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Farm Fresh Food Market Kicks Off Saturday

Saturday will be the first day of the second season; a car wash is planned, too.

Flanders, Riverside and Northampton residents who find themselves without access to fresh fruits and vegetables will see the kickoff Saturday of second season.

The market will, once again, offer employment opportunities for local youth, who will receive training in local agriculture, food handling, business management, customer service and other job skills.

Located at the David W. Crohan Community Center in Flanders, the market will be open from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Saturdays through October 13.

A ribbon cutting for opening day, 2012, will take place at 10 a.m.

This year, the market will be located closer to the roadway so that it is more visible to passing traffic and more accessible to residents.

Project Venture’s Playground Project, a committee made up of town officials and Flanders community members, will also be holding a car wash at the same time and location as the market on Saturday, from 10 a.m. till 2 p.m., to raise funds for a new in Flanders.

This year, seven local farms from Southampton Town will provide produce, including Country Garden, Halsey Farm & Nursery, Halsey’s Green Thumb of Water Mill, Lisa & Bill’s Fresh Vegetables, Milk Pail, Pike Farms, and Sagaponack Potato Co. The market accepts cash, EBT, WIC and Senior FMNP checks.

Southampton Town Councilwoman Bridget Fleming, who has spearheaded the initiative, has long advocated for residents of the Flanders, Riverside, and Northampton communities, who, she said, face a dearth of local supermarkets and limited access to fresh produce. The closest supermarkets, she said, are located on Route 58 in Riverhead and in Hampton Bays and none are easily accessible by public transportation.

A survey conducted last year, Fleming said, indicated that 38 percent of respondents increased their intake of fresh fruit and vegetables due to the presence of the market.

Onhand Saturday along with Fleming will be members of the Southampton Town Housing Authority, John Halsey, owner of the Milk Pail Farm, Kevin O’Connell, representing Bridgehampton National Bank, Tom Terry of Maran Corporate Risk, and Susan Wilk of Cornell Cooperative Extension.

Bob June 26, 2012 at 03:02 PM
Fresh food on Saturday on weekends during the summer is good but the community really needs fresh food 365 days/year. It's very nice that Ms. Fleming advocates for fresh food for 4 hours, once a week for approximately 12 weeks. It's too bad that she spends most of her time trying to force tax-exempt subsidized rental housing down the throats of local communities (i.e. Flanders, Riverside & Northampton), which will raise their taxes. It would be nice if she was a true advocate for the hamlets and focused on bringing a new business that would offer fresh food for residents year round. Instead she is focusing on anything that will help her and her career.
Eva June Roberts-Vazquez June 26, 2012 at 04:13 PM
Please tell me more about this "tax-exempt subsidized rental housing". I'd like to know more about the particulars to better understand your perspective on this.
Bob June 26, 2012 at 05:19 PM
Despite Ms. Fleming being the Town Board liaison to Flanders, Riverside & Northampton, she has not listened to or helped or supported the community at all in their effort to create affordable homes for ownership. Ms. Fleming has watched the Housing Authority propose a tax-exempt subsidized single family rental housing project that would generate income for the Housing Authority and increase taxes for community members in Flanders, Riverside & Northampton. 4 community associations in the Flanders, Riverside & Northampton area have expressed their concerns repeatedly about this issue to the Town Board at meetings that Ms. Fleming has attended. The associations have always expressed strong support for affordable workforce and senior apartments but oppose housing subsided only by the poorest residents of the town. Ms. Fleming should be an advocate for the community associations in the area but she has been silent and supported moving forward with tax increasing projects for people already hard hit by the recession. She announced that she is running for state senator BEFORE beginning her second term as a Town Board member. She is building up a list of things that she can use in her campaign. It's not about who she helps, it's about helping her self: others be damned. Here is a link to the article about the tax-exempt subsidized rental housing project that she is in favor of: http://riverhead.patch.com/articles/community-group-blasts-town-board

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