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Farmers' Market coming to Corona Plaza
« on: April 14, 2009, 12:34:49 PM »
New farmers' market coming every Friday to 103rd Street and Roosevelt Avenue beginning July and running through Thanksgiving.

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Farmers set to invade Corona in July
BY Clare Trapasso

Tuesday, April 14th 2009, 10:41 AM

CORONA WILL soon be jumping on the fresh food bandwagon.

The community has thrown its support behind a plan to put a farmers' market at Corona Plaza on the corner of 103rd St. and Roosevelt Ave.

The Council on the Environment of New York City's greenmarket is slated to open its fresh fruits and vegetables stands in July. The market - which will only sell produce grown within 250 miles - is expected to run every Friday until Thanksgiving.

It will also accept food stamps and government coupons for low-income shoppers.

"It's a great thing to have," said Richard Italiano, district manager of Community Board 4. "It's a great initiative to bring fresh produce to the area."

That sentiment was echoed at last week's community board meeting. Board members unanimously voted for the market.

"We would like to have another in the Elmhurst area," Italiano said, "probably somewhere along the Queens Blvd. corridor."

Michael Hurwitz, the group's director of greenmarkets, isn't surprised. His organization has 46 greenmarkets throughout the city - including the well-known one in Union Square. Five are in Queens - Astoria, Jackson Heights, Long Island City, Sunnyside and Glendale.

"There is a significant demand for a farmers' market in Corona," he said. "You'll find hundreds of varieties of apples and peppers. You'll find varieties of greens you've never heard of. We have specialty Asian growers and we have special Latin growers."

But his organization has faced criticism that the markets are too expensive and hurt local businesses. Some neighborhood business owners agree.

"We're very concerned about the merchants in the area, especially the ones who sell vegetables and similar products," said Ruben Peña, president of the Corona Community Action Network, a neighborhood and merchants association.

Peña said he is unsure how the market will fare in Corona. "This is a poor neighborhood," he said. "Their prices are very high."

But most local merchants support the market, he said, because they can buy discounted produce to resell in their shops. And the market could bring in new business.

"We consider it good for the neighborhood," Peña said. "They will attract new customers to the area."
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Offline michaelb

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Re: Farmers' Market coming to Corona Plaza
« Reply #1 on: April 16, 2009, 01:04:14 PM »
Oh excellent!

I might have to start getting off at the 103rd street stops.

It's rather a shame that locally grown produce is considered a luxury.

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Re: Farmers' Market coming to Corona Plaza
« Reply #2 on: April 22, 2009, 07:56:25 PM »
not sure if this is exactly a hijack, but...

does anyone know when our farmer's market opens back up? Springs here, and I'm jonesing for some local produce and fish!!

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Re: Farmers' Market coming to Corona Plaza
« Reply #3 on: April 23, 2009, 12:56:38 PM »
not sure if this is exactly a hijack, but...

does anyone know when our farmer's market opens back up? Springs here, and I'm jonesing for some local produce and fish!!

The Council on the Environment of NYC has a PDF file listing the City's green markets.  According to the listing, the Jackson Heights green market is scheduled to start in June and will run through November.

CENYC -- GREENMARKET 2009
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Re: Farmers' Market coming to Corona Plaza
« Reply #4 on: April 29, 2009, 05:45:31 PM »
There's actually already a farmers market in Corona, located at the NY Hall of Science. It's been there for a few years I think, and it's open Sundays, for those of us who work on Fridays. It looks like it starts up again in June.
Here's a link to the website of the folks who organize the market:
http://www.communitymarkets.biz/market.php?market=25
Yay farmers markets!

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Re: Farmers' Market coming to Corona Plaza
« Reply #5 on: May 04, 2009, 11:31:49 PM »
Interesting that the article says the new Corona Plaza greenmarket will feature specialty Asian produce.  I've suggested to the JH Greenmarket organizers several times that they bring Asian produce to the JH Greenmarket (e.g. Sang Lee Farms), instead of having multiple farmers selling the same varieties, but have not had any luck with this so far.

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Re: Farmers' Market coming to Corona Plaza
« Reply #5 on: May 04, 2009, 11:31:49 PM »