WINDSOR TERRACE — The farmers market at P.S. 154 has moved to greener pastures.
After four years at P.S. 154 on 11th Avenue and Sherman Street, the market has moved to Bartel-Pritchard Square, said a spokeswoman for GrowNYC, which runs the market.
"We did decide to move the market in hopes that it would increase foot traffic," said GrowNYC spokeswoman Laura McDonald. "We like to keep our farmers making as much money as possible."
McDonald said the P.S. 154 location "wasn't failing," but business could have been better, so GrowNYC decided to move it about a half mile away to Bartel-Pritchard Square, where there's already a market on Wednesdays.
The new market, first reported by the local blog KARMA, will run Sundays from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., from May 8 to December 18. It will offer textile recycling and compost collection in addition to fresh produce, meats and fish.
Two new vendors — Sawkill Farm from Dutchess County and R & R Farm from Orange County — will join the market, McDonald said. Other sellers include American Pride Seafood, Baker's Bounty, Fishkill Farms LLC, Williams Fruit Farm, and Robertson Farms.
The P.S. 154 farmers market opened in 2012 shortly after the closure of the neighborhood's largest grocery store, the Key Food on Prospect Avenue. Since then, a new, smaller Key Food opened on Prospect Avenue and Windsor Terrace got its first food co-op (technically in Kensington on Caton Avenue and East Eighth Street).
One local said she was "very disappointed" to see the P.S. 154 market leave. "For those of us at the far end of the neighborhood, it essentially means we no longer have a greenmarket in easy walking distance," the frustrated shopper wrote on a neighborhood Facebook page.
GrowNYC runs 54 markets throughout the city, including the large, year-round Saturday market at Grand Army Plaza in Park Slope and the Kensington Youthmarket on Fort Hamilton Parkway and East Fifth Street.
Other markets in the general area include Sunday and Wednesday markets on Fifth Avenue and Fourth Street in Park Slope, which are operated by Down To Earth Markets.