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"Coastal Flood Advisory" ...Coastal Flood Advisory in effect until 11 am EST this morning... * tidal departures...2 to 2 1/2 ft above astronomical tides this morning. * Timing...localized minor coastal flooding is expected with the morning high tide cycle. * Coastal flood impacts...brief and localized minor flooding of the most vulnerable Waterfront and shoreline roads and adjacent properties due to height of storm tide. Precautionary/preparedness actions... A coastal Flood Advisory indicates that onshore winds and tides will combine to generate flooding of low areas along the shore. ...Western l.I. Sound water levels this morning... Coastal............time of......forecast total.....Flood..... Location...........high Tide.....Water level.......category.. ...................................(Mllw).................... Kings Point NY......911 am........9.0-9.5..........none...... Stamford CT.........838 am........9.0-9.5..........minor..... Bridgeport CT.......835 am........8.7-9.2..........minor..... , "Small Craft Advisory" ...Small Craft Advisory in effect until 6 am EST Wednesday... ...Gale Warning is cancelled... The National Weather Service in Upton has issued a Small Craft Advisory...which is in effect until 6 am EST Wednesday. The Gale Warning has been cancelled. * Winds and seas...north winds 20 to 30 kt. Occasional gusts up to 35 kt early this morning. Seas 4 to 8 feet across the Long Island Sound. Precautionary/preparedness actions... A Small Craft Advisory means that sustained wind speeds or frequent gusts of 25 to 33 kt and/or seas of 5 ft or higher are expected or occurring...and hazardous to small craft. Inexperienced mariners...especially those operating smaller vessels...should avoid navigating in these conditions. -- Tuesday Jan.24 17,10:00 AM

Skip the Super Market and Try a Farmers Market: Fresh Fruits and Vegetables

Now that the weather is improving, farmers markets are beginning to start functioning for the year. Try some local produce and goods!

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Choosing to shop at a local farmers market is not only beneficial for you, but also to the community. Many people selling at these markets grow fruits and vegetables organically at prices that are very competitive to whole sale organic food you would buy in a grocery store. 

Additionally, by buying from a local vendor, one is promoting the economy in a community. While grocery stores import fruits and vegetables from other states and countries which adds to the cost of the produce. If grown locally, a person within the community will be supported and promote farming on Long Island. 

Looking for more than just fruits and vegetables? Farmers markets do more than just sell produce, many local bakers and chefs make bread and prepared food that can be purchased fresh. Also, want to plant for yourself? Some markets will be selling flowers and plants that you can bring home to grow for yourself!

So, check out a local farmers market and support your community!

So you go to farmers markets? What is your favorite item to pick up?
Do you know of other farmers markets going on on Long Island?
Tell us in the comments below!

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