Sunday, December 15, 2013

Forest Hills Greenmarket to Be Open Year-Round

They had been trying to get people to sign a petition over the past several weeks to extend our Greenmarket from ending Dec. 29th to going year-round.  Well, those at the market this morning were greeted by this sign:


By the way, today's a great day to be at the market. The news media successfully scared most people into thinking Armageddon was at hand with yesterday's light snow (this morning, there's virtually nothing on the ground), so, all that fresh produce is just your's for the pickin'! Much lighter crowds today, bright sunshine, temps in the 40's - it's like paradise out there! And, they're letting you taste eggnog french toast at the Greenmarket stall to boot! What's not to love?

One vendor told me he had to drive five hours to the market this morning through every type of hazardous weather - snow, sleet, ice, slush, you name it. You gotta hand it to these greenmarket vendors. They're a dedicated lot.

8 comments:

  1. I don't understand how it is possible to sell any local produce during the thick of winter. Where will the veggies and such come from if not from the tri-state area? Or will it only be poultry, seafood, breads...?

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  2. same place the supermarkets get them from. And because its so darn cold outside, the produce will stay fresher longer. Seems to work out pretty well.

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  3. Wait, if the greenmarket will be getting produce from the same place as the supermarkets do, then why spend more money on them? Aren't the supermarket prices overall a lot cheaper for produce than the green market?

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    1. This is not true. According to Columnist Michael Perlman of the Forest Hills Times, "Some respondents on the Edge of The City blog questioned whether the produce offered during the winter will not be regional or organic, but priced as such. Greenmarket Assistant Director Cheryl Huber assured the public. “Greenmarket has very strict ‘producer only’ rules, so everything sold must be grown, caught, and raised by the farmer within an average of 150 miles from the city. Customers should also keep in mind that greenhouses, hoop houses, and other improvements made to farms can lengthen a farm's growing season.” ". So guys if supporting sustainable farming practices as well as local commerce is important to you, keep patronizing the Greenmarket during the winter season.

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  4. Stoa jewelry on Austin St. is closing.

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    1. Oh no-that is a real shame!

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  5. Rent hiked 25%! Outrageous and a damn shame.

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  6. When was their last rent increase?

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