Riverhead’s indoor farmers’ market is open for the season in new, larger digs.

The indoor market, which debuted on East Main Street in February moved to the riverfront for the summer and is now back indoors at 221 East Main Street (corner of McDermott Avenue) in downtown Riverhead.  See photo slideshow, below.

The Riverhead BID Management Association, which is sponsoring the market,  has 50 vendors lined up for the season, with more on the way, president Raymond Pickersgill said. The group is considering expanding the market to be open Sundays as well, he said. It has been open Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The new space is twice the size and is much more accommodating, Pickersgill said. It has a functioning heating system and bathrooms, which the old space was lacking, he said.

“It’s really very nice here,” Pickersgill said yesterday as the indoor market opened its doors for the first time in the new location. It didn’t take long for the store — the former home of the Dinosaur Walk Museum — to fill up with shoppers.  The indoor market was an instant success from the moment it opened in February, the brainchild of Pickersgill, Browder’s Birds owner Holly Browder and Riverhead Community Development Agency director Chris Kempner.

“This was a great idea. It did a lot for Main Street last winter, bringing hundreds of people to downtown Riverhead every Saturday in the dead of winter,” Riverhead Supervisor Sean Walter said yesterday. “Every Saturday you saw people walking up and down the street because of the farmers’ market. And they came from all over, too.”

RiverheadLOCAL photos by Peter Blasl

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