The Upper Eastside Has an Outdoor Farmers' Market Again
|Fresh organic honey at the Upper Eastside Farmers' Market.|
About a year later, a very small version of an outdoor market was established in the parking lot on Biscayne at NE 79th Street but wasn't too successful. Vendors were unhappy about the large, busy intersection people had to cross to get to their stands and the windy, noisy conditions created by the heavy flow of traffic. Then Terranova Corporation, which owns the shopping plaza, complained that the outdoor marketplace was competing with the commercial stores in the mall. Vendors held on for as long as they could but were finally asked to leave.
Now there's a new project at Legion Park.
Melissa Contreras, organizer of the latest incarnation of the market and creator of the Urban Oasis Project, says, "The supermarket [on 79th Street] thought we were competing with them and told Terranova to basically get rid of us. District 2 Commissioner Marc Sarnoff was contacted, and he told us that we could move our vendors here [to NE 65th Street and Biscayne] for as long as we wanted, and here we are. All we ever wanted to do was to get fresh food to the neighborhood."
|Fresh fruits and vegetables.|
The market is open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., but a short hiatus is in the works for the summer. Be green and bring your own grocery bags. Ample free parking is available in Legion Park's lot, east of Biscayne Boulevard. Take NE 64th Terrace, turn left into the park, and you're a minute's stroll from the fresh food. You are what you eat.