Farmers Market Nurtures Small Biz
Through its second annual weekly farmers market, Teachers Federal Credit Union is creating the next generation of small business owners.
Producers of locally grown produce and artisanal foods from both established farmers and up-and-coming businesses will set up shop at the $4.9 billion cooperative’s Artisanal Farmers Market June 5 at its headquarters in Hauppauge, N.Y.
Teachers Federal Credit Union said it will partner with The Kitchen Co-Op, an Amityville, N.Y.-based food business incubator.
“We are proud to help nurture the next generation of small businesses while providing our community with the best locally grown produce and food products,” said Robert Allen, TFCU president/CEO.
The farmers market will be open to all Long Islanders starting Thursday and appear weekly every Thursday at TFCU’s Hauppauge location until Oct 30.
Allen said the community gathering brings together Long Island’s past and future in one event.
“These markets, first established by local farmers and embraced by local artisans from a variety of professions, are the commercial future of Long Island. It’s important we support their efforts,” he said.
The credit union’s farmer’s market has grown in popularity. Last year, it hosted 15 vendors.
This summer, 23 vendors will offer fresh produce, fruit, grain-fed beef, dairy products, locally-caught seafood, gluten-free soups and baked goods, olive oils, hummus, bread puddings, Italian foods, cheeses, pickles, teas and other items, according to TFCU.
“Partnering with TFCU helps our entrepreneurs get out into the market, all while showcasing that Long Island is still very capable of producing healthy, vibrant food,” said Cindy Sierra, co-founder of The Kitchen Co-Op.