Farmer’s Market Faltering

I saw on Queens Central that a visitor to the Farmer’s Market on Metropolitan Ave. this past Saturday found only one vendor there. They said they wondered if it will even survive through to November, after which it is supposed to pack up shop until it returns in the Spring.

If it does not survive it is sad, but understandable. The location just isn’t the best for a Farmer’s Market. These markets have been big hits in the city because they bring fresh local produce to many people who don’t have access to it — in other words, those of us urbanites who don’t own cars. Now, it seems to me Forest Hills is divided into the part that includes more of the car-less (in the area surrounding Queens Blvd.) and then there is the area where the majority is car-reliant (those surrounding Metropolitan Ave.) Now, where is the best place for a Farmer’s Market? Closer to Queens Blvd. it would seem.

Someone once mentioned having the Farmer’s Market in Station Square – once again, a fantastic idea. And of course like all of them these days, one that is not being done for who knows what reasons.

So as for the Farmer’s Market suffering from dwindling business, I am not that surprised given that it’s a schlep for us pedestrian urbanites to walk to, while there isn’t that much of a demand for it among the car owners who are right near it.

The fact that the person who went there saw only one vendor definitely spells bad news – obviously the others are giving up on the location. But, keep in mind, that the business there also isn’t being helped by the opening of the Twin Value this past Friday, and the fact that it is the middle of August vacation season. Heck, even the lines at Natural this past weekend seemed to be much shorter than normal. So I guess we will see how it goes, but an easy way to fix this would be to move the Farmer’s Market to a location near Queens Blvd.

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  1. Rita F
    August 18, 2010 at 11:51 AM

    That’s exactly why I never went there. It’s just too far of a walk and the summer hear didn’t help the cause.

  2. 101
    August 18, 2010 at 3:59 PM

    I doubt it is the location that is causing the lack of traffic. (Case in point, Trader Joes.)
    The reality is that people can not afford to spend $7 for a box of blueberries, even if they want to support local farms.

  3. Anonymous
    August 19, 2010 at 8:33 AM

    location is what makes it difficult to get to in the first place….. but lack of selection is what keeps folks from coming back.

  4. Anonymous
    August 25, 2010 at 12:52 PM

    Did I miss something? I was really excited to learn Forest Hills finally had a green market. I’ve been away most of the summer so only just able to visit this past weekend. Except no one was there??? Has the market fizzed out this quickly? What a shame.
    Can we look into a more realistic location (like around AustinSt/Queens Blvd. After all, that is where the most of us live.

  5. liz
    September 21, 2010 at 9:43 PM

    i had no idea there was a farmer’ market in Forest Hills! why is it all the way on Metropolitan which has Trader Joe’s?? Why is it not closer to Queens blvd?

  6. anonmous
    November 4, 2010 at 9:54 PM

    I’ve been living in Forest Hills for tbe past 16 years and have never heard of a farmer’s market anywhere in the area. The problem is not the location, it’s advertising.

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