What’s your background?
I took a farm class at a farm at Montauk as a joke, but wound up getting really passionate about agricultural policy issues.
What’s the history of farmer’s markets?
Green Markets have been going on for about 30 years. The LIC market started small, but we’re trying to etch our way into the community so people know they can count on this market.
How are your products different from those in a grocery store?
All of vendors are the farmers who grew the products. You’re actually getting farm, fresh vegetables that have been picked the night before you bought them. You’re supporting your local farmers and their farmlands.
Is this part of the Slow Food Movement?
We definitely fall into the Slow Food philosophy.
What kind of non-produce items do you have?
We have one bakery. Every other week we have a beef seller. He raises cattle right here in New York. We also have a fisherman from Long Island who fishes off of the Hamptons. And we have eggs from vegetarian diet chickens and the most amazing apple turnovers.
Not at the moment, but we’re looking for farmers. We’re really trying to encourage cut flowers and dairy. They way to get these folks to the market is to rally behind it
Are your products organic?
Most of our farmers use minimal pest management. Although they’re not certified organic, its integrated pest management - the least amount of pest management to control your crops.
What are the best things to pick up at the market during the fall season?
Right now it’s a great time to get the last of your tomatoes for the season and the last of the summer stock like peppers and eggplant. What is coming in now is great broccoli and all different varieties of edible pumpkins and squash. Autumn is also going to bring us kale and shard. We also have two orchards that come out, so right now we have a great variety of apples, plums and pears.
Do you have any upcoming events?
We’re going to have a Halloween clambake on Saturday the 25th with fresh caught local clams. There’s no admission.
Really? It’s free?
Yup. It’s about food and community and supporting your local farmers.