Greenport Farmers' Market Reps Ask Village Board for a New Location

Organizers of the Greenport Farmers' Market are seeking to move for the 2012 season.


After its debut season, the board of the Greenport Farmers' Market asked the Board to move the market to the South Street parking lot just west of the

Greenport Mayor David Nyce said the group originally requested a permit for the Adams Street parking lot but after meeting with the Greenport Business Improvement District, they amended their request to the South Street location. because the Greenport Farmers' Market used spaces in the municipal lot during prime Saturday morning hours during the summer season.

Nyce read from a letter from the board of the farmers' market in which the group stated they would like to work with local businesses, and they recognized the hardship some local businesses faced by using parking spaces in the Adams Street lot. The group also said that by moving the market to the South Street lot, the problem they faced by overnight parking would diminish.

The Greenport Farmers' Market also requested that the permit be extended for three years, allowing them to use the location on Saturday mornings between the Saturday before Memorial Day through the Saturday after Columbus Day.

The mayor also read a letter written by owner Claudia Helinski, where she urged the board to deny a permit for the Adams Street lot.

"The farmers' market is a welcome addition, but the proposed location (Adams Street parking lot) is damaging to Salamander's," Helinski said.

Helinski said she has had record crowds for the last three years but saw business drop off on Saturday mornings in 2011 when the Greenport Farmers' Market was open. 

Nyce said a portion of the February work session of the Greenport Village Board will be a public forum to discuss the Greenport Farmers' Market continued operations in Greenport, similar to a public forum held in 2011.

Amy K. Martin February 01, 2012 at 05:29 AM
Great location choice by the market organizers as a concession to unhappy neighboring businesses. Classy move l wish you continued success
Chris McManus February 01, 2012 at 07:28 AM
Why can't the farmer's market be at Mitchell Park? The park is beautiful and the farmer's market would attract crowds with open wallets -- brining more people out to patronize local businesses. Last year's location created problem for merchants. Using the park will solve that and bring them more customers. Another term for farmer's market is green market. Sounds like Mitchell Park to me.
James Dinizio Jr February 01, 2012 at 01:32 PM
How about a location where they can pay rent and taxes just like every other business in town.
Caroline Waloski February 01, 2012 at 01:34 PM
Success to the Greenport Farmers Market in 2012. It is a wonderful addition to the village attracting newcomers, and in the long run aids all business. It was the biggest draw on Saturday mornings last summer. As a resident I loved having local produce so available. Hopefully the market will remain in the village center where it attracts customers who then explore other local business.
John February 01, 2012 at 05:12 PM
and in the long run aids all business...Hopefully the market will remain in the village center where it attracts customers who then explore other local business. There are maybe 40 merchants, but at least 1000 taxpayers, why is an honest rent to help ease the burden of the average resident never discussed. The rent paid to the Village last year for that parking lot for 26 vendors for 24 weeks came to about $1.70 per vendor per week. The Village along with the BID should try and promote business for merchants, but that does not mean it should ignore the taxpayer in doing it. Have the market, just let them pay a fair rent for the space.
Chris McManus February 01, 2012 at 08:33 PM
Great point on the rent. I still think Mitchell Park could be a great venue for the Farmer's Market. We can determine a fair rent and use the money to support the maintenance of the park. Everyone wins! Vendors have a wonderful 'green' location that will attract crowds. Those crowds will in turn throw business to the local vendors. And market fees help with park upkeep.
Paul Wood February 03, 2012 at 04:49 PM
The market brings many people to town for all sorts of additional shopping and eating. The ammended site selection is very good, altho the Adam St. location was good also. Lara does a very good job and the Friends of Floyd Memorial Libary back up her selection. The Market allowed the Friends to raise funds for the library's children programs by having a table on several Saturdays. Paul Wood, President of the Friends of Floyd memorial Library.
James Dinizio Jr February 05, 2012 at 02:31 PM
Greenport doesn't have a problem attracting people on weekends but it does have a parking problem on weekends.Allowing theis group to takeupspace that should be available for the taxpaying businesses in the village is an affront to every business that needs the revenue to help it get through the winter, How about holding the Farmers Market to the same standard the the existing farm stand in conforming to.
forward thinking February 05, 2012 at 03:12 PM
William Swiskey sr February 05, 2012 at 05:00 PM
Perhaps we could move it to Cochran park same as the Osprey. The Osprey was as much of an attraction as the market.
James Dinizio Jr February 05, 2012 at 10:32 PM
It is interesting that the village board could find room for all those tents but could not manage to squeeze in a 2 ft by 2 ft steel beam. You know the Library has plenty of room on the lot just to the south of their building. It's only a couple blocks away from the proposed site.
John February 05, 2012 at 10:48 PM
If the owner of the Ospreyl lived next door to the Mayor, maybe he would have gotten the same consideration as the farmers market.
William Swiskey sr February 06, 2012 at 01:17 AM
To bad the mayor wasn't as hot on the Osprey as he is on the Farmers Market. Maybe we would still have our symbol of freedom.
Jerry Cibulski February 06, 2012 at 02:06 PM
I think the market is a great idea and postive addition to the community. The market adds a sense of community, a social gathering space and a venue to explore and support local North Fork farming. You can not fault an outdoor market. With postive and open conversation a solution will be found for the appropriate location. I see the parking concerns with last years location and had to find other locations in the morning but I did learn about local farming producers in the area because of the market. This is a good problem to have. The park and library could be interesting locations. I am excited to see what the new location will be.
Chris McManus February 10, 2012 at 04:39 PM
And yes, let's get our Osprey back! I miss it too! Should we start a petition?


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