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Riverhead was jam packed Saturday with cabin-fevered food lovers who took to the streets all bound for one place: the brand spanking new winter farmers market in the old Swezey’s Department Store building.

The foot traffic was unending throughout the day, and many vendors said they sold out of their wares or had to rush out to restock. Guitarist and singer Larrin Gerard of Mattituck and banjo minstrel Warren McKnight entertained the crowds, which spilled over into restaurants and other shops throughout downtown Riverhead.

The market continues every Saturday through May 17 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. More information is available on their Facebook page.

Warren McKnight plays  Leadbelly’s “Goodnight Irene,” in a tribute to Pete Seeger, who frequently performed the song. Mr. Seeger passed away last Monday.


Larrin Gerard performs Imagine Dragons’ “Radioactive” at the Riverhead Farmers Market.


Beth Young
Beth Young is an award-winning local journalist who has been covering the East End since the 1990s. She began her career at the Sag Harbor Express and, after receiving her Masters from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, has reported for the Southampton Press, the East Hampton Press and the Times/Review Media Group. She founded the East End Beacon website in 2013, and a print edition in 2017. Beth was born and raised on the North Fork. In her spare time, she tinkers with bicycles, tries not to drown in the Peconic Bay and hopes to grow the perfect tomato. You can send her a message at editor@eastendbeacon.com

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