New Farmer's Markets Add To Borough's Fresh Food Options
Queens Borough President Helen Marshall hailed the opening of two new farmers’ markets in St. Albans and Flushing under a State program that helps New York farmers while providing fresh food to local communities.
“These new farmers’ markets join more than a dozen markets already operating in Queens and increase the availability of fresh food and good nutrition for customers,” said Marshall.
The new markets are part of the expansion of Governor Andrew Cuomo’s “New York Fresh Connect Farmers Markets” program announced earlier this year. The program is aimed at increasing farm sales and revenue by bringing farm produce directly to consumers. After announcing the program in August, Cuomo characterized the program as “a win-win for farmers and consumers.”
In addition to the new markets, existing ones will broaden their reach by accepting EBT or food stamps for the first time.
The two new markets in Queens are St. Albans Fresh Connect Harvest Home, located in Roy Wilkins Nautilus Playground at Merrick and Baisley Boulevards and Flushing/Pomonok Fresh Connect Farmers Market at Queens Community House, located at 67-09 Kissena Boulevard.
The St. Albans site is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays through November 19. The Flushing/Pomonok Market operates from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Thursdays through November 10.
Other farmers’ markets in Queens are:
•Socrates Sculpture Park Greenmarket, located at Vernon Boulevard and Broadway in Astoria. (Operates on Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. until November 19th).
•Astoria Greenmarket, located at 12-26 31st Avenue at 14th Street. (Operates on Wednesdays from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. until November 16th).
•Sunnyside Gardens Greenmarket, located at Skillman Avenue between 42nd and 43rd Streets. (Operates on Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. until December 24th).
•Jackson Heights Greenmarket, located in Travers Park on 34th Avenue between 77th and 78th Streets. (Operates on Sundays from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. –year-round).
•Elmhurst Hospital Greenmarket, located on 41st Avenue between 80 and 81st Streets. (Operates on Tuesdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. until November 22nd.
•Corona Greenmarket, located at Roosevelt Avenue between 103rd and 104th Streets. (Operates on Fridays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. until November 18th.
•Corona/NY Hall of Science Farmers Market, located at Hall of Science Plaza, 111th Street and 48th Avenue. (Operates on Sundays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. until November 13.
•Flushing/Queens Botanical Garden Farmers Market, located at Dahlia Avenue off Main Street. (Operates on Fridays from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. until November 18th.
•Douglaston Greenmarket, located at 235th Street and 41st Avenue at LIRR station. (Operates on Sundays from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. until November 20th.
•Ridgewood Youth Market, located at Myrtle Avenue between Cypress and Putnam Avenues. (Operates on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. until October 29th.
•Glendale-Atlas Park Greenmarket, located in Atlas Park Shopping Center at Cooper Avenue and 80th Street. (Operates on Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. until November 19th.
•Jamaica Farmers Market, located at 90-40 160th Street. (Operates Fridays and Saturdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. until November 9th).
•Queens Hospital Center Farmers Market, located at 82-68 164th Street. (Operates Thursdays from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. year-round).
•Joseph Addabbo Family Health Center Farmers Market, located at 62-00 Beach Channel Drive. (Operates on Saturdays from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. until November 12th.
•Culinary Kids Garden Farmers Market, located at Seagirt Boulevard and Beach 31st Street, Far Rockaway. (Operates on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. until October 29th).