Jessica A. Chittenden|
May 04, 2007
New Farmersí Market Opens at New Fulton Fish Market
Local Bedding Plants & Flowers Available to Buyers and Public at Wholesale Prices
New York State Agriculture Commissioner Patrick Hooker today announced a new wholesale farmersí market has opened at the New Fulton Fish Market at Hunts Point in the Bronx. This wholesale market is open during early morning hours only, and allows retail stores, restaurants, florists, distributors, and the general public the opportunity to purchase locally grown produce and plants directly from farmers at wholesale prices.
"Demand is growing rapidly in New York City and surrounding areas for local produce, plants, and flowers," the Commissioner said. "We are thrilled that the New Fulton Fish Market, which handles the largest selection of high quality fresh seafood in the country, including locally harvested Pride of New York seafood, has provided the former Bronx Terminal Market farmers with a new home for their marketplace in time for Motherís Day and the spring gardening season."
The new farmersí market, located in the large parking lot of the New Fulton Fish Marketís state-of-the-art facility at 800 Food Center Drive in Hunts Point, will offer buyers expanded access to a wide range of local products over the course of the local growing season. It will operate Monday through Saturday from 1:00 am to 10:00 am to accommodate wholesale food and plant buyers as well as individuals seeking plants and local produce at wholesale prices.
The new market was organized jointly by the New Fulton Fish Market Cooperative and the Bronx Terminal Market Growers, with the assistance of the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets. Farmers participating in the market include growers of plants and produce from the Hudson Valley, Long Island and New Jersey.
Frank Minio, President of the New Fulton Fish Market Cooperative, said, "We want to encourage small stores, restaurants, and other buyers to buy fresh locally grown plants and produce from the farmers, while purchasing the freshest and widest variety of seafood from our wholesaler members at the same convenient location."
Jack Hoeffner, Chairman of the Bronx Terminal Market Growers, said "We are excited to have relocated our market to the New Fulton Fish Market at Hunts Point. In May and June, we will have a wide variety of spring flowers and vegetable bedding plants along with hanging baskets and other plant materials. In the summer, we will have a wide variety of locally grown fresh fruits and vegetables to complement the incredible variety of seafood at the market."
There is a $5.00 entrance fee at the New Fulton Fish Market toll plaza for farmersí market shoppers. Directions to the market can be found at www.newfultonfishmarket.com. Product availability and additional information on the new farmersí market is available from growers Jack Hoeffner at 845-457-3453 or Steve Perrone 201-261-1574, or by contacting the New York State Department of Agriculture and Marketsí New York City Office at 718-722-2830.
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