Wednesday, August 19, 2009

New Amsterdam Market at South Street Seaport, NY Starting September 13

New Amsterdam Market announced today that it will inaugurate its first season of monthly, one-day markets on Sunday, September 13, 2009, from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm. The markets will take place on South Street, between Beekman Street and Peck Slip in Lower Manhattan, and will also convene at the same time and location on the following Sundays, October 25, November 22, and December 20, 2009.

"New Amsterdam Market is exactly what we need at South Street Seaport: a resource for the community and an attraction for the world," said State Senator Daniel Squadron. "The market brings the best of regional produce to the heart of the city. This fall, it will continue to link the people of New York City with farmers around the state, helping develop a sustainable food system and strengthening our regional economy."

Last held at the Seaport in December 2007 and June 2008, New Amsterdam Market featured innovative New York City food entrepreneurs such as Saxelby Cheesemongers, Marlow and Sons, Dickson's Farmstand Meats, BoBo Poultry, and Hot Bread Kitchen, businesses which provide local jobs while specializing in sourcing and utilizing regional products. To date, New Amsterdam Market has been attended by an estimated 8,000 New Yorkers from diverse neighborhoods in all five Boroughs, as well as visitors from as far as Boston and Philadelphia.

"We are grateful for the New York City Economic Development Corporation's cooperation as we planned these monthly events in the South Street neighborhood, which has been a market district for the past four centuries," said Robert LaValva, founder and director of New Amsterdam Market. "New York City is leading the way in incubating this important, growing business sector: purveyors sourcing food directly from farmers and producers in our region who are responsible stewards of its lands and waters."

The September 13 market inauguration will coincide with New York City's celebration of
Harbor Day, which this year honors the 400th anniversary of Henry Hudson's voyage to the New World New Amsterdam Market and its diverse vendors will join the Harbor Day festivities by representing the agricultural bounty of the lands visited by Hudson in 1609. Farmers, producers, and purveyors will sell fresh seasonal produce, meats and dairy, wild-gathered greens, breads, cheeses and cured meats, fruits, wine, and cider all from the Northeast, and with a special emphasis on the Hudson Valley. The market will also offer picnic baskets and other prepared foods to take away and enjoy along the public piers on South Street or take on Harbor Day ferry boat service to other waterfront destinations around New York City. An estimated 150,000 New Yorkers are expected to attend the citywide Harbor Day events, which are being produced by NYC and Company, New York City's official marketing, tourism and partnership organization.

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