A delicious development for Deer Park

July 23, 2012 by  

Deer Park’s Tanger Outlets has a tasty surprise this summer for weekend shoppers. Every Saturday and Sunday until November, the popular shopping area will host a Farmers’ Market, featuring tempting produce and foodstuffs from businesses across Long Island.

Mary Schneider, one of the original vendors to the market, noted why her customers keep coming back week after week, enthusing:

“You’re getting local, fresh produce. It is not being shipped across the country or shipped internationally from other countries.”

Schneider, one of the owners of Schneider Farms, found the Tanger Outlet to be a convenient location to Melville, where her farm is located.

Farmers’ markets are not typically established at an outlet mall but Justin Wesnofske, owner of a farm in Peconic, is not complaining. The location attracts a different type of customer to other local markets, as he explained:

“We have our regulars and others that just stumble upon us. It’s a little bit different here because of the foot traffic. People are coming in to buy their clothes and end up picking up produce.”

Governor Cuomo’s administration has continued to promote the establishment of local farmers’ markets across the state. In addition to showcasing the wares of farmers and other food and beverage producers, other businesses also gain advantages. More foot traffic in a retail area is always welcome but this type of endeavor also relies on things like printing services to produce the flier and poster printing often used by market vendors to advertise their presence and wares.

Residents and visitors in the Deer Park-North Babylon area will find the Tanger Outlets Farmers’ Market open for business every Saturday and Sunday between 11:00 am. and 3:00 pm from now through November 18.