By Nitya Wanchoo
From 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Wednesdays, the Christopher Morley Farmers Market is the place to be. The strip at the entrance is lined with tents, and between sunny weather and fresh food, there’s no better place to pick up the ingredients for your next meal.
There must have been over 15 spots in all the advertisements for a variety of different products. Most vendors are there in the heat every week while others show up less often.
AroChili is set up at the start of the Strip, with appetizers for passers-by. AroChili Oil is a relatively new business, starting in May and selling 500 bottles since. The brand’s motto is “putting Asia on anything” and the product is available online and is rapidly gaining traction. The oil can be used to marinate meat, as a topping for eggs and snacks, and even mixed with mayonnaise and cream cheese as a dip or spread. AroChili posts recipe ideas on his Instagram.
William Tomi and Harneet Madhray are the married duo who put this together, and they try to stop by the market every week to get their name out there. The oil recipe includes bay leaves, pepper, garlic, shallots, oil, chili flakes, habanero (for the spicy ones), etc. The best part – the oils contain no sodium or sugar.
One of the most popular stalls is Peck’s of Maine, selling jams in flavors such as Long Island Raspberry Peach, Prickly Bush Blackberry, Sunshine Strawberry, Four Berry Moose Mashup, Cranberry Jalapeño and Roasted Garlic. Jam-making began as simple gifts for teachers, described as “elementary school gifts”, but quickly grew in popularity. Now they cook in a commercial kitchen in Calverton and sell the perfect preserves for a charcuterie board. All jams are low in sugar, as Peck’s of Maine actively strives to “reduce sugar as much as possible while ensuring it tastes great.”
Further down is Miss Molly’s Honeydrippers, a stall with an abundance of honey. They have been in business for about 12 years now and sell a wide variety of products. Even honey sticks have different flavors depending on the flowers they come from and the time of year. Honey has more subtle flavors in the spring and it turns into a more robust taste in the summer. The honey is made in Riverhead and sold weekly at the Farmer’s Market. Besides honey, products like pollen, lavender, moisturizing body lotion, soap, natural deodorant, insect repellent and lip balms invade the colorful table.
Opposite Miss Molly’s Honeydrippers is Frubae, perfect for a hot day. The frozen exotic fruit is a Hawaiian and Taiwanese fusion food. Fresh fruit is pureed, then frozen and made to be shaved by hand with a machine for each order. The bowl can then be topped with granola and more fresh fruit. The company has a permanent stand in the local Port Washington market. In addition to the Christopher Morley Farmer’s Market, they are at the Glen Cove Farmer’s Market on Saturdays and often at the Smorgasburg Food Festival in Brooklyn.
For those who want something sweet, there are homemade almond crunchies sold by A Little Brittle Heaven, made with all natural and organic ingredients. The crisp is simply made of butter, organic sugar and almonds. They also incorporate brittle into vanilla, chocolate, coffee, and strawberry ice cream. Brittle is sold in bags of different sizes: the small bag, which is two ounces for $5; the big bag, which is six ounces for $10, and the jump bucket, which is eight ounces for $13. A Little Brittle Heaven has a storefront, or brittlery in Massapequa, and they won an award for being the best binge-watching snack.
Towards the end of the strip there is Catch of the Hamptons advertising scallops, tuna, hake, black bass, swordfish, fluke, mahi-mahi, shrimp and salmon (which s sold out very quickly). Catch of the Hamptons is a commercial fishing company that catches fresh fish off the Shinnecock Coast of Long Island. Everything is sourced locally, except wild shrimp caught in the gulf and salmon, farmed in Norway and then flown over. Catch of the Hamptons is owned by fourth-generation commercial fishermen who work at farmers’ markets so they can sell directly to customers. During the summer, they go out from 4 a.m. until 11 p.m.
These are just a few examples of all the tables set up at the Christopher Morley Farmer’s Market. For those in need of a new succulent, beach and barn designs take place every Wednesday. Plus, there are flavored Arlotta oils for any kitchen project and MOMO dressings for salads. The options are endless, go next Wednesday!