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Greenmarket Opens for the Season 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.

Based on a lot more publicizing of the greenmarket this year, there's a lot more exposure. A lot of people I speak to can't wait for it to get back.

Rudy July 03, 2012 at 11:56 AM
Interesting what a Queens market considers " local"
Dorothy Matinale July 11, 2012 at 02:25 PM
As president of our Chamber of Commerce I was thrilled to see the steady flow of customers. Our table was busy all day and everyone loved the free planting activity and dog watering hole for our animal friends. We are booking demonstrations all season and taking suggestions on events or ideas you have. Upcoming will be a live, still life art demo of the market items as well as a veggie/fruit printing art activity for kids. Strawberry's is preparing for a demo and use of the market items on their Sunday specials. Learn how to prepare it yourself at the demo or take the easy way out and show up for dinner that night at Strawberry's! Peak Bikes & the Chamber of Commerce are offering a courtesy delivery of your packages from the market.

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