The indoor market was crowded even before its 11 a.m. opening.

Riverhead’s new indoor farmer’s market drew a crowd even before it officially opened for business at 11 this morning, with shoppers wandering from table to table as vendors scurried to set up their displays.

This market is not just for farmers, either. Joining local- area growers today are bakers, baymen, ranchers, fishermen and purveyors of all kinds of craft and specialty products — everything from “small batch” soda, to organic coffee, chocolates, cookies, fresh pasta and handmade soaps.

Organizers Christine Kempner, Riverhead community development director, and Ray Pickersgill, Riverhead BID president, were all smiles as they watched more than 25 vendors setting up.

“I’m lovin’ it,” Pickersgill said.

The farmers market, located at 117 E. Main St. (across from the Suffolk Theater) will run Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. through May 17.

Here’s a quick virtual tour around the new East Main Street market:Mecox Dairy, selling grass-fed beef, pork and cheeses

John Quigley and Jane Macguire of L.I. Mushroom in Cutchogue, where varieties of mushrooms are grown hydroponically year-round.

Mario Peccoraro of Arlotta Olive Oil, based Water Mill. The Arlotta family grows its own olives on their farm in California.

Nick Trastelis and Lauren Goldman of Kalypso Greek Yogurt

Copia Granola, named for the goddess of abundance. GF, all-natural, no preservatives, no guilt. Pictured: owners  Lucy Cascio and Grace Marie Longinetti

Mother-daughter team Judy and Amy Mandala of Delicious Delights Bakery

Hal Goodale and Katie Dinizio of Goodale Farms in Aquebogue, offering fresh milk, yogurt, homemade cheese and locally pastured beef and pork.

The sisters of the All Saints Greek Orthodox Monastery in Calverton, selling a variety of things, including coffee, baklava, spanakopita

Riverhead's own Blue Duck Bakery with a variety of artisan breads for sale

Meredith Daniell of family-owned and operated Merken Fisheries in Hampton Bays, with fresh-caught fish from local waters (including sea scallops just off the boat at 8 a.m.)

Steve Amaral and Lauren Woods of North Fork Chocolate to satisfy your sweet tooth!

Miss Lady Small Batch sodas

Diane Marino, of Moriches, chats with Katria Nieves of Charissa, maker of Moroccan-inspired spices.

 Southampton Soap Company: Pure and natural artisanal soaps, crafted in small kettle batches, poured and cut by hand.

Susan Kennedy of TEND organic coffee

Rosie Scheiber, of Shoreham, owner of Rosie's Country Bake Shop, selling home-made cookies, cakes and sweet treats

Holly Browder of Browder's Birds, selling organic eggs and pastured poultry

L.I. Livestock Co., selling yarns and sundries

 

 Warren McKnight and his banjo

 

 

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