QUEENS — Forest Hills residents shopping for locally grown beets and apples will be able to buy them even in the winter as their local greenmarket will stay open year-round.
“The Forest Hills market has been wonderful since day one, more successful than we could ever imagine,” said Liz Carollo of Greenmarket/GrowNYC Friday.
Carollo said that the organization received numerous requests to keep the market open in the wintertime from the customers and the farmers alike. A number of residents also signed a petition advocating for it and the proposal was approved by Community Board 6, Carollo said.
"We got such a great response from the neighborhood that it was a no-brainer,” said Frank Gulluscio, district manager at Community Board 6.
The market, which opened for the first time last year and stayed open from April to December, operates every Sunday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. in front of the Forest Hills Post Office at 70th Avenue.
Farmers at the Forest Hills Greenmarket include Bread Alone, an Ulster County-based producer of artisan breads and pastries, Amantai Farm, a Pennsylvania-based farm providing vegetables, poultry, herbs and eggs and Red Jacket Orchards from Ontario County.
The market also offers cooking demonstrations and recipe exchanges.