The East End Food Market, an indoor farmers market organized by the non-profit East End Food, will be moving temporarily to Twin Fork Beer Co. at 807 Raynor Ave. in Riverhead on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. from Jan. 13 through March 30, 2024.
After work is completed on the site of East End Food’s newly-renovated 5,000 square foot East End Food Hub at 139 Main Road in Riverhead (formerly Homeside Florist), on the corner of Route 25 and Route 105, the farmers market will return year-round to its original location.
East End Food raised nearly $1.5 million in donations, grants and sponsorships to begin construction in June 2023 on an estimated $3 million renovation and site infrastructure project. The organization’s goal is to purchase the property and build out a campus-style food hub in Riverhead to serve the region and sustain local farming and food businesses.
East End Food is now turning to the community for support in meeting its next milestone — installing a $120,000 water main extension that will allow the building to obtain a certificate of occupancy for the year-round farmers market. Future plans include installation of a shared commercial kitchen.
“We are so close to realizing our vision of a vibrant, community-driven space that not only addresses food insecurity but also supports local farmers and food producers,” said Kate Fullam, Executive Director of East End Food. “The generosity of our community has brought us this far, and we are hopeful that they will rally behind us once again to help us secure the remaining funds.”