The East End Food Market was bustling when it opened for the season at its new location on Main Road and Cross River Drive. Pictured: Sang Lee Farms' booth. Photo: Peter Blasl

Following the success of the past year, the East End Food Market on the corner of Main Road and County Route 105 will open its doors for the winter season starting this Saturday.

The indoor farmers market, the largest on the East End, will feature more than 40 vendors featuring their locally sourced and hand crafted products. The market will be open every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. through April 20. The market will be closed on Dec. 24 and 31.

“We had a great spring and summer season at the market, and enjoyed the opportunity to host some special events and themed months as well,” Market manager Nicole Petti said in a press release. “The second season of the winter market is set to be a tremendous success and we look forward to incorporating new partners and programs into the mix.”

Among the partners featured at the market is the East End Arts Council, which will curate artists to display their work at the market, according to the press release. North Fork artist Kara Hoblin will be at the market on opening day to showcase and sell her work, including the mural she painted on the exterior of the building to launch the market’s first season last year. 

The indoor farmers market opened up at its new permanent home at the 5,000-square-foot former site of Homeside Florist and Greenhouses almost a year ago. Since then, the market has been heralded as a success, and the East End Food Institute, the nonprofit organization that took over the operation of the market in 2019, unveiled plans this year to build a multimillion dollar centralized food processing and distribution facility at the site. 

Admission to the market is free. Many vendors accept Double Up Food Bucks, a program for people enrolled in Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) that allows them to  “stretch their dollars” to purchase local produce, according to the press release.

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Alek Lewis is a lifelong Riverhead resident and a 2021 graduate of Stony Brook University’s School of Communication and Journalism. Previously, he served as news editor of Stony Brook’s student newspaper, The Statesman, and was a member of the campus’s chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. Email: