island Festivals? Do you visit your local Farmers Market?

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8 comments

Allie August 2, 2016 - 5:39 am

WOW! Now I’m starving!! We have a (very) local farmer’s market, which has amazing selections of meat, fish, dairy, vegetables, fruits, breads and pies but nothing like that! We go every Saturday we can manage and the kids absolutely love it. One great thing about living in this farmer’s town is all the fresh foods!

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Diane August 2, 2016 - 5:42 am

Ahh you’re making me miss New York so much! That looks like an awesome event! I love sampling the local produce and products and there’s no shortage of that where I live now. 😉

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Janine Huldie August 2, 2016 - 6:54 am

Thank you for sharing the upcoming schedule for Long Island and that first one isn’t too far off from us and will have to see if I can check out with Kevin this weekend now!! 🙂

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Kimberly G August 2, 2016 - 7:49 am

I used to visit my local farmers market in Stamford but I only go every now and then. The main issue I had was that the produce was not organic and the prices were inflated (abour 50% more than the organic produce in the supermarket).

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Tamara August 2, 2016 - 3:15 pm

Mm.. that menu!
I live in a highly green and locavore part of the world, but I think the food in NYC (and even SF) is unmatched sometimes. SO good. Fresh. Imaginative. From the farms. I totally dig.
I wish I could go to the events in NYC! We have a Tuesday market here. In fact, I think I’ll go today.

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kita bryant August 2, 2016 - 3:20 pm

I visit mine but it’s so far that I can’t get there often. I try to go at least once a month though I get the freshest products when I do go

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Leslie August 10, 2016 - 11:58 pm

Wow, look at all those gorgeous food shots! Sadly, we don’t get the chance to go to the farmer’s market that often. I’m actually thinking that we need to start going the CSA route…it’s just so hard to meal plan around those!

And looking at that list of events coming up makes me wish we were in the NYC area. A garlic festival sounds incredibly delicious!

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Morgan August 18, 2016 - 12:15 pm

That’s awesome! Glad to hear you enjoyed the luncheon. If you ask me, your local farmer’s market is the best place to get fresh fruits, veggies, and other necessities! Thanks so much for giving your input!

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