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Mount Vernon Farmers Market Closes For Season

MOUNT VERNON, N.Y. – The city said farewell to its Farmers Market for the season Thursday, but the market plans to return to Mount Vernon next year with more vendors and more merchandise.

Market Manager Rene Davis said she received requests from residents to continue the market and would have liked to continue it herself but that vendors would have had to chip in to keep it going since state funding ran out. She said this summer's market was put together at the last minute and hoped when it reopens in June 2013 it will be three times bigger.

"Based on the circumstances, we did pretty well,” Davis said. “We try to make it as diverse as possible considering there are 98 different cultures across Mount Vernon.”

Davis wants to include more crafts next year as well as more food from different cultures. This year’s farmers market featured fresh fruits and vegetables, Jamaican food and homemade popcorn, but Davis said there is potential for it to grow.

“People like the diversity of it,” Davis said. “I think everybody is happy overall.”

Vendor Dona Hatcher of Dona’s Door Décor based in Mount Vernon said the farmers market was a great opportunity for the city and she appreciated the fact that vendor table space was free this summer.

“I love having fresh fruit and vegetables readily available,” Hatcher said. “The market brings out a community feeling and brings me together with people I don’t normally see.”

Hatcher said she's going to miss spending Thursdays at the market and is hoping to take part next year.

“Maybe it will start to hit home with people that it’s not here anymore until next year,” Hatcher said. “I think they’ll be missing picking out fresh fruit.”

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