The Sag Harbor Farmers Market kicked off its 11th season on Saturday at its summer location on Bay Street.
The market, open every Saturday from now through the end of October, features 23 vendors, two of which—both based in East Hampton—are new to the lineup.
Wyse Organics, a start-up founded by Chef Allan Wyse, offers organic, frozen meals made from local produce and cooked via sous-vide. According to the company’s website, the method “consists of sealing prepared food in airtight plastic bags and freezing it. When needed, the bags are then submerged in simmering water until the food is cooked completely.”
“I’d been testing this for years,” Mr. Wyse said of the cooking mechanism. “The products don’t lose any flavor, texture, and I don’t have to add any preservatives because of the vacuum seal.”
The farmers market also features first-time vendor Bonac Farms, a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) co-op and local farm off Long Lane in East Hampton. The farm sells fruits, vegetables, and herbs for both cooking and medicinal purposes. None of them have been treated with any fungicides, herbicides, and pesticides, according to its website.
Also new to this year’s market is a rotating table for vendors looking to get their feet wet in the industry before committing to a season-long table.
“It’s a chance for vendors to get introduced to the market who maybe couldn’t support that amount of product week after week,” said Jean Gaul, the market manager.
The rotating vendors include the Sag Harbor-based honey company Bee’s Needs, made from local North Fork and South Fork honeybees; Nuna Knits, a “farm-to-fashion” wool company that sells soaps, hand-spun yarns and hand-knit garments; and Baby Hampton, an all-natural, organic skincare line designed especially for children.
“There’s really something for everyone,” Ms. Gaul said of the variety of vendors at this year’s market. “I think the most important part of all of it is the interest in healthy eating and sustaining family farms out here. This really allows that whole lifestyle to be protected.”