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Petitioning Member of Assembly, 23rd District Assemblyman Phillip Goldfeder and 1 other

Assemblyman P. Goldfeder, QCB14, Independent Farmers: Establish a Farmers’ Market in Queens Community District 14


Our intention is to use this petition to inform the proper entities of the demand for Farmers’ Markets in Queens Community District 14.  

Grocery shopping in Rockaway & Broad Channel is extremely limited and access to high quality, locally grown food at a reasonable price is nonexistent. A Farmers’ Market would fill an important need for expanded access to healthy produce in our underserved neighborhoods while supporting local food producers and farmers.

A Famers’ Market would also yield significant economic benefit for our community. It would provide an opportunity for townspeople to shop locally versus being constrained to markets in Brooklyn and/or Nassau County. Likewise, it would attract tourist that would increase traffic and sales in our local shops and create favorable circumstances for new small businesses.

Letter to
Member of Assembly, 23rd District Assemblyman Phillip Goldfeder
Queens Community Board 14 Jonathan Gaska
Our intention is to use this petition to inform the proper entities of the demand for Farmers’ Markets in Queens Community District 14.

Grocery shopping in Rockaway & Broad Channel is extremely limited and access to high quality, locally grown food at a reasonable price is nonexistent. A Farmers’ Market would fill an important need for expanded access to healthy produce in our underserved neighborhoods while supporting local food producers and farmers.

A Famers’ Market would also yield significant economic benefit for our community. It would provide an opportunity for townspeople to shop locally versus being constrained to markets in Brooklyn and/or Nassau County. Likewise, it would attract tourist that would increase traffic and sales in our local shops and create favorable circumstances for new small businesses.

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For these reasons, I support the following recommendations to our local government:

1) Incorporate an ordinance into new community plans that supports the establishment of Farmers’ Markets in Queens Community District 14 in order to ensure our physical and fiscal health.

2) Fast track permits (ie. City Parks Farmers Market Permit for FMNP Certified Vendors) and required documentation.

3) Seek to transform potential opposition into cooperation with other city departments (ie. City of NY Parks & Recreation, Department of Transportation, etc.)

4) Acknowledge that the guidelines associated with disease prevention (ie. obesity, heart disease, diabetes) and health promotion, such as good nutrition, is more difficult to achieve where there is a scarcity of food resources.

5) Acknowledge that locally grown food has superior nutritional value, supports local farm families, protects agricultural genetic diversity, preserves open spaces and a diverse natural environment.

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I am signing this petition to show my support of a QCD14 Farmers’ Market that will help to provide quality food access in our community, nurture local economic growth and protect our local sustainable food producers.

Thank you for your attention to this important matter.