Mitchell Park farmers market hearing set for April 8

03/21/2011 10:26 AM |

Proponents — and perhaps foes — of a proposed Saturday morning farmers market in Greenport’s Mitchell Park packed the Third Street firehouse Monday night, only to be told they’d have to wait two weeks for a hearing.

Village Board work sessions have lengthy agendas and it wasn’t possible to accommodate a discussion of the farmers market on Monday, according to Mayor David Nyce. He apologized for the delay, but asked that people return for a hearing on Friday, April 8, at 6 p.m. At that time, he agreed to listen to organizers, representatives of various groups such as the Greenport Business Improvement District and the Long Island Farm Bureau.

Organizers of the Greenport Farmers’ Market are asking the Village Board for access to the Mitchell Park skating rink area on Saturdays this summer. The rink is dismantled in the off season and the area operates as a misting field where a light mist emanates from spigots to offer visitors a way to cool off during hot weather. The water would, of course, be turned off during the farmers market operation.

Greenport Planning Board chairwoman Lara McNeil is president of the fledgling group and fellow Planning Board member Eileen Rich is slated to manage the operation. They have won endorsements for their plan from the BID and the Greenport Business Association.

The market plan calls for 24 vendors and identifies a few that have already signed up to participate. The vendors would offer a variety of goods, including organic poultry and eggs, honey, organic plants and vegetables, coffee beans and goat cheese.

Organizers are proposing to run the market from 8 a.m. to noon from Memorial Day weekend until Oct. 15.

The group is optimistic that it can succeed, despite the demise of a previous Greenport farmers’ market, which struggled for three years and ended in 2002.

“They did not have a visible and central location,” the new group states on its website, GreenportFarmersMarket.com. The previous farmers market operated first in the Adams Street parking lot area that runs north of Front Street and was later moved to the building that previously stood at the corner of Front and Third streets.

“It may just have been a little too soon,” the website said of the earlier effort. “The local food movement was not as prominent in many circles as it is today.”

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  • Lets just hope that if it is approved, then it is an enforced, “producer’s only” market. We don’t need any more produce trucked in from out of state and sold as “local”.

  • Lets just hope that if it is approved, then it is an enforced, “producer’s only” market. We don’t need any more produce trucked in from out of state and sold as “local”.

  • Latham’s farm stand on First Street rents it’s location from a taxpaying property owner. Since as a taxpayer, I’ one of the owners of Mitchell Park and my tax dollars help support it, I want a comperable rent from each vendor. $500 x 24=$12,000 a month, I’ m sure Latham pays that much. Oh since fed and state dollars went into the park, I don’t believe you can keep people off that part of the property all summer.

  • God I’m so happy you weren’t elected.

  • From what i understand, yes it is designed for local growers to showcase their products. No tube socks etc. The Market itself isn’t selling anything. They are only doing the legwork to provide the forum o help support local sustainability. they have designed, and published a website. All participating vendors will be listed. They have also started a Facebook page, again all will be listed there as well. It is also designed to educate the public on different foods, ways of cooking or general well being. The way i am seeing it, this is a way of bringing fellow farmers, growers, etc together under the umbrella of The Greenport Farmers Market.

  • From what i understand, yes it is designed for local growers to showcase their products. No tube socks etc. The Market itself isn’t selling anything. They are only doing the legwork to provide the forum o help support local sustainability. they have designed, and published a website. All participating vendors will be listed. They have also started a Facebook page, again all will be listed there as well. It is also designed to educate the public on different foods, ways of cooking or general well being. The way i am seeing it, this is a way of bringing fellow farmers, growers, etc together under the umbrella of The Greenport Farmers Market.

  • Mr ngrower how many tax bills do you pay in the VILLAGE, I PAY TWO PLEASE ANSWER SINCE IT’S NOT YOUR MONEY. OH BY THE WAY PLEASE GIVE YOUR NAME I DO!

  • I think it’s a good idea worth exploring, but a concern is I have yet to hear the sponsor’s definition of “local”, is it Southold Town, North Fork, Long Island, or NYS? Also maybe a reassurance from the sponsors of what products can and would be sold, and that if slots are not filled it does not morph into a semi flea market selling non ag related items. And yes, perhaps a SMALL venue fee per vendor to the Village (a little consideration to the taxpayers) for the use of the space would be appropriate.

  • Mitchell Park was rehabbed with Clean Air and Water Act bond money, in fact I believe much of the rink was funded this way, so don’t for a second think that Greenport taxpayers paid any more than anyone else for Mitchell Park.

  • “so don’t for a second think that Greenport taxpayers paid any more than anyone else for Mitchell Park”.(Quote)

    I disagree, how much of the $600K plus each year in debt service comes from outside the Village? Regardless of how you feel about this issue, or about wswiskey, lets be fair and give the Village taxpayers a little credit for bearing the financial burden of paying for the park.

  • Mr.nfgrower please answer the question and post your name as I do

  • Once again, Mr. Swiskey has jumped into the deep end of the pool and is over his head in a moderate discussion about an issue.

    Would it not have been more intelligent for Mr. Swiskey to ascertain the monthly rental paid by Latham’s farm stand instead of pulling an outrageous figure out of the blue? While Latham may not wish to divulge the figure, certainly someone in real estate could advise Mr. Swiskey of an approximate figure. Having worked in real estate, I would suggest that Mr. Swiskey stop and think for a moment, clearly a action foreign to him, and attempt to calculate how many strawberries, cucumbers, tomatoes, eggplant, pears, apples, potatoes, lettuce and so on needs to be sold in Greenport to cover a rental of $12,000 per month. After all, Latham does not have a stand in Times Square.

    By the way Mr. Swiskey, my name is spelled E-D-E-L-S-O-N.