Douglaston right off the farm this year, scratch the local farmers market.
The two-year-old enterprise will not be open this season because there were not enough vendors to participate. Jerry Iannece, chairman of Community Board 11, said Monday that there was just not enough business to make it worthwhile for them to return.
“It could have been the location,” Iannece said. “We are still committed to having one in the area and we’ll explore it down the road.”
The enterprise was part of the city-run Greenmarket program and was located around the traffic circle at 41st Avenue and 235th Street, near the Douglaston Long Island Rail Road station. It operated on Sundays from July to November.
Douglas Montgomery, a CB 11 member who led the campaign for the market, is disappointed about its demise but is hopeful for its return elsewhere in the area next year. “We are looking for another site in the community board area,” Montgomery said. “The original location was in an isolated area and the city didn’t advertise it well.”
Aside from fresh produce, the market sold homemade cheese, fish, meat and bread. Montgomery noted that only three to four vendors were interested in returning and that wasn’t enough to keep the program going.
Susan Seinfeld, CB 11 district manager, said that with the closing of the farmers market there is no other similar venture in the area. “The closest is at the Queens Botanical Garden in Flushing and that’s on a weekday,” she added.
The Douglaston market initially was opposed by the nearby Doug Bay Manor Civic Association, whose members feared it would cause traffic tieups and parking issues in the residential neighborhood. That did not happen as visitors to the farmers market were able to find adjacent parking space and did not stay long.