A weekly farmers' market is returning to Liverpool this May, bringing with it the bounties of local producers.
The first market gets underway on Saturday, May 31 in Privateer Park from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m., and will run every Saturday until the last Oct 25.
David Blanchard, a member of the board of directors and owner of Pleasant Hill farms, says they are still gathering up vendors for the market, but they have a solid list so far. Those that will be at the market include Julian's Bakery from Chester, Wooly Moutain Farm (pork, lamb and beef), Pleasant Hill Farm from North Queens (certified organic farm), Atlantic Currants (jams and Jellies), Millennium Gardens (vegetables, and plants), Iron Works distillery and Petite Riviere Vineyards.
The Queens Arts Council is also a member of the farmers' market cooperative, and will be bringing in artists and crafts people on a rotating basis. Finally, Elizabeth Brown will be selling coffee.
Blanchard says there were a couple of reasons why they wanted to try another market. The first was to expand their own business to a wider market. The other is because although their business is based in Queens County, they have to go out of the county to sell their goods.
"It always bothered us that we took all of our stuff out of Queens County to sell," says Blanchard.
The market is run by a membership based board of directors, made up of those who wanted to try a farmers' market in Liverpool again. On the board of directors are president Cindy Rubenfine, treasurer David Blanchard, secretary Pamela Ditchoff, and members at large Elizabeth Brown and Kurt Wentzell.
A market in Liverpool was tried before, however it ended a few years ago when interest waned. Blanchard hopes some of the changes they have made will make a difference, and will attract more people to the market.
"This is very much going to be a producers' market, so it is things that (vendors) have grown or made themselves," he said.
The previous market was also held on Friday, which was less convenient for working people, he adds.
With those lessons learned, he hopes the new market will catch on.
"We feel very optimistic. We realize we are going to have to invest some time into this to get people interested and used to the idea of coming down to Privateer Park to do their shopping," he says.