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Aug 26, 2009 12:42 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Farmers Market to be held Sunday in Southampton Village

Aug 26, 2009 12:42 PM

Southampton Village will hold its first farmers market this Sunday—a little later start than anticipated—from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the parking lot at the Parrish Art Museum on Jobs Lane.

The village had been planning to have the first farmers market in mid-August but botched advertisements running in local newspapers, forcing the organizer, Southampton Village Trustee Bonnie Cannon, to cancel the event. Southampton Village Mayor Mark Epley said the location of the event, the parking lot at the Parrish, did not show up in the ads.

New ads are set to appear this week with all of the market details, Trustee Paul Robinson said at the Southampton Village Board work session Tuesday night.

The farmers market will be held in the Parrish parking lot on Sundays through September 20, Ms. Cannon said. There will be six or seven vendors at the farmers’ market this Sunday, including Wölffer Estate Vineyards and the Ludlow farm.

The market, which faced lively opposition from some local businesses, is being held on a trial basis this year. If successful, it may be resurrected next year, Mr. Epley said.

“How many people show up and how many local farmers participate, those are the keys,” Mr. Epley said.

Local business owners were concerned that the market could draw customers away from their own establishments. Some also suggested that the market would only 
benefit farmers coming from the North Fork or western portions of Long Island.

At the work session, Trustee Nancy McGann asked Ms. Cannon why she decided against holding the market on the grounds of the Parrish, suggesting that it may be nicer to have the market on a grassy area. Ms. Cannon said that many farmer’s markets on the East End, including those in Sag Harbor, East Hampton and Westhampton Beach, are held in parking lots.

Ms. Cannon also noted that there will be music at the market.

Jessica DiNapoli

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