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Sunnyside Farmers Market Opens for Season

Max Lefer at the Sunnyside Farmers Market (Photo: QueensPost)

June 3, 2012 By Christian Murray

The Sunnyside Farmers Market, located on Skillman Ave. (43nd Street), opened for the sixth straight season yesterday.

For many, opening day couldn’t come fast enough.

Max Lefer, who has lived in the neighborhood for four years, said he has been a regular since he moved to the area. He said he wished it opened earlier in the year—although he was glad it operates deep into the winter.

“I get vegetables, stop by the dairy guy for cheese and go to Meredith’s (the bread vendor),” Lefer said. Lefer’s daughter, 3, nibbled on a chocolate muffin bought from Meredith’s on a park bench, near the vendors.

Lefer is one of about 2,000 visitors each week who attends the Sunnyside market, according to Margaret Hoffman, the regional coordinator for the Greenmarket.

Hoffman said the number of attendees continues to rise each year, albeit slowly.

However, the biggest change over the past 6 years is that the market now attracts a younger customer base—consisting of parents with young children.

Attendees yesterday were greeted to 13 vendors, including two new ones: D Paola Farm Fresh, which offers turkey products; and the Hot Bread Kitchen, which sells breads and other baked products.

The Sunnyside Farmers Market is open every Saturday from 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. through Dec. 22.

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tupac wannabe

RIP Red Jacket Orchard. Man, we got so many chubby people in the these pics AGAIN! Aren’t veggies supposed to prevent that? Some of these dudes in the top pic need a “Bro” (Seinfeld reference)

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Mike Novak

I agree with Mary Caulfield. We are blessed to have a nice greenmarket in out nabe. I LOVE the scallops from the fishmonger and as well as fare from the pickleman.

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Eduardo

@PG: Seems strange that you have something against fresh, locally grown food. Regardless, they would still NEED the PARKING SPOTS…. how else would they be able to deliver and store the produce?

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PG

They need to do this stupid market INSIDE the PARK, so they can stop eliminating parking spots, it’s so logical…

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