Nyack Approves Saturday Farmer's Markets

The Nyack Farmer's Market will be open for Saturday sessions as well as Thursdays this summer in Nyack.

The Nyack Board of Trustees approved the change Thursday night, allowing use of the Main Street Parking lot from 6 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturdays starting in June. The goal behind the additional date would be to allow people who cannot make it to the Farmer's Market during the day on Thursday's another opportunity.

"The Nyack Farmer's Market is a very popular source of fresh food and a good supporter of small businesses," said Nyack Chamber of Commerce President Scott Baird. "People who work during the week and live outside the village couldn't participate (Thursdays). This give a whole different segment of Nyack the opportunity to enjoy the farmer's market. We felt this was a great time to do it. There was a lot of demand for it. The vendors wanted it. The shoppers wanted it."

The trustees had asked the sponsors, including the Nyack Chamber of Commerce, to check with local businesses to see if they had any objections. Baird said they found overwhelming support for additional day of the farmer's market. 

The Nyack Farmer's Market had offered to repay the town for any lost revenue due to the loss of the parking lot space on Saturdays, but that part of the deal has not been worked out yet. Village Administrator Jim Politi said they wanted to research what the revenue loss would be before working out the details. Baird said the impact would be minimal, in part because parking is free until 11 a.m. in Nyack.

"We want to have good numbers," Politi said. "Once we have that number, the board will ask how to offset that."
willina January 24, 2014 at 04:18 PM
It would be really amazing if they could move the venue to Memorial Park. That way people could picnic in the park, listen to the music from Market Performers, and possibly they could include some food trucks in the lower parking lot of the park. Many other towns that have weekend farmer's markets do it this way, and market goers plan their breakfast or lunch around their market visit. Having it in the dreary abandoned theater parking lot makes that impossible as there is no where to sit or relax.
willie 6 January 24, 2014 at 05:59 PM
What a Great Idea. the park has electric connections and a restroom which could be supervised by Chamber of Commerce. it sure would free up all the parking areas by theatre and nobody can complain about lack of parking. it could be a real nice setting for a picnic and the vendors are right there. let's hope somebody works it out.
Randy January 25, 2014 at 03:03 PM
Thanks for initiating Saturday Farmer's Market hours later this year. I am at work during the week and rarely get to go to the Farmer's Market. I really enjoy it when I do. The Main Street Venue is fine; it is close to many houses and apartments so we don't have to carry our bags too far.
Lisa Larson-Kelley January 26, 2014 at 05:08 PM
While I like the idea of places to sit and relax, electrical, and a restroom -- parking and carrying bags up the hill would be prohibitive. Lobby for a shaded sitting area in the lot, perhaps?
Max Mcclintock January 26, 2014 at 10:30 PM
WE live in downtown Nyack and struggle to make it Thursdays...great news! Bravo!!!!!!!!!!!!
willina January 27, 2014 at 09:08 AM
electrical is not necessary--any vendor who needs one and all food trucks have small, portable generators. this would be an alternative to the same old thursday parking lot farmer's market. more folks do have saturdays off and could take advantage of spending a bit more time in the park, enjoying the waterfront--our town's most beautiful asset. plus, there is street parking on piermont ave. and the side streets for the people that don't want to walk their bags down the street or steps to the parking lot below.


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