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8 Shopping Days Left: Handcrafted Mittens & One-of-a-Kind Jewelry

Bayport market Rita's Real Foods offers more than healthy eating options at holiday time.

Everyone in town knows hungry patrons can get great soup and fresh-made food at Rita's Real Foods, on Middle Road in Bayport.

But did you know that at this time of year you can get hand-crafted gorgeous mittens and one-of-a-kind jewelry?

Both make for great gifts at the holidays, as does some of the goodies that line the shelves within the quaint market storefront

Owner Rita Palma makes the mittens which boast antique buttons her mother collected. She will custom-make the mittens to match a favorite sweater or coat, just bring in what needs to be matched. The materials are all up-cycled. The jewelry, which is also for sale at the Roast in Patchogue on Saturdays, is the creative design of Beth Kraemer.

The gift items are only available up until the last day of operation, which will be Christmas Eve when the shop closes at 2 p.m. The store re-opens in March.

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