Saturday, May 16th, the Roosevelt Island Farmers Market reopened after a long coronavirus layoff. Delicious, healthy foods returned under well thought out and safe conditions. And now, RIOC acknowledges the market will relocate for winter on the first Saturday in November.
Update, November 5th, 2020: The Roosevelt Island Farmers Market opens this Saturday, but it won’t be in its familiar location under the helix. That was sacrificed by poor planning with Citi Bike now occupying a serious chunk of the real estate.
As of November 7th, the market sets up on the other side of the helix exit and borders the abandoned red bus turnaround at the Motorgate atrium.
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Scenes from the Farmers Market’s New Home…
The Roosevelt Island Farmers Market’s new location is more than adequate, and brings life to neglected territory much in need.
Maybe someone should ask RIOC to turn on the lights. The market could use it, and they glow over empty space all night. Why leave them off for business?
Smart Planning Eases Farmers Market Reopening
The Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation promised a safe market and came through. Public Safety officers, led by Chief Kevin Brown, were on hand, calmly welcoming, guiding shoppers.
After a bumpy start — nobody was ready at 6:00 a.m. when shoppers first showed up — the market ran smoothly.
A longtime resident said, “A few millennials tried the line,” during the seniors hour from 7:00 to 8:00,” but PSD controlled volume “in the pen.”
Abundant courtesy from the officers eased compliance, and PSD has maintained that status into autumn.
Conclusion: Roosevelt Island’s Farmers Market Reopened….
… and we must thank RIOC, Public Safety and old faithful Wengerd Farms for making the return possible.
But let’s not forget our thoughtful neighbors who made their work easier, coming out to shop and calmly respecting each other.
To be continued, under the helix, in November.
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