Flanders Farm Fresh Market Back for Second Season

Program wins state grant; kicks off on June 30.

A popular program that provides fresh fruit and vegetables to the Flanders community will be back for a second season -- and has won a state grant to fund operations.

The Flanders Farm Fresh Food Market recently won a $10,000 grant from New York's FreshConnect program, which aims to provide produce to low income or underserved areas.

This year, the market will open for the season on June 30 and run through October 13 on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the David W. Crohan Community Center in Flanders.

At a meeting of the Flanders, Riverside and Northampton Community Association last week, FRNCA president Brad Bender said this year, vendors will be situated closer to the street so they will be more visible to drivers passing by on Flanders Road. 

The program, Bender added, provides invaluable employment opportunities for area youth and opens the door for possible future careers in agriculture.

Southampton Town Councilwoman Bridget Fleming, who said the market meets a need in the community, whose residents have long been hoping for a supermarket in the area. 

"Flanders, Riverside and Northampton don’t have a local supermarket,” Fleming said.

The closest supermarkets, she added, are in Riverhead on Route 58 and in Hampton Bays.

The market accepts Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program checks, EBT, and WIC - -and Fleming said after only one year, 38 percent of residents who answered a customer survey said they had increased their fruit and vegetable consumption due to the Farmers Market.

Donations to local food pantries will also be coordinated.

"We’re excited about another successful year and we’re looking forward to growing the market," Fleming said. "It helps stimulate the local economy, support local agriculture, engage young adults, and create a sense of community all at the same time."

lisa cuomo May 21, 2012 at 10:01 PM
Again, why do we NOT have a supermrket in Flanders??? I do not believe this is fair to the residents of Flanders, etc, to not have a place to grocery shop. Riverhead has multiple sites, as does Hampton Bays(2 + Wild By Nature)...it is a burden to me to have to leave Flanders to buy groceries. Ms. Fleming..you acknowledge we have nowhere to shop, yet why has a proposal to build something for this area been denied? I should not have to go to a parking lot to purchase vegetables for my family.
Lisa Finn (Editor) May 21, 2012 at 10:08 PM
Thank you for your comment, Lisa. We're interested in what the rest of you have to say about this important issue. Share your thoughts here.
Eva June Roberts-Vazquez July 01, 2012 at 05:34 AM
I shopped at the Farm Fresh Food Market. Picked up some snap peas, some arugula, and some swiss chard. There were young people learning the ropes which was great to see. I was given a free reusable shopping bag, which I hope to use every weekend, and I gave out some magnets I was given to help spread the word. Keep up the good work with this Farm Fresh Market!! I look forward to returning!


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