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Possible Farmers Market Being Considered for Kings Park

Municipal lot off 25A being considered as a possible location for weekly summer market.

Artesenal cheeses, fresh fruits and vegetables could be on your table this summer with the talk of possible farmers market for Kings Park.

At the Kings Park Civic Association meeting held last month, local resident Anne Marie Nedell presented a plan to highlight the benefits and possible kinks of having such a market in town.

“As you can imagine the prospect of having a farmers market in Kings Park is an exciting one,” said Nedell.

The market would be open from early summer into September or October and would be set up in the municipal lot of Route 25A across from the fire department. It would take up about one-quarter of the lot, which Nedell says is under utilitized. Currently there are markets set up in Hunitington, Northport and Port Jefferson. Nedell believes Kings Park fosters an environment for one. The market would bring such items as flowers, honey and fruit and run from June to until Thanksgiving.

Some concerns raised by residents who attended the meeting were trash left behind from vendors and also about local shops possibly losing business due to the competition set up by the market.

“The feedback has been great,” said civic president, Sean Lehmann. “The community really wants one. It would enhance business in the area, not compete with it,” he said.

In New York State, there are over 350 farmers markets, drawing crowds of shoppers each day, benefitting not only the farmers who sell their products and the consumers who wish to enjoy fresh fruit and vegetables, but also helping to give the local economy a much-needed shot in the arm.

“There are several successful farmers markets already in existence on Long Island and being Kings Park residents, we thought it would be a great idea to see if we could bring one to our local community this upcoming growing season,” said Nedell.

Nedell explains that in a farmers market, a group of farmers typically sell their products once a week at a designated public place like a park or parking lot.  “It is a great way to meet local farmers and get fresh, flavorful produce,"she said.

 Nedell is hoping that the introduction of a farmers market will add energy to the downtown local business district and that residents of other nearby communities will come to Kings Park for the farmers market, potentially leading them to visit and shop at other businesses in town. 

“So far, we have been handing out surveys to the community to see if everyone shares our thoughts on starting a farmers market.  The feedback we have received back has been extremely positive and supportive,” said Nedell.

 “It is not just a business thing, but a community thing,” said Lehmann.

Linda Henninger March 09, 2011 at 04:40 PM
Hey Beth, The Kings Park Civic Association is having a meeting Tuesday, March 15th at 7:30 PM in the Kings Park High School's Community Room (Rm. 101). I am pretty sure there will be updates on the market at the meeting. Linda
Jennifer Sloat (Editor) March 09, 2011 at 06:59 PM
Hi Beth, We will keep you posted on any updates concerning the farmers market as soon as we hear anything. Thanks Linda for pointing out the upcoming civic meeting, where, as Linda noted, the topic is likely to be discussed. Patch will be there and will report any new developments. Thanks!
Jon March 09, 2011 at 08:32 PM
I fully support any plan to bring fresh local foods to our community. Kings Park definitely needs a place like this and given the activity at the little farm stand on Pulaski last year I think it will do quite well.
Francesca@post.com March 09, 2011 at 10:55 PM
What a great idea
Richard C Collett March 10, 2011 at 01:07 AM
What a Great Idea! Its a win-win for the residents, community and vendors.......
aly elish-swartz March 10, 2011 at 01:45 AM
If you are interested in supporting a Farmers Market in Kings Park please attend the Kings Park Civic Association meeting on Tuesday March 15th at 7:30 in the High School. This has been a work in progress for the last year. We hope you all can attend and show your support! Remember little towns can do big things-Get involved Aly Elish-Swartz
aly elish-swartz March 10, 2011 at 01:49 AM
Thanks Julie! Aly
David Cheplic March 10, 2011 at 02:41 AM
Excellent idea ! Once it starts it will catch on quickly. Word of mouth travels fast, it will be a great success, I'm sure of it !
Ronald R. Huetter March 10, 2011 at 04:37 AM
A great idea! And I wouldn't have to drive to Northport's Farmer's Market anymore as I would be able to get all the fresh vegetables and fruits I want right here locally in good old Kings Park. I'm going to tell all my friends and neighbors about this. Hope it can be pulled off.
Margaret March 10, 2011 at 01:37 PM
I think this is exactly what KP needs! Regarding the concerns about trash remaining, I think that local farmers and those interested in the market would be responsible enough to pitch in and leave a clean marketplace. Regarding the concern that it might take away from local business, I think that exactly the opposite is true: more foot traffic would flow through our local business if such a market existed. Customers to the market would be inclined to stroll Main Street and investigate the local merchants' shops. Perhaps local businesses could partner with the market, offering promotional items and discounts - make it so everyone benefits! I will definitely spread the word!
Barbara March 11, 2011 at 09:04 PM
We all need to eat healthy and this is a perfect way!!!!!!!!
DJ March 12, 2011 at 02:41 AM
My wife and I were just saying how great it would be to have a farmer's market in Kings Park... and then we found this article! We are so excited, and also encouraged by all of the positive comments that show local support. We would be interested in volunteering too!
DJ March 12, 2011 at 02:46 AM
A community garden sounds like a great idea also. I have wanted to start growing vegetables in my backyard, but I have one concern-- our proximity to the recycling center, landfills, and other industries. Would this affect the quality of the produce? Would it still be safe for consumption?
Patti March 12, 2011 at 11:44 PM
Yes, I would like to have the market in Kings Park so I don't have to go to Northport and Huntington, let's keep the business here.
Karen MacDougall March 13, 2011 at 03:30 PM
I already know that friends and family will come just for this. What a great idea! Karen MacDougall
Kathy Torregrossa March 14, 2011 at 05:25 PM
This is really a terrific idea. Sounds like a good location too. Kathy
Lisa Marie Rosati March 22, 2011 at 12:58 PM
I love this idea! I hope we can get it accomplished for this Summer. I will support the Farmer's Market by shopping there. Our town needs help to support the local businesses. It is my hope to see Kings Park ( Long Islands best kept secret ) thrive!
Patchy April 02, 2011 at 01:17 AM
Who is paying for this?
Sean Lehmann April 02, 2011 at 02:53 AM
The Kings Park Civic Association is sponsoring the market. It costs the tax paying resident nothing. Enjoy!
Kathleen April 03, 2011 at 02:11 AM
This is fantastic! I would encourage the community to walk ,skate or bike to site. I bike around town all summer using just two collapsable saddle bags fixed to the back rack! Let's all get out there! Kathleen
Sean Lehmann April 03, 2011 at 03:18 AM
Funny you should say that Kathleen. The Kings Park Civic Association was awarded a $17,000 grant to extend the Hike and Bike trail to the municipal parking lot on Main Street. The Nissequogue River State Park Foundation is donating $2,500 and the Chamber of Commerce is using grant money to purchase signs and benches. Construction should begin next fall!
Joan April 12, 2011 at 02:08 PM
I think its a great idea. We need to support our local farmers. I am tired of buying fruits and vegetables that are imported from foreign countries that have no taste because they are harvested too early.
larry May 05, 2011 at 08:52 PM
what will happen to the little farm stand across from the celtic crossing he seemed to have a nice little thing going on
Sean Lehmann May 06, 2011 at 12:01 AM
He will probably still be there during the week.
Jeanette Manolarakis May 06, 2011 at 10:54 AM
What a wonderful idea!
Margaret K May 24, 2011 at 12:32 PM
The freshest produce you can get and supporting local growers and merchants while keeping the community humming- of course this is a fantastic idea!!
Beth Cortese May 25, 2011 at 11:39 AM
Does anyone know the current status of the farmer's market?
Ann Marie May 25, 2011 at 12:52 PM
Hi Beth, The Kings Park Farmers Market has been approved by the town and will be held on Sundays in the muicipal lot on 25a starting June 26th from 9 am to 2pm. Become a fan of the Kings Park Farmers Market on facebook to receive weekly updates regarding the market. We will also have a booth at Kings Park Day on June 18th, be sure to stop by and say hello!
Marcia Friedman June 09, 2011 at 03:21 PM
FRESH FRUITS AND VEGGIES OH YES BRING IT ON
Tina L Troxler June 25, 2011 at 03:47 PM
Looking forward to the Kings Park Farmers Market...Excited.

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