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Sunnyside Farmers Market Reopens June 2nd

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May 23, 2012 Staff Report

The Sunnyside Farmers Market will reopen on Saturday June 2nd and run every Saturday from 8am – 3pm through December 22, according to its organizers.

The Sunnyside market, which is located on Skillman Ave (between 42nd and 43rd streets), is one of the more popular and successful greenmarkets in New York City.

The market offers fresh vegetables, specialty Mexican produce, herbs, eggs, seasonal fruit, cider, baked goods and fresh-caught fish. The farmers also sell cheese, pickled vegetables, grass fed beef, and wine – pressed from locally grown grapes.

Most of the farmers who attended last season are planning to return this year.

The farms that will attend are: Ballards Honey, Breezy Hill Orchard, Dipaola Turkey, Gajeski Produce, Gonzalez Farm, Hot Bread Kitchen, King Ferry Winery, Knoll Krest Farm, Meredith’s Bakery, Millport Dairy, Nolasco’s Farm, Rising Sun Farm, Toiogo Orchards and W. Rogowski Farm.

The farmers will be accepting EBT /Food Stamps, Debit/Credit and WIC & FMNP coupons.

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Matt

Can I just say, I LOVE that the cast of Game of Thrones has joined these discussions.

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John K. Wilson

No, that’s a bit cartoonish. I was referring to usual stats one finds when researching meat production: the huge amounts of water and land area used; that the resources needed to feed one person w/ meat could feed 60 vegetarians, and the cruelty inherent in mass-produced meat production (on smaller, organic farms, animals still die…but, it is far quicker; on industrialized farms, animals are routinely disassembled while they are alive).
My thinking was that you were a well-meaning Leftist; and, my prejudices lead me to assume that you might be someone who, in the manner of some I have encountered, cherry-picks the parts of popular Liberal thought that please them…while ignoring the parts that don’t. It was my aim, then, to challenge that world-view (if it can be called that), with what I thought would be truths (listed above) that would difficult for the person I thought you might be…to process…thus leading you to…a different notion.
Fact is, I made some assumptions I shouldn’t have; and, unfortunately, put my own opinion on too high of a plane. I feel pretty silly at the moment. I’m going to go wash the egg off my face right now.

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SuperWittySmitty

Actually, I consider myself a centrist with a rational point of view. But I guess that all depends on your perspective. Do you really think that the further right you are on the political spectrum, the more carnivorous you are? Never thought of it like that.

Hey, no offense taken, btw.

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John K. Wilson

Smitty,
Now, I’m not picking on you…we’re just a couple of neighbors having a chat, OK? But, don’t you see your Leftist world view is compromised by your being a meat-eater? If you don’t, why not? Just very curious; I’m really not trying to beat you up.

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PG

A dog park!? Ew thats horrible i would personally vandalize it every night !
I dont want a dog park i want to play soccer basketball baseball and actually sleep at night, i wanna smell flowers not dog shit gtfo here, a f*king dog park what has this world come to, people enslaved to dogs.

Stupidity to its highest level, 1million dollars to a dog park this makes me so angry !

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Oppressed Masses

The Farmer’s Market will likely have to relocate next year for sanitary reasons when Lodati Park becomes the largest dog park in NYC. I have reviewed the plans for the half-million dollar dog park and no where are there facilities for dogs to relieve themselves. Thus, the messiness will likely be out on the street where the food vendors set up shop.

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Full Metal Blogger

Familly owned doesn’t necessarily mean better. If that was the case, why is starbucks still in business , and not cup of joe? And it certainly doesn’t mean it’s better for everyone else. And it’s not like these independent farms get booted out, they eventually work for monsanto. Besides, with an enormous company like monsanto out there, it creates a demand for small family owned products. There are plenty that have found their niche.

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PG

What i don’t get is why they can’t go do the whole market thing inside the park ?
why take up parking spots and do it on the sidewalk -_- just go inside the field and set up there so much more convenient for everyone…

ITS SO DAMN LOGICAL…

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Roger_the_Shrubber

@David

The space under the 7 train is dark, dirty and gloomy with pigeons constantly raining poop on it. Not exactly the place you associate with good health or where you want your fresh fruit and veggies exposed. Then again, you don’t want your tomatoes absorbing all that car exhaust coming from either side of the boulevard either.

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I'd Just Like to Say...

David – I would disagree with you about the location. Part of the draw of the Farmers Market is the nice relaxed atmosphere right next to the park. Putting the market right in the middle of busy Queens Blvd takes away from the whole experience.

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David

The produce there is great–spring peas, herbs, leafy greens will be here soon. And don’t miss the tomatoes. Nothing compares. Nothing. Eating summer. However, the market need to move from the edge of the norhside to the space under the 7 train on Queens Blvd. (Low 40s or the 1/2 block between 45th & 46th Street?) It would bring together the north and south sides of Sunnyside and would be a draw for ALL Queens residents up and down the 7 line. Businesses might lose a few parking spots on Sat morn and afternoon, but the increase in customer traffic would be a draw even for those businesses. The name says it all: The Sunnyside Farmer’s Market! Write Grow NY, Jimmy Van Bramer, the DOT (who manages the parking) and let them know you want the Market to move to the space under the 7 train in Sunnyside. We could be the Farmer’s Market of Queens, of NYC.

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Roger_the_Shrubber

My main problem with Monsanto and corporate agriculture is that they get their political puppets in DC to pass laws and regulations under the guise of “food safety” that are aimed at driving the smaller, independent and family-owned food producers out of business, thus giving companies like Monsanto a monopoly on the country’s food supply.

Need I point out, that’s not a good thing at all?

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Just Looking

Early crops include peas, leafy greens, young onions and herbs. The weather was so warm this spring many things got an early start. There may even be strawberries. And, don’t forget, those farmers sometimes have greenhouses.

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Full Metal Blogger

I’m not disputing that at all. I’m saying you shouldn’t bite the hand that feeds. It’s childish. In this world of ours, morally grey can be just as noble as the real thing. If you care enough to notice. What do you care about more? Ethical behavior? Or results? You can’t have both, it would never work.

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SuperWittySmitty

And if you pay attention to the big business of agriculture, you will find plenty to hate about Monsanto. Sure, we need to produce a lot of food and unfortunately it requires a lot of laboratory assistance, but Monsanto has a poor record when it comes to behaving ethically. Don’t be so quick to stick up for multinational corporations.

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SuperWittySmitty

I wonder how much local produce is available in early June. Isn’t this planting season? I imagine the crops won’t be harvested until months from now. I do not really know too much about farming, I’ll admit. But I will buy eggs, cheese, and honey. I tried the grass-fed meat last year (chopped- for burgers.) Expensive and nothing special.

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Theon Greyjoy

I think farming is stupid. I do not sow, I only reap. It’s only the iron price I pay. What is dead may never die!

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Full Metal Blogger

I’ve been there last year, and their products weren’t that good. And hey, if it wasn’t for monsanto, a lot of people would starve to death. You just can’t grow massive amounts of food in a wholly organic way. Don’t be so quick to hate the giants of agribusiness. Sure, quality is low, but it’s a trade-off. You should think before you speak

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Vantage Properties

We definitely can’t wait for the Sunnyside Farmers Market to open. It’s so close, but still so far away! Can’t wait to pick up some farm fresh fruits and vegetables every weekend.

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44th street.(Sunnysider)

I was wondering when they were comming back…and now they accept coupons from wic so other groupos of people will be able to buy from them which is terrific and fantastic…. now all we have to do is get the word out to them so they will know becuse up to know they could not be their customers… I guess this is up to brammer to spend some money to get this message out in spanish papers and others and put up sighns in our town and on greenpoint ave as well as in our schools and our churches….. bravo…. I say bravo…

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