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Douglaston Greenmarket to Debut This Weekend

Seven vendors will sell meats, cheese, fruits, vegetables and wine at Douglaston's LIRR station.

The will make its for the season on July 8 in the traffic circle at the community’s .

This year’s market will include seven vendors, selling everything from locally grown vegetables and fruits to meats, cheese and baked goods.

Suffolk County’s American Seafood will sell wild-caught fish and shellfish, while Ulster County’s Bread Alone Bakery will offer artisan breads and pastries, some of which are organic.

Both Suffolk County’s Castello di Borghese and Cayuga County’s King Ferry Winery will sell wine.

Newgate Farm, of Hartford County, Conn., will have vegetables and baked goods, while Warren County, N.J.’s Nolasco’s Farm will offer vegetables as well as Mexican specialty produce and herbs.

The Orchards of Concklin, of Rockland County, will sell orchard fruit, plants and baked goods.

The market, which is located at 41st Avenue and 235th Street in Douglaston, will be open every Sunday through Nov. 18 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Debit and credit cards, food stamps and WIC and FMNP checks are all accepted.

This season, the market will also provide space for cooking demonstrations, seasonal celebrations and family activities.

The Douglaston Garden Club has teamed up with Staples to operate a battery recycling station at the market.

"I think it’s a wonderful thing," Community Board 11 Chairman Jerry Iannece said of the market. "It could have been better attended last year, though on several times I was there the merchants ran out of goods. I think the more it goes on, the more it will be attended. It’s a bucolic area right by the railroad and there’s ample parking."

Douglaston Garden Club President Douglas Montgomery, who originally pushed for the greenmarket to set up shop in the neighborhood, said the market was currently looking for a replacement for Lucky Dog Farms, which recently dropped out.

He said he believes this year's market will draw residents from across northeast Queens.

"A lot of people I speak to can't wait for it to come back," he said. "Plus, there's been a lot more exposure and publicizing of the market this year."

The greenmarket is operated by GrowNYC, a city nonprofit that runs the massive market in Union Square as well as numerous other sites across the five boroughs.

For more information, visit the Douglaston Greenmarket’s website.

Mqone July 03, 2012 at 05:18 PM
Looks nice. I will check it out for sure. I hope paking will not be a problem.
Michele Bellomo July 03, 2012 at 08:55 PM
Glad it's back! Always look forward to getting fresh produce & breads!
Anita July 05, 2012 at 04:25 PM
Very much looking forward to this. I am among those who can't wait for this to come back. YAY

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