Farmers Market Proposed for West 23rd Street
CHELSEA — A new farmers market could be on the way to Chelsea.
Down to Earth Markets is hoping to open a weekly market starting sometime in 2014 featuring fresh fruits, veggies and other foods at the corner of West 23rd Street and Ninth Avenue.
The company will appear before Community Board 4's Quality of Life committee next week in the hopes of getting city approval for the market, which would serve a densely populated area near the Penn South and the Chelsea-Elliot Houses complexes.
The area is quickly transforming into a mecca for foodies, with a Whole Foods, Trader Joe's and Fairway all situated along West 23rd Street. The new market would help serve an area farther west than those stores, which are located on Sixth and Seventh avenues.
Founded in 1991 in Ossining, N.Y., Down to Earth manages 20 farmers markets in the New York area, largely in the outer boroughs and Westchester.
The Chelsea spot would be its second location in Manhattan, after a popular location in Morningside Park at West 110th Street.