Sep 16, 2011
Farmers Market in Crown Heights
Photos: Yossi Percia/COLlive

Crown Heights residents enjoyed their first ever farmers market Thursday as it opened for business in Hamilton Metz - Lefferts Park.

Crown Heights residents enjoyed their first ever farmers market Thursday as it opened for business in Hamilton Metz Park.

A New Jersey farm is supplying everything from tomatoes to eggplant.

Organizers are hoping to add even more suppliers in the future.

"We're bringing this locally grown seasonal produce to people where it wasn't accessible before to anybody,” said Jack Silberstein, market manager.

“We got a good selection. The weather beat us up a little bit, but right now it's working out good,” said Roy Hildebrant, a farmer.

The market is a project of Seeds in the Middle, and is coordinated by its founder Nancie Kats, along with Jack Silberstein of Jack's Gourmet and Natasha Smith as well as other volunteers.

The market will take place every Thursday, 3pm-7pm at Hamilton Metz Park (Lefferts Park) at Albany and Lefferts Aves.

Food assistance programs are accepted.

The market is very grateful to Senator Adams, NYC Parks Dept, NYS Agriculture Markets, USDA, Farmers Federation of NY, Empire State Development and all the dedicated and employees and neighbors that made this project happen.

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Farms in New Jersey??
Is there really that much "locally" grown produce in NJ??? Come to LA to see a real farmers market... PS. that newscaster had great passion in his reporting. NY is awesome...
(9/16/2011 12:59:58 PM)
This type of Market is supposed to have cheaper prices than what you would otherwise pay.

While some items had good prices, many consumers complained that many items were priced far higher.
(9/16/2011 1:00:56 PM)
I was told this is not organic produce, it's just locally grown instead of "not locally" as sold in the supermarkets.
(9/16/2011 3:24:35 PM)
can someone explain
what is the ma'aleh of a farmers market? Not criticizing just curious.
(9/16/2011 3:24:48 PM)
go benny!
benny! how were the tomatos?
(9/16/2011 5:10:15 PM)
Zaidy - you look great!! Can't wait to see you in a few weeks!!!
(9/17/2011 1:25:18 PM)
what about supporting local businesses
support your local shops
(9/17/2011 1:49:43 PM)
the king
Yosei ata gadol
(9/17/2011 10:34:55 PM)
what's the point
if it aint organic??? and more expensive?
(9/18/2011 12:01:11 AM)
Your Friends in Maine
Way to go, Jack! Great idea! As the market expands with different growers, there will likely be better variety, better prices, on produce much fresher than that available in the local stores. Farmer's Markets are a great addition to any community.
(9/18/2011 12:43:01 AM)
hooray!! a farmer's market!
can't wait to get my hands on some of those fresh fruits and veggies! and look at those greens! i've never even seen swiss chard or kale sold in crown heights.
(9/18/2011 12:56:42 AM)
fresh produce is not heimish. Did your grandmother in russia buy in a farmers market??? Nayeh Maasehs. Ah farmers market!

What's wrong with the traditional supermarket???

(9/18/2011 3:30:05 AM)
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