According to The Farmers’ Market Book, the first farmers market in the United States opened in 1634 in Boston, Massachusetts, and was followed by Hartford, Connecticut in 1643, New York City by 1686, and Philadelphia in 1693, to name just a few.
These venues primarily sold food, and provided an opportunity for farmer’s to sell directly to the public.
It was a time before grocery stores, which began to emerge slowly in the 1700s and continued to gain popularity in the 1800 and 1900s, based on having a wider range of products and a physical store that offered more convenience.
In the late 1960s and 70s, farmers’ market once again began to emerge as a new generation sought to connect with nature, and the market provided the perfect atmosphere to buy food, and other items, while being around friends and neighbors.
That sense of community, and a chance to support local businesses are two reasons why Deep Roots Farmers’ Market (formerly known as Sea Cliff Farmers’ Market), has emerged as a popular place to shop on Saturday mornings, here in Glen Cove, NY.
Since the end of 2020, the market has been located indoors at Glen Cove’s new Downtown Village Square, where it closed at the end of April.
It will re-open outdoors on Saturday, June 5, from 9AM to 1PM, near The Beacon Condos in Garvies Point, Glen Cove’s impressive new waterfront development, where it will be located every Saturday morning weather permitting.
In its new park-like setting by the water, the market will continue to sell prepared food selections that can be enjoyed at their all-new outdoor seating area.
“It’s been a wonderful journey, as the market has found an indoor and now, an outdoor home in Glen Cove, and we are so pleased with the support it has received from area residents,” said Amy Peters, a Glen Cove resident, who has been operating the market for several years and is the chief reason for its success.
Each week, nearly 200 people from the area, on average, have taken advantage of the market’s wide range of sustainably-produced foods, and other items that include jewelry, fragrances, crystals, CBD oil, locally-crafted stained glass, and more.
That number is expected to go up as Deep Roots Farmers’ Market prepares to open outdoors with over 30 vendors that will now include three produce vendors, two of which are from Brookville, and of course the fresh eggs that Amy sources from farms throughout Long Island and sells to a growing number of “regular” customers.
For Amy, running a farmers’ market has allowed her to combine her support for local businesses, and her concerns about protecting the environment.
“The pandemic has made it clear that locally-sourced foods are essential to a community, as are the local businesses that serve Glen Cove and neighboring residents,” added Amy.
As a self-proclaimed environmental activist, Amy points out that the vast majority of fruits and vegetable sold in supermarkets locally come from California, Mexico and Peru, traveling a very long way to get here and only adding to the carbon emissions that continue to adversely affect our planet.
“Our goal is to bring quality local products to our local community, and I am pleased to see that more and more people are supporting our effort here in Glen Cove and the surrounding areas,” states Amy.
In addition to foods and other items, many people will tell you that they attend the Deep Roots Farmers’ Market to have a place to go on Saturday morning, where they can be around other community members and enjoy a positive start to their day.
“Some of the first people we see when we open our doors are seniors who tell me how they really appreciate having a place like the market to come to, where they can feel safe and secure,” adds Amy.
To make visitors comfortable, the market has been conducting temperature checks at the door, providing hand sanitizers throughout, and maintaining social distancing, as required by NYS law.
“Comfort comes in many forms these days, and we go out of our way to check all the boxes, so our customers can fully enjoy the experience of being here,” adds Amy.
Deep Roots Farmers’ Market first indoor season in Glen Cove is now behind her, as Amy prepares for the big outdoor opening June 5.
“It was a challenging indoor season, but it turned out great,” says Amy. “Prior to closing, a first time visitor commented how amazed he was at what we had done, and didn’t understand why he hadn’t heard about us sooner.”
Of course, there is only so much one person can do, and Amy has reached out to Glen Cove Schools and the Youth Program to encourage volunteers to become a part of the market experience.
In addition to adding more vendors and growing the number of attendees, Amy also hopes attract greater diversity by taking advantage of programs like FMNP (Farmer’s Market Nutrition Program) and other NYS programs that make it easier for various groups of people to shop at the market.
“We are so pleased with the growing interest in Deep Roots Farmers’ Market, but know that in order to sustain it, we’ll need the wonderful people of Glen Cove and the surrounding communities to help us get the word out,” notes Amy.
Of course, that’s what we’re helping to do here at We Love Glen Cove, as we invite you to attend the outdoor opening festivities (including a live band) on Saturday, June 5 from 9AM – 1PM, and encourage you to tell your friends and neighbors to be there.
When asked about spending time on a boat, the famous singer and songwriter James Taylor said, “Being on a boat that's moving through the water, it's so clear. Everything falls into place in terms of what's important and what's not.”
Tab Hauser, who moved to Glen Cove in 2014, can appreciate the meaning of those words. An avid boater, with over 20 years’ experience, Tab is a United States Coast Guard licensed captain with a Master’s upgrade to 100 tons.
He is also the person to greet you when you step aboard The Miracle, the flagship yacht of Glen Cove Cruises, a Trip Advisor-rated “top attraction” in Glen Cove that Tab started in the summer of 2019.
The Miracle is a 46-foot Viking Sport Cruiser produced by Princess Yachts. On board there is plenty of room for six guests to spread out topside for the breeze and view, on the stern deck should they prefer the shade.
The yacht has two bathrooms with showers, a comfortable wood salon with soft leather couches, a full galley and three cabins.
“Our goal is to get people out on the water in The Miracle, for less than the price of a baseball game or theater ticket,” said Tab. “Of course with so much to see and enjoy as we cruise around, it will be an experience like few others.”
Glen Cove Cruises is the ideal place for celebrating a birthday, an anniversary, a special occasion, or an evening out to enjoy the spectacular water views that are a part of what makes Glen Cove special.
Tab recalls a booking for a party of six that was made by the grandmother in the group. The party included daughters, a granddaughter and a boyfriend.
“We receive a call a day after the booking from the boyfriend,” recalls Tab. “He wanted to know if it was OK to propose to his girlfriend on the trip, and if I would keep it a secret and photograph it.” (Tab is also a professional photographer who provides free pictures during the cruise to mark the occasion.)
The proposal would take place during the Gold Coast Tour, one of many, where the yacht would pass by a number of “Gold Coast” mansions.
“With the family focused on the mansions, the young man threw a handful of rose petals on the deck,” adds Tab. “As his girlfriend and others took notice, he dropped to one knee and asked her to marry him. Everyone was surprised and delighted.”
Glen Cove Cruises offers a range of trips, from two to three hour scenic tours of Gold Coast mansions, to Sunset excursions.
For those who want to travel out a little further, there’s a Statue of Liberty Tour with extra photo opportunities at the Brooklyn Bridge, as well as Custom Tours that are available to your liking.
“Our signature trip is The Sunset Gold Coast Great Gatsby Cruise, adds Tab. “It is a two hour cruise that hugs North Shore. We make a stop at two early 1900’s mansions that you can see best by being on the water.”
The tour also provides a little history by pointing out where F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote The Great Gatsby, and passing by the mansion where “The Wolf of Wall Street” was filmed where Tab talks about a number of other movies and TV programs that were produced in that area.
From there, the cruise may circle Hart Island, the largest urban “Potter’s” field and see the ruins left behind, while passing City Island and going onto King’s Point, Great Neck.
“At King’s Point, we see the very diverse mansions, one next to each other, and stop to see the giant French Chateaux that was on the market for 120 million at one time and can only be seen by water, adds Tab. “Then we head back to Glen Cove where we stop at the Pratt Mansion, (now Web Institute) which is the queen of all the north shore mansions. “
The trip ends with sunset photos of our guests, an amazing keepsake that is free with each cruise.
“The other cruise is the 3 ½ to four hour Statue of Liberty / NYC Harbor cruise, adds Tab. “Guests are always amazed how magnificent the city looks from a 46 foot yacht. We stop for photos at the Brooklyn Bridge with guests in the foreground as well as the Lady in the Harbor.”
Tab has taken the Miracle as far east as Nantucket, South to the Chesapeake Bay and as far north as Montreal and Lake Champlain with numerous trips up and down the Hudson River. The Miracle has been to Mystic, Newport, New London and many bays, both on Long Island and in Connecticut.
To learn more, or book your next trip on Glen Cove Cruises, call Tab at (516) 456-4571, or visit their website at: https://glencovecruises.com
When asked his thoughts about the people of America and his favorite drink, President Abraham Lincoln said, “I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The great point is to bring them the real facts, and beer.”
Mr. Lincoln was “of the people” and “for the beer,” as were two young men who in 2015 began brewing craft beers at Garvies Point, and shortly thereafter were right in the middle of the 56 acre Glen Cove Garvies Point Waterfront development that has, and will continue to become, one of the most impressive waterfront communities on Nassau County’s North Shore.
“Garvies Point Brewery is a small batch, handcrafted, Micro-Brewery on the North Shore of Long Island's ‘Gold Coast’ that specializes in brewing contemporary American craft beer with the finest quality ingredients and strict attention to detail,” said co-owner Mark Scoroposki, who along with partner and best friend Ben Kossoff and the Garvies Point Brewery team produce the highest-quality beers with the most aroma and flavor, using hops, grains, and other ingredients sourced from around the globe.
But for Mark, who grew up in Bayville, and Ben, a Glen Cove resident, the dream to build a craft brewing business was more than a labor of love.
It is a passion built from years of incredible hard work, which began after the two graduated college, and will soon result in a new 7500 sq ft facility, which is being constructed on the waterfront near their current Garvies Point location, and is slated to open Spring, 2022.
That facility will be two and a half times the current space, and the plans are to have it become one of the finest breweries, tap rooms and waterfront restaurants on the North Shore of Long Island.
“For years, Ben and I always talked about working in the craft brewing industry, which was becoming increasingly popular, but difficult to start a career in around the time we graduated college,” said Mark. “So, we each took a job at a large Long Island beverage distributor, where we could learn about the business.”
Shortly thereafter they began experimenting with their own brews.
“As far back as 2011, Ben and I were developing and testing our recipes, in order to create exceptional beers from sours to stouts, all while working at our jobs,” added Mark. “Our dream was to take international styles of beers and make them uniquely American.”
For Mark and Ben, life back then was all about learning how to make great beer, while working full-time jobs in the industry, where they could learn other aspects of the business.
Then, in 2015, while still working full time, they decided to lease a warehouse building at Garvies Point, an area that would soon break ground to become one of the most impressive new waterfront communities on Long Island.
“Garvies Point had the space we needed, and so we officially launched the business in 2016, but didn’t have enough money to build a tasting room,” said Mark. “It took us nine months, working seven days a week to build out our self-distribution network that went from Patchogue to Brooklyn, so that we could continue to grow.”
Mark and Ben used the money they made during that time to open their tasting room, and continued to re-invest aggressively as they grew the business.
Shortly after opening the tasting room, Mark and Ben left their jobs and became the first full-time employees of Garvies Point Brewery.
The brewery, which is focused on making great beer and serving Glen Cove and surrounding communities, works with beer-centric people that are passionate about creating innovative, approachable beers with the finest ingredients. All beers are handcrafted onsite.
As they have grown in size and reputation, Mark and Ben have added to their facility, which includes a built-in Taproom with a large bar area where customers can enjoy some fresh draft beers off 8 rotating taps just feet from where they were brewed.
With their dedicated distribution and sales staff, the brewery continues to brew quality products that include over 100 different beers to date.
“We are always pushing the limits on the craft beers we make, with a goal to become the premier brewery on Long Island and to provide the public with the finest quality product,” adds Mark.
Of course, there were issues along the way, as the development of Garvies Point and specifically the construction of the roads, made it challenging for some customers, but people came despite the construction, which both Mark and Ben saw as a vote of confidence and something they wouldn’t forget.
“The people from Glen Cove and beyond who have supported us are special, and because we’re all about community, having to limit numbers during the pandemic was also hard,” states Mark. “But now, as we approach our first Spring and Summer months with more and more residents moving to Garvies Point and businesses like ours re-opening soon to three-quarter capacity, we can’t wait to serve everyone.”
And, as the new brewery/restaurant, which will also feature a beer garden, and an area for private events, continues to be built, Mark and Ben are very glad to be located in Garvies Point.
“This development is a great public use of space with waterfront, parks, a dog park and so much more,” added Mark. “As people continue to leave NYC for Long Island, we are seeing a real positive vibe in the area and that should serve to attract even more residents and businesses.”
Garvies Point Brewery is currently located at 1 Garvies Point Road, Glen Cove, New York and all are welcome. They can be reached by phone at 516.277.2787 or via their website: www.garviespointbrewing.com.
Jeanine DiMenna, the owner and chef at The View Grill, located off Lattingtown Rd., next to the Glen Cove Golf Club, loves Glen Cove about as much as anyone could.
A lifetime resident, Jeanine recalls her youth playing at what is today known as Stanco Park, visiting Woolworth’s and other stores located in downtown Glen Cove, and going with her father every Saturday to Colony Cards, where she would buy the latest Archie comic book. Her and her friends, barely in their teenage years at the time, would also enjoy hanging out at Tiffany House, where they’d eat French Fries, play music and try to stay out of trouble.
Jeanine, who admits to a learning disability that made going to school unpleasant, recalls that back then you either followed the curriculum, or were called names and told “You’re not trying.” Needless to say, it wasn’t Jeanine who was failing school, but school that was failing her, and when the owner of Tiffany House found himself in need of help, he offered her a job washing dishes and shucking corn.
Who would have guessed that Jeanine would begin a journey that took her to several restaurants, and would one day return to the former Tiffany House location, where she would start her own restaurant, The View Grill.
“Even though, I was washing dishes, I was fascinated with the restaurant business almost immediately and did everything I could to learn the business and perfect my skills over the years” recalled Jeanine.
By the time she was sixteen, Jeanine was preparing burgers at lunchtime, and dreaming of becoming a chef and working in a Manhattan restaurant.
But, all that changed when she met the man who turned out to be the love of her life, Fred DiMenna, who was supervising the tennis court area nearby. “Meeting Fred changed my life and while we dated for almost eight years, I went to Culinary School on Long Island, and really applied myself to my other love, becoming a chef,” added Jeanine.
Tiffany House was a great place to start, but Jeanine wanted more and soon went to work at Harrison House, now the Glen Cove Mansion, when it was rated among the 10 top conference centers in the US.
“I learned so much there, from preparing a meal to customer service,” adds Jeanine. “It was a strictly-run facility, and I just dedicated myself to being the best I could.”
Jeanine’s next stop was Page One in downtown Glen Cove, where she worked as the head chef and eventually became a part-time owner. Working in downtown also made it easy for Jeanine to get involved with various organizations, and to become a part of the Glen Cove community.
“The thing I probably love the most about Glen Cove are the people I’ve met, the friendships I’ve made and the small town feel,” said Jeanine, when asked what really stood out in her mind.
Growing up and working in Glen Cove also got Jeanine a TV appearance on Food Network’s “Kitchen Casino,” where she competed as a small town chef against some of Manhattan’s top chefs… and held her own. In 2013, a former Glen Cove mayor approached Jeanine and asked if she would take over the facility once known as the Soundview restaurant.
She agreed, and changed the name to The View Grill, which was the same location that many years before had been known as Tiffany House. Jeanine had come full circle and was back home, where she remains today, and continues to delight patrons, some of whom remember her from her youth.
And, what does she do, when not working or trying to catch a few hours of sleep? “Fred and I love to take walks in Welwyn Park and go down to the water, or walk around Garvies Point, which is a spectacular addition to Glen Cove, where frankly there is so much to love.”
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