Long Island’s first specialty market devoted to local products of the region is now welcoming customers with its grand opening weekend happening right now, and culminating in a ribbon cutting ceremony on the evening of Monday, August 6, 2012.
Owners Courtney and Jim Thompson – a Daughter and Dad team – created A Taste of Long Island with a dual purpose. The Farmingdale, Long Island business is both a commercial kitchen for local entrepreneurs looking to produce batches of “made on Long Island” branded food products. The specialty food market at the front of the store offers clients who use the kitchen – as well as other Long Island food artisans – the chance to sell their products to retail customers.
The shelves are now stocked with all manner of diverse and delectable products springing from the hearts, minds, hands and soil of Long Island food artisans. Colorful labels list places of origin such as Huntington, Bellmore and Peconic.
The commercial kitchen has been up and running since early July, and clients have been lining up to schedule shifts. Bobby Tomatoes fresh spreads, “Tomato Delight” and “Parsley Delight” were produced in the Taste of Long Island kitchen and are now available in the food market.
Catapano Goat Cheese - produced on Long Island’s North Fork, and a Culinary Types favorite – is available, along with a selection of soaps and beauty products made at the Catapano Dairy.
A stunning double-layered carrot cake prepared by a pastry chef and caterer who runs the company “David’s Delights,” sells at local farmers markets, and promises “the best desserts around,” has a prominent spot in the new pastry display case.
“We’re a small business that is helping other small businesses expand, and we’re excited about that,” says Jim.
Throughout the grand opening weekend, there are tastings scheduled by various Long Island food artisans. Weekly tastings of Long Island wine are planned for the future, as well.
A Taste of Long Island is located at 211A Main Street in Farmingdale, Long Island. The phone number is 516-694-2859. A complete list of vendors can be found here. When you visit, you’re not likely to leave empty handed!
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