Farmers Market to Open Two Weeks Early

Durell Godfrey

With a number of vendors already raring to go, the East Hampton Farmers Market will open two weeks early this year, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 9 a.m. on Friday.

The market, which was established in 2005 by Joe Realmuto, is held each Friday, rain or shine, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Nick and Toni's parking lot on North Main Street. In full swing, it includes sellers with locally grown produce, plants, cheese and other dairy products, bread, yogurt, pickles, seafood, honey, wine, cider, and baked goods. There is a llama-wool vendor and small-batch soap and beauty items.

Shoppers in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program can get tokens at the market manager's station in the Tend Coffee tent by swiping an Electronic Benefits Transfer, or E.B.T., card. For every $5 worth of tokens, users will receive an additional $2 ticket that can be used to buy items in the market. Some vendors will accept Farmers Market Nutrition Program coupons and Women, Infants, and Children, or WIC, checks for purchases as well.

Nick and Toni's is at 136 North Main Street. Kate Plumb is the market coordinator.