We have always been inspired by Bryant Park, one of New York City’s best public spaces. Perhaps you’ve noticed we’ve borrowed a couple of ideas from the Bryant Park playbook for our very own Ruby Dee Park (Library Green), including a rolling reading cart (which we fill with veggie and heal-themed cookbooks and children’s books), attractive outdoor seating and life-sized games that everyone can enjoy. We feel that New Rochelle deserves a downtown with a vibrant and thriving “town square” where neighbors can gather to play, laugh and get to know one another. That’s why we strive to make the Grand Market so much more than a farmers market. We want to be Westchester’s Family Friendly Market and grow Ruby Dee Park/Library Green into a special place in the hearts and minds of all residents, where they know there is always something to do and someone to see.
Our latest effort in creating this environment? Board games, available for loan to market customers every Saturday. This year we purchased multiple sets of checkers, chess, playing cards, Uno, Scrabble, Guess Who, Apples to Apples and others. So, how can you play with these games? Simply walk up to the market managers’ table every Saturday, ask to borrow one. Simple as that. Just return it (all pieces intact) when you’re finished playing before the market closes. There are plenty of cherry red tables and chairs available to set up for game play. Why not invite some friends to meet you downtown for game day?
This Week at the Market
From 11-1:00, Ms. Jaqueline returns with a fun craft for kids. Music will feature the long-time New Rochelle Farmer’s Market performer Lloyd Fricker on guitar and bass, who will be joined by Sylvia Rowe on vocals, playing a wide range of rock, pop, and jazz music (noon-ish-1:30 or 2). A diabetes educator from Grand Market sponsor Montefiore New Rochelle will also be on hand to answer questions.
One month of the Grand Market has passed already. Time flies! Before the rest of the summer disappears, allow us to introduce you to a few of our brand new vendors. Read about them here: Bambino Ravioli Pastificio, Big Bang Coffee Roasters, Dr. Pickle, Naturally Naz & The Cheese Guy. Please show them how excited you are that they’ve chosen to sell at the Grand Market by shopping with them. Remember…when it comes to farmers markets, or any independent business that you love, you’ve got to use it…or you’ll lose it. Support local agriculture, support local business, and support the Grand Market. We need committed customers to survive!
In Search of Bread: We mentioned a few newsletters back that our new bread vendor had a health incident preventing them from returning. We are very sad, but continue to work on a permanent solution. In the meantime, starting next week, our hero and ever-loyal meat vendor, Drew from Farm Eats, will be selling Journeyman Breads at his table. You might remember that Journeyman sold at our market last year–Michael makes terrific pullman loaves, and you’ll be able to pick up your very own next Saturday (that’s the 14th) at the Farm Eats booth. Thank you to Drew for all that he does for our market. If you haven’t visited the Farm Eats tent yet, know that Drew’s products are of the highest quality and delicious.
Save the Date: Bastille Day at the Grand Market (July 14th)
Get Ready to Get Your French On!
Just one more week before Library Green once again transforms into Paris on the Sound, with our third Annual Bastille Day at the Grand Market. You can look forward to a Parisian-themed photobooth, stylish beret giveaway (while supplies last, of course!) can-can dancing by local studio the Dance Connection, free red balloons, a French-themed (temporary!) tattoo booth, a special showing of The Red Balloon in the library, plus special entertainment with New Rochelle’s own French native musician Charles Hipser as well as a French-English family performance of Rockin’ with Armelle. Area bilingual French American school Lyceum Kennedy Ardsley will be in attendance with activities commemorating the 75th anniversary of the Petit Prince. Our new promotional sponsor, Alliance Francaise Westchester, has arranged for a viewing of the wildly-popular cartoon Les Enquetes de Mirette. Check out Alliance’s roster of year-round French programming here, then swing by the market for some hands-on French fun.
More downtown news…
New Rochelle’s Participation in the Bloomberg Philanthropies’ Mayors’ Challenge Featured!
If you’ve been reading our e-newsletter on the regular, you know that the City of New Rochelle was selected last spring to participate in the Bloomberg Philanthropies’ Mayors’ Challenge, a nationwide competition whereby 35 cities test innovative ideas to improve citizens’ lives through municipal government. The City of New Rochelle partnered with us, the New Rochelle Business Improvement District, and IDEA New Rochelle, to test the idea that new immersive technologies (think: virtual reality, 360 video, augmented reality) could help citizens better understand and participate in our City’s urban planning/development process. Since being selected as a “Champion City”, we’ve had our noses to the grindstone, in an effort to test our idea and hopefully, win a much larger grant to implement a more refined version of this initiative in the future. We have been detailing our journey on IDEA New Rochelle’s blog (look for the “Champion City” posts). You can also read this very nice write-up that Bloomberg Philanthropies posted this week.
Let’s Go, New Ro! Just another quick reminder that New Rochelle represented when it came to this year’s Westchester Magazine’s “Best of Westchester” winners. New Rochelle businesses located within the BID-boundaries bestowed this honor include: Alvin & Friends Restaurant (Readers’ Pick for Best Caribbean Restaurant); The Wooden Spoon (Best Frosé); Coromandel (Readers’ Pick for Best Indian Restaurant); The Little Ranch (Best Cowboy Boots) and Raymond Opticians (Readers’ Pick for Best Optical Store). This list is not inclusive of all New Rochelle businesses: visit the full list online here. Congratulations to ALL the New Rochelle winners! Our goal next year is to have the Grand Market’s name added to this illustrious list! 🙂