New Rochelle to Create Saturday Farmers Market

The city will continue talking to Down to Earth, the current market operator, to see if a Friday market in a north end location is viable.

Plans are being finalized for a new farmers market experience in New Rochelle that will be on Saturday.

The City Council decided Tuesday to not renew an agreement with Down to Earth Farmers Markets, formerly Community Markets, to operate the farmers market which was set up at Library Green on Fridays.

Councilman Ivar Hyden, D-District 4, said he has been working with the New Rochelle Downtown Business Improvement District to get a new, larger farmers market going at the same location on Saturdays beginning June 1.

"The BID invested some money in this and plans to live up to their agreement of getting this up," he said.

Hyden said there was an objection to continuing Down to Earth's farmers market on Fridays, adding that it was felt its presence would dilute the impact of the new market.

"I think it would be a bad move to have both," he said.

"The best estimate is that we will have 20 vendors," Hyden said, and the selections will be made within the next three to four weeks.

During the recent season, Down to Earth had five vendors on Fridays in New Rochelle.

Hyden said the Saturday market will have raw fruits and vegetables, prepared foods and ethnic food vendors, along with entertainment every week. The BID's Family Days series will be incorporated into the farmers market as well.

He said some vendors have expressed a desire to offer employment to young people because they are working other venues on Saturdays. They could drop off the goods and have the young people work the market for them.

City Manager Charles Strome III said the city will investigate a Friday market with Down to Earth in the north end of New Rochelle if an appropriate location and plan can be determined.

He said the city would only be involved if the location was a publicly owned one.

Mayor Noam Bramson said the city has had a good relationship with Down to Earth over the years and would like to see that continue.

He said for a city of New Rochelle's size it wasn't unreasonable to think two markets could be supported.

fuzzy January 11, 2013 at 06:24 PM
What about the fruit markets and stores that already exist in this city that employee local people and pay rent taxes etc etc! Why must they compete against a farmers market they pay nothing to the city?? The only thing this market does is bring rats and leave trash all over the green.Mr. Hyden should worry about the crime and the bums that have taken over downtown. He purposes 300,000 in marketing downtown for what to get the same old crap 99 cent stores pizza and nail salons. Give me a break tell him to clean up his store and his business block first. Oh i see that back street cafe lasted long i guess they got sick and tired of the bums coming in to use there bathrooms and the pan handlers begging in front of there doors all day.
Billy January 11, 2013 at 07:47 PM
I have to agree about the marketing plan, $300k down the drain. I only hope its not a recurring $300k. Why do we need to market downtown anyway? To help Cappelli sell some of those unsold Trump units?
Billy January 11, 2013 at 07:51 PM
How's that creating jobs? And if somehow jobs are being created, they must be pretty crappy ones that won't support a NR household and its property taxes. Thanks again Noam for making New Rochelle unsustainable!
Alysa Kadin Vasapolli January 11, 2013 at 10:09 PM
We need a real reason for families to come to downtown new ro. Farmers market is a great idea in theory for saturdays but you are right... The local markets could suffer. Now if you could allow space for viva grande and others, maybe it would attract but remember, Larchmont has their own market on saturdays and they are not going to come to new ro. I find it unfathomable that we cant get a few nice retailers to main street instead of one more check cashing or pawn shop. We should be concentrating on retail and bringing in new stores that can enhance the diwntown and help nicer establishments like Gnarly Vine and the Corner Mexican and Cholo survive. New roc is a Capelli nightmare altogether.
Nummy January 12, 2013 at 12:23 AM
Councilman Ivar Hyden, Now know as CouncilClown Ivar Hyden, Now joins the elite Muppet show with CouncilClown Fartel


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