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New Rochelle Looks For North End Spot For Farmers Market

New Rochelle Mayor Noam Bramson and City Council members at the New Rochelle farmers market.
New Rochelle Mayor Noam Bramson and City Council members at the New Rochelle farmers market. Photo Credit: Justin Stock/File

NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. – Renewing the city’s contract with Down to Earth Markets would keep the farmers market in New Rochelle again next summer and fall.

But the city must decide where to put the Down to Earth market on Saturdays, to make way for a bigger market on the New Rochelle Public Library green.

The City Council will look into locations and days when Down to Earth could set up its market in the city’s north end and see which ones work best before deciding at a future meeting.

The city has completed one year of its agreement with Down to Earth Markets , which calls for an option for the next two years.

District 4 council member Ivar Hyden said the new market being organized by the city’s Downtown Business Improvement District would offer ethnic food tastings in partnership with various downtown restaurants.

“It gives us hope of bringing people to the downtown area every Saturday,” Hyden said.

Hyden said a group formed to investigate the logistics of a Saturday market has already made progress, including raising funds. Hyden also said the BID has chosen an individual to select between 20 and 30 vendors for the day.

Hyden said the market would be an opportunity for city youth and college students to earn money every week beginning after Memorial Day.

City Manager Charles Strome said he would need to get permission from county officials to use the library green on Saturdays, since it is not city-owned.

Ossining-based Down to Earth Markets, formerly called Community Markets, closed its Pelham market at Harmon and Fifth avenues because it didn't attract enough customers, but Miriam Haas and Frankie Rowland of Down to Earth said they were trying to bring it back.

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