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Support grows for farmers’ market to sprout in Fresh Meadows


| mchan@queenscourier.com

THE COURIER/Photo by Melissa Chan

A budding plan to grow a farmers’ market in Fresh Meadows is getting the green thumbs up from neighborhood residents. 

Community support is sprouting for a green market to open at Cunningham Park this summer, local leaders said.

“It’s up for a lot more discussion, and we’re really in the tentative, beginning stages,” said Martha Taylor, who chairs Community Board 8’s Parks Committee. “But we’re excited about it at this point.”

Local vendors would sell fresh produce — and possibly baked goods, jams and juices — near the tennis courts, in the corner of the main parking lot on Union Tpke. and 196th Pl.

Officials hope to open the market in late June, after the Big Apple Circus leaves town, and run it for at least one afternoon a week until October.

“People from this community go to other green markets in other parts of Queens,” Assemblymember Nily Rozic said. “I think this is really something the community has been craving.”

The Parks Committee held a meeting Jan. 30 to gauge public interest, since a proposed plan was met with some opposition about eight years ago.

Some residents had feared the market would decrease parking spots, increase traffic, and take away business from a newly opened supermarket nearby, Taylor said.

But reception for the plan has increased over the years, said Taylor and Fresh Meadows Homeowners Civic Association President Jim Gallagher Jr.

“We were pleasantly surprised at all the people who were there in favor of it, including some who had been opposed to it the first time,” Taylor said.

The Parks Committee plans to interview market vendors next month, while the full board is slated to vote on the proposal in late spring.

Residents looking to weigh in can call Rozic’s office at 718-820-0241.

“I think we’re going to have a process that is very neighborhood-driven, and one that has everyone’s input,” Rozic said. “Fresh Meadows foodies are in for a treat.”

 

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2013 farmers market season in Queens


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

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Though the Jackson Heights Greenmarket is open year-round many of Queens’ other farmers markets don’t open until June or July.

Astoria Greenmarket
14th Street (Between 31st Avenue and 31st Road)
Open Wednesdays, 7/10 – 11/20
8 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Corona Greenmarket
Roosevelt Avenue at 103rd Street
Open Fridays, 7/5 – 11/22
8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Elmhurst Greenmarket
41st Avenue (Between 80th and 81th Streets)
Open Tuesdays, 6/4 to 11/26
8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Forest Hills Greenmarket
South side of Queens Boulevard at 70th Avenue
Open Sundays, 4/7 – 12/29
8 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Jackson Heights Greenmarket
34th Avenue at 78th Street
Open Sundays, year-round
8 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Jamaica Farmers Market
160th Street off Jamaica Avenue
Open Fridays, 6/21 – 11/22
8:30 a.m– 4 p.m.

Queens Botanical Garden Farmers’ Market (Flushing)
Dahlia Avenue off Main Street
Open Fridays, 6/21 – 11/16
8:30 am – 4:00 p.m.

Ridgewood Youth Market
Myrtle Avenue and Cypress Avenue
Saturdays, 7/13 – 11/23
10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Socrates Sculpture Park Greenmarket
Vernon Boulevard and Broadway
Open Saturdays, 6/1 – 11/23
8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Sunnyside Greenmarket
Skillman Avenue (Between 42nd and 43rd  streets)
Open Saturdays, 6/1 – 12/21
8 a.m. – 3 p.m.

More low-income New Yorkers to have access to fresh fruits and vegetables


| ctumola@queenscourier.com

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Mayor Michael Bloomberg yesterday announced that for the first time all 138 of the city’s farmers markets will accept Health Bucks coupons, which are good for $2 of fresh fruits and vegetables.  Bloomberg hopes the program will give more low-income New Yorkers access to fresh fruits and vegetables, and help fight obesity in the city. Last year only 65 farmers markets accepted the city’s Health Bucks.

Find your local farmers market in Queens

 

Farmers market season in Queens


| ctumola@queenscourier.com

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Though the Jackson Heights Greenmarket is open year-round many of Queens’ other farmers markets don’t open until June or July.

Astoria Greenmarket
14th St. between 31st Ave. and 31st Road
July 11-November 14
Wednesdays, 8 a.m-3 p.m.

Atlas Park Greenmarket
Atlas Park Mall, Cooper Ave. and 80th St.
June 16–November 17
Saturdays, 8:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

Corona Greenmarket

Roosevelt Ave. and 103rd St.
July 6-November 16
Fridays, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

Douglaston Greenmarket
41st Ave. and 235th St.
June 8-November 18
Sundays, 8:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

Elmhurst Greenmarket
41st Ave. between 80th and 81st streets
July 10-November 20
Tuesdays, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

Forest Hills Greenmarket
South side of Queens Blvd. at 70th Ave.
July 8–November 18
Sundays, 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Jamaica Farmers Market
160th St. off Jamaica Avenue
June 29- November 17
Fridays and Saturdays, 8:30 a.m-4 p.m.

Ridgewood Youthmarket
Myrtle Ave. and Cypress Ave.
July 9-October 29
Saturdays, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Socrates Sculpture Park Greenmarket
Vernon Blvd and Broadway
June 23-November 17
Saturdays, 8:00 a.m-4:00 p.m.

Sunnyside Greenmarket
Skillman Ave. between 42 and 43 streets
June 2- December 22
Saturdays, 8:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

Queens Botanical Gardens Farmers Market
Dahlia Ave. off Main St.
June 22-November 2
Fridays, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m.