Rocky Point Farmers Market Off To Disappointing Start!

Second Sunday a Disappointment!

In support of the Rocky Point Farmers Market I visited for the second week in a row dragging my enthusiastic wife along with me this time @ 9AM. After a 3-4 booth week the first week I told her they were expecting at least 8 today. Well, it was the same 3-4 as last week. The vendors were again cordial and a pleasure to be around but there really was No Farmers Market yet! We did make a purchase and I told my wife I heard there was a Sunday Farmers Market on Main Street in Pt. Jeff. We headed that way.

Though Pt. Jeff is a pain to deal with because of traffic, we found a very well represented and organized Farmers Market. They do not allow "flea market" type merchandise sold there. The assortment of fruits, vegetables, plants, cheeses, pies, breads, goat product, plants, and many things produce related was outstanding.

Rocky Point Farmers Market needs to learn a lesson from this, take a good look at it, and model themselves after it.

I would rather support Rocky Point and the economic health of the Broadway area but until the Farmers Market become a serious endeavour I'll be headed to Pt. Jeff on Sundays.

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Dawn McCarthy May 21, 2012 at 12:26 PM
Don't be disappointed yet, it takes awhile to get these things going, I just hope they don't make the same mistakes that Mt. Sinai did we they had one! It really was a shame because they had some great vendors. Local honey, jams, jelly and pickles. I think Pt. Jeff has been so successful because they have farmers and local businesses represented. It's nice advertising for them when the local business are pushing it too!
Steve May 21, 2012 at 02:30 PM
Perhaps we need to lean on local merchants as well to provide representation. Handy Pantry and McCarrick's can both order local produce and set up tables. Some of the bagel shops and perhaps Tilda's bakery. And I'm sure there are some more local artists and craftsmen that may be able to merchandise there talents as well. I think the problem may be that the word is not out there well enough, as we only heard about it a few days before the first one on Mother's day. I was at that one and have to agree that vendors were very curtious and I admire their ambition to make this work. Lets mention this to other merchants we visit in the area to help make it a bigger success!!!
Captain Howard Hawrey May 21, 2012 at 04:06 PM
I'm trying to be optimistic but this already smells like a typical "Broadway Rocky Point" way of doing things. In my world: The vendors should all be scheduled and in place before announcing the Farmers Market. If the Market is slow for a week or two the word will spread that it is good (we are a small community) and that will take care of itself. Dribbling in vendors a little at a time and hoping the Farmers Market catches on is doing business "Bass-Ackward"! Good intentions with bad application of smart business practices is what I see so far. Again I wish them well and intend to visit it again when I hear that it is worth while. Until then I probably won't go out of my way to attend this on Sundays.
K. May 21, 2012 at 06:33 PM
Aside from the Patch, I haven't seen any type of advertising for it. Granted, I avoid reading Newsday; maybe it was there.
Dawn McCarthy May 21, 2012 at 10:10 PM
Unfortunately, Mt. Sinai never advertised the farmers market they had and it only lasted 1 season, the vendors were very disappointed. I have been going for several years to Pt. Jeff and there are a lot of upsides, local bakers and restaurants set up tents and take credit cards. They also set up the market next to an outdoor ATM. I hope by July they work out the kinks and just a personal hope, they could have roasted corn!
Bucknell Barrow May 22, 2012 at 12:51 AM
They were selective about who could set up and what products and from where they would come, ain't much produce grown yet here on the east end of Long Island. When it was suggested that perhaps produce be brought in from else where they balked at the idea. You have to have something to offer the people to entice them to come. I hope the poor showing does not ruin the possibility this being a good place to get quality goods for all in the community.
Captain Howard Hawrey May 22, 2012 at 01:01 AM
I'm calling BS on your post! I was at the Pt. Jeff Market, took care to see where they were from and the products they offered. It was a well done representation of the not so far off east end: Ridge, Calverton, Riverhead etc. There is no reason Rocky Point couldn't have done the same. Again I'm calling BS on your post. Rocky Point needs to get their act together (once again) if they want to be succesful. Which by the way I am hoping for!
Captain Howard Hawrey June 24, 2012 at 08:58 PM
Have been out of town for a few weeks. Can anyone give me an update on how the RockyPoint Farmers Market is working out?
Barbara Smith August 09, 2012 at 12:30 AM
Barbara Smith I would be interested in joining the farmers market can someone give me info on it my e-mail is 11961@optonline.net I sell handbags and scarves would they allow someone to do that?
Captain Howard Hawrey August 19, 2012 at 02:32 PM
What a difference a few weeks have made. The additions of Davis Peach Farm, Rocky Point Artisnal Brewery, and better selection of products from Earth Farms have really helped this market. I still hope it gets larger as I like to walk around these type markets on a nice day. Hope the market is a success for the rest or the season and maybe even into the fall? Glad this market has become worth going to. Nice Job to all involved! (But keep those vendors coming!)
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