Eating healthy seems to be the “it” thing for New Yorkers nowadays, and where’ better to find those fresh produce than a local greenmarket?
Last year, Forest Hills hosted its first greenmarket, and attracted a large number of local shoppers. Located on the South of Queens Blvd at 70th Ave, in front of the Forest Hills Post Office, the market offered a variety of fresh produce, from handpicked vegetable and fruits to free range poultry and wild-caught fish.
The greenmarket was so well received by local residents, the market is coming back again and even earlier this year. Instead of starting in July like last year, vendors are ready to set up their stands in spring, and the market will officially open on Sunday, April 7.
Jane of Dipaola Turkey Farm, a family-run turkey vendor, is extremely excited about returning to Queens. “It went really well last year,” she said, when this paper caught up with her on Friday and the granddaddy of all greenmarkets in New York – the Union Square Farmers Market. “I think all the vendors did really well, that’s why we are starting a little early this year.” said Jane.
A few tables away was Las Delicias, a bakery that specializes in homemade bread and pastries. Chris, who was busy wrapping goods for a customer, said that they are always getting better and better.
“There’s some new products this year,” he said.”We are really looking forward to it.”
Another famous bakery that’s returning is Bread Alone Bread, which is widely recognized for its mouthwatering whole grain breads. The manager said they did so well last year, many customers from Forest Hills asked them why they didn’t stay all year round.
“This year, we are thinking about setting up two stands because it was too congested,” said the manager.
Get ready Forest Hills shoppers, because the greenmarket is coming back to town.