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Pomonok to sponsor weekly farmers market

Will team up with Bowne High School

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Posted: Thursday, June 9, 2011 12:00 pm

   Queens Community House’s Pomonok Center in Flushing is starting its own farmers market that will open for business on July 7.

   Amy Liao, community organizer at Pomonok, said Thursday that her market advisory group had met on June 1 to finalize plans. The market will be held on Thursdays from 10 a.m. to noon in part of the facility’s parking lot at 67-09 Kissena Blvd. In inclement weather, it will be held inside the building.

   The center provides services and activities for residents of the Pomonok Houses and the surrounding community, including programs for children, adults classes and a senior center.

   Liao said the farmers market will be run by volunteers and that the facility will lay out the money for produce. “We will be paying the farmers and there is always a risk in how much to get,” she said.

   To get started, Pomonok needed three participants. Most of the produce will be coming from the Lancaster Co-op Farm in Pennsylvania. The remainder will be from Pomonok’s own small vegetable garden and lastly, from nearby John Bowne High School’s agriculture program.

   Steve Perry, assistant principal for agriculture, attended last week’s meeting and was enthusiastic about the program. “I love that we’re a part of their community and working with them,” Perry said. “I wish them well.”

   He doesn’t expect vegetables and herbs to be ready for the market until mid-July since “we’re just putting stuff in the ground now,” but until then has offered to supply as many eggs as Pomonok wants to sell.

   Bowne keeps a flock of 150 chickens who produce about 100 eggs a day that are sold in the school store. “We can offer them as many as they want,” Perry said. “It could be as many as 20 dozen each week.”

   Liao hopes the market will help seniors to be able to purchase fresh vegetables and that it will educate schoolchildren about produce and nutrition at nearby PS 201, which is partnering with Pomonok in the program.

   The market is being funded by the NY Community Trust and is part of the Just Foods Network. Liao will also offer entertainment, informational tables, food demonstrations and art exhibits created by seniors. “We are open to ideas,” she said.

   The market will run until Nov. 10 and workers will accept cash, food stamps and Farmers Market Nutrition Program and WIC vouchers. For more information, call Liao at (718)591-6060.

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