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East End Food to reopen year-round farmers market

East End Food, a Southampton-based nonprofit, will temporarily move its year-round farmers market to the Twin Fork Beer Co. in Riverhead.

The temporary spot at 807 Raynor Ave. will be open through March 30, while renovations to East End Food’s 5,000-square-foot building at 139 Main Road are still ongoing.

East End Food, a nonprofit that connects local farmers and producers with the community to promote sustainable food systems, raised nearly $1.5 million in donations, grants and sponsorships to begin construction in June 2023 on the 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 asking the community for support in meeting its next milestone, the installation of 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,” Kate Fullam, executive director of East End Food, said in a written statement. “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.”

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