Grown on Long Island Day Favors Local Flavors

July 28, 2011 at 12:23 pm

Long Island’s agreeable weather, clean waters and fertile soil have made this narrow island the heart of New York’s agriculture industry.  As a result, Long Island farmers are proud to offer residents a bounty of fresh fruits, vegetables, poultry, fish, herbs, flowers and wine.

To increase the public’s awareness of Long Island’s unique agricultural offerings, the Long Island Farm Bureau is inviting residents to celebrate the local harvest at “Grown on Long Island Day” in Yaphank, L.I. on Aug. 5. The farmers market extravaganza, which takes place at Suffolk County Farm from noon to 5 p.m., will also present food and wine tastings and an educational petting zoo. The Farm Bureau hopes the event will encourage more people to take advantage of local farm stands year-round. A map of all L.I. farm stands can be found here.

While admission is free, visitors can make a donation to Island Harvest, the largest hunger relief organization on Long Island.

For more information about the event, call 631-727-3777.