Farmers Market returns to downtown Jamaica

The Jamaica Farmers Market is run by Down to Earth, which currently operates nine farmers markets in New York City. The market will run twice a week until November.
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Delicious and fresh food is on the menu for the Jamaica Farmers’ Market, which celebrated its opening weekend for the year last Saturday.

Between 500 and 1,400 people attend the Jamaica market each day, according to a spokesman for Down to Earth, which runs the market. Assorted vendors, including Alex’s Tomato Farm, based in Sprakers and Gajeski Produce, located in Riverhead, offer vegetables, baked goods and other special treats.

Down to Earth currently operates nine farmers’ markets throughout New York City, as well as several others upstate. The organization, which was founded in 1991, coordinates with vendors that can supply fresh produce for attendees.

The Friday market will also include Meredith’s Country Bakery, which specializes in baked goods and is based in Kingston, and Migliorelli Farm, which is located in Tivoli and will offer fruits, vegetables, beverages and specialty foods.

The event, sponsored by Greater Jamaica Development Corporation, has been held in the community since 1974, and this year marks the first time that EBT cards will be accepted for purchasing items.

The Farmers’ Market will be held every Friday and Saturday through Nov. 19, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. It is located on Parsons Boulevard between Jamaica and Archer avenues Friday and at 90-40 160th St. between Jamaica and 90th avenues Saturday. The market’s annual Harvest Festival will be held Oct. 15.

Reach reporter Patrick Donachie by e-mail at or by phone at (718) 260–4573.

Posted 12:00 am, June 24, 2016
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Puzzled in Jamaica from Jamaica says:
As usual, crack TL jouralist Patrick Donachie has dropped the ball again, missing an opportunity to ask a key question: 'Why was the Farmer's Market moved from the location it occupied for years in front of the Harvest Room on 160th St, between Jamaica Ave and 90th, to Parsons Blvd and Jamaica Ave?'
On his 'Jamaica Beat', is he familiar with both locations?
Let me help: 160th St was a perfect location: relatively low through-traffic due to this block ending in a 'T'.
It was ideal for shopping families and the elderly.
And the corner of Jamaica Ave and Parsons? It is a zoo:
ridiculous traffic, congestion, excessive pedestrian traffic going into/out of the Archer Subway station, and sidewalk/curb barriers.
Why don't you do your 'due diligence', something a real reporter would do, and FIND OUT WHO made this decision and WHY.
June 24, 2016, 11:55 am
articles by idyots from jamaica says:
Interesting that the author of this foolish article fails to mention in any capacity that the professing 'farmers markets' in this location (and elsewhere) offers foods, vegetables/fruits that are GMO-saturated and doused with high levels of ROUNDUP, a herbicide so powerful it's registered as an antibiotic. Just because the sign says 'farmers market' doesn't mean it's true. Organic labeling is mega expensive and many markets slap on their own labels to avoid the expense. Big profits in 'organic'.
June 25, 2016, 2:14 am
Location is the issue here from Jamaica says:
@articles by idyots
You have absolutely no proof of anything you've claimed, and you've never visited or bought anything from this market: your post practically screams this to readers.
The suppliers of this market - and many others to the city - are all smaller operations, many owned by families for decades: if you actually came down to one of these you'd know that.
Your 'doused with RoundUp' claim is ridiculous.
Many running these farms have long-running commitments to organic farming techniques and try to run as clean an operation as they can, certainly orders of magnitute better than the —— that is sold at the Muslim markets on Hillside Ave.
Maybe troll elsewhere.
June 25, 2016, 9:52 am

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