BY LUIS GRONDA
Fresh produce could be available very soon in southern Queens.
A farmers market could be coming to the Community Board 9 area, according to Councilman Eric Ulrich (R- Ozone Park), who made the announcement at its most recent meeting last week.
Ulrich said he is working on bringing the market for one day this year to the Buddy Monument, located at Forest Park on Myrtle Avenue and Park Lane South.
The monument is adjacent to Richmond Hill and Kew Gardens and it would bring a much-needed fresh produce option to the area that it currently does not have, Ulrich said.
“For people that live in this community, your choices are very limited when you want to buy fresh produce,” he said.
Ulrich said he wants the market to be on a Sunday so that residents can shop after they go to church and so people who observe Shabbos on Saturday would be able to visit it as well.
Although a specific date for the market is not set, Ulrich said that they hope to schedule it for this fall and if it does well, they will expand it to next spring.
“I know that this is going to be a tremendous success,” the Councilman said. “You are supporting local jobs, you are supporting farmers from New York State, in most instances, who are desperate to sell the things they grow.”
Several neighborhoods in Queens already have their own farmers markets including Forest Hills, Jamaica, Jackson Heights and Flushing.
The Forest Hills market runs all year long, every Sunday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. in front of the post office on Queens Boulevard and 70th Avenue. Jackson Heights has the same hours but it closes at 2 p.m. during the winter months. That one is located at Travers Park on 34th Avenue between 76th and 77th Streets. In Jamaica, the market is open every Friday and Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 90-40 160th St.
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