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New Farmers, Craft Market Coming to Riverhead

The event would be held on the weekends.

The Riverhead riverfront may soon welcome a farmer's market and crafts vendors.

On Thursday, Ray Pickersgill of the Riverhead Business Improvement District, proposed a new weekend farmers' market that would be held on the grassy area by the riverfront boardwalk.

Not only fruits and vegetable vendors, but craftsmen and artists would be able to set up their wares, he said.

"It would be a great addition to the town," Pickersgill said. He added that another goal is to bring e, a concept introduced by Supervisor Sean Walter last week.

The market, he said, would be a great networking tool for businesses on Main Streets that could set up tents and feature craftmen and artists. The goal is to have the market open one day on the weekend, either Saturday or Sunday.

Riverhead Town Supervisor Sean Walter said the BID would have to operate the market within its existing budget. Booths, Pickersgill said, would measure 10 x 10, leaving room on the boardwalk for fishermen and others.

A similar farmers' market, Councilwoman Jodi Giglio said, is held in New York City during the holiday season. "It's a great idea," she said.

eugene frohnhoefer June 07, 2012 at 04:02 PM
Absolutely. Give the tourist another attraction. Get their money into the town. It will be as the bazzars of ancient times.
Eva Salzman June 08, 2012 at 11:15 AM
I'm all for this. Yet these things end up being more tourist stuff then genuine crafts. Factory manufactured stuff pretending to be crafts and rip-off merchants. Or maybe there just aren't any more crafts.....Would certainly include flea market type set-up in this economy....
Eva June Roberts-Vazquez June 08, 2012 at 01:22 PM
I suggest that this Farmers Market be set up to accept SNAP aka food stamps. With the economy going the way it is this would be wise. Southampton has two Farmer's Markets that accept food stamps. It's great to take steps to attrack tourists, but it won't hurt to make it so the locals many of whom are struggling economically, can use it too.
oh yeah June 08, 2012 at 04:29 PM
LOL, the whole revitalization of Riverhead depends on the elimination of the "locals" and bringing in the "tourist". Unfortunately, Riverhead board can't speak the obvious. To change the town, you need to change the people. Drunks learing at women and urinating in public , and pot smoking wanna to be gangsters cruising main street aren't "revitalizers".
Eva June Roberts-Vazquez June 09, 2012 at 12:50 AM
Well "oh yeah" I think you are misinformed, or must have misunderstood me. I never mentioned "wanna be gangsters", nor people who are "publicly intoxicated". You may equate these groups with people who are struggling to make ends meet, but I did not. There are many people who find themselves at or below the poverty level, or even if above it unable to pay for the high rents and mortgages that are prevalent in this area. There are many jobs which don't pay a living wage. Many jobs do not provide health care coverage, nor personal or sick time. There are also those underemployed, unemployed, who have disabilities, or who due to age are not able to earn enough income, and many resort to SNAP/food stamps. I also think its important to not forget the impact of white collar criminal activity on our economy and well-being. Unfortunately much of this criminal activity goes unaddressed, as those it is perpetuated against are not in a position to utilize the courts for redress. You are perpetuating myths. I still say, include the ability of people to use SNAP/aka food stamps. But I do believe that unfortunately there are those who agree with you, and move public resources out of reach of the public, i.e., the soup kitchen, the Suffolk County Department of Labor, the Senior Center, have all be decentralized. It is a business strategy to create a downtown for tourists, but we shouldn't be making downtown inaccessible to people who live and work here. It's important not to stereotype.

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