FARMERS MARKET COMING TO SEA CLIFF ON SATURDAYS
August 5, 2014 -- On Saturday August 16th, Sea Cliff will once again have a Farmers Market. Last night, the Sea Cliff Village Board voted to approve a "facilities use request" submitted by Glen Cove resident Amy Peters to operate a market on Central Avenue between Summit and Sea Cliff Avenues (in front of MUSU) from 9 am to 1 pm on Saturdays.
In a letter accompanying her application submitted to the board in mid-July, Ms. Peters said that the market "would help bring business to Sea Cliff's downtown as well as an opportunity for Long Island growers to market their fruits, vegetables, flowers and other farm products directly to local residents." All produce will be organically grown, she said.
In operating the Market, Ms. Peters is partnering with Port Washington-based Grassroots Environmental Education, Inc., a non-profit (5013c) that has operated a 100% organic farmers market on the Port Washington dock for 11 years and that maintains the Dodge Family Homestead Farm in Port Washington, providing produce for the Our Lady of Fatima RC Church's food distribution center, and offering educational opportunities to students of all ages as "a living classroom."
Ms. Peters said to Northwordnews today, that she is "super happy that everything is really really local and organic." Fruits and vegetables will be supplied by three nearby growers - Three Castles Farm in Westbury, Mr. Beagan Young, who grows all organic produce on a section of his family's farm on Hegeman's Lane in Old Brookville, and Orkestai Farm of Oyster Bay.
Ms. Peters said that she is particularly excited about the partnership with Orkestai, a non profit that "works with autistic and developmentally disabled young adults, providing a therapeutic working environment on their farm located on the grounds of the Planting Fields Arboretum." She expressed hope, that perhaps over time, the young men and women working at the farm, would be helping out at the Sea Cliff Farmers Market as well.
In addition to fruits and vegetables, Ms. Peters intends to expand the offerings for sale at the Market to include breads, jams, and other jarred and baked goods. The difficulty, she explained, is in satisfying the criteria that everything be 100% organic and as local as possible.
For the time being, Ms. Peters said that she will be the sole vendor, with perhaps other vendors invited to sell their goods in the future. A portion of all proceeds will go to the Grassroots Network, and all unsold produce will be donated to local food pantries and soup kitchens
While the Grand Opening for the Sea Cliff Farmers Market is August 16th, the approval granted Monday night goes into effect immediately - and so you just may find Ms. Peters on Central between Summit and Sea Cliff Avenues this coming Saturday.
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