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May 30, 2013

PRESS RELEASE

CONTACTS


Ralph DiBart

New Rochelle BID

ralphdibart@rcn.com

914-0960-1460/212-866-0191



Bo Kemp

Urban Fresh Food Markets LLC

bokemp@yahoo.com

917-744-6456

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The New Rochelle Downtown Grand Market Opens Saturday, June 1 with New Events and Programs and of course, Food, Food, Food!


New Rochelle, NY, May 29, 2013 – Saturday, June 1 at 9 a.m. marks the opening of the New Rochelle Downtown Grand Market. The festive neighborhood market features more than 25 weekly and guest vendors selling local farm-fresh produce, meats, cheeses, baked goods and other specialty foods. The market showcases artisanal products and crafts and a weekly featured downtown restaurant as part of the BID’s Dine Downtown al fresco market dining court. The Grand Market is sponsored by the New Rochelle Downtown Business Improvement District (NRBID), Monroe College and Green Mountain Energy and will be held every Saturday from June 1 through October 26 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Library Green next to the New Rochelle Public Library on Huguenot Street between Memorial Highway and Lawton Street.



“We want our Grand Market to not only bring healthy farm-fresh and local produce to residents of New Rochelle and surrounding communities, but also to serve as a festive community gathering place bringing people to their reawakened, revitalized and vibrant downtown,” said Ralph DiBart executive director of the NRBID. The market had previously been held on Fridays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. which contributed to a lower turnout as many working families could not take advantage of it.  Councilman Ivar Hyden, a long strong proponent of a Saturday market noted that “moving the market to Saturdays will allow many working New Rochelleans and surrounding community residents to shop, eat and celebrate the rich diversity of our city on a day where many naturally spend time buying food for their family.”



Mayor Noam Bramson and many community leaders responsible for developing the Grand Market will attend an opening ceremony at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, June 1.  Opening day will also feature the launch of new programs including musical entertainment by Louie Miranda. Louie is a hit with all ages, as he involves everyone in his fabulous music, stories and movements – with an enthusiastic Latin beat. We will also have Sweet by Jana as a featured vendor from our Brooklyn Eats on the Road partnership. The featured restaurant of the week will be the newly expanded Alvin & Friends featuring some of its highly rated contemporary Caribbean cuisine. In addition, we will have ready to eat food vendors and café style seating for patrons.



“We hope the combination of local farms, food entrepreneurs and family events and programs will provide a lively market experience for shoppers and vendors alike” says Bo Kemp, New Rochelle resident and owner of Urban Fresh Food Markets, the market’s new manager. “I look forward to growing this market into a weekly destination for New Rochelle and surrounding communities.” The market has started to create a buzz and anticipates hundreds of shoppers weekly on Library Green. “New Rochelle residents sense a budding renaissance in their downtown, with more shops, restaurants and now the Grand Market. What better than a weekly food market to bring together the diverse population of our city? The Grand Market is a new focal point for the com­munity and we are thrilled to be able to participate as vendors, shoppers and eaters” said Ellen Dupuy d’Angeac, New Rochelle resident and downtown business owner.



A SAMPLE of Grand Market Vendors



Newgate Farms – Newgate Farms has been a family owned, fresh market garden for five generations, since 1933 in Windsor, CT. They grow a full array of produce and small fruits and berries, greenhouse, cut flowers, as well as having a value-added bakery.



Migliorelli Farm - Migliorelli Farm is a family-run fruit and vegetable farm located in Northern Dutchess County in the Hudson Valley Region of New York. Now in its 3rd generation, Migliorelli Farm is growing over 130 different varieties of fruits and vegetables.



Breezy Hill Orchard & Cider Mill - Breezy Hill Orchard & Cider Mill grows more than 100 varieties of apples & other fruit. They are certified in the Eco Apple program, and value the health of the environment just as much as we value fresh, highly flavored fruit and baked goods.



Pura Vida Fisheries - Rick Lofstad is the seafarer at the helm of Pura Vida Fisheries based Hampton Bay, Long Island. Rick has been selling his fish at farmers’ markets, including the Union Square Market in NYC, for the past 8 years.



LeBris Bakery - Jean Yves LeBris, a French born and trained artisanal bread baker with more than 50 years of experience baking. He launched a line of artisanal breads that include authentic French Baguettes, Ficelles, Italian Paesano and Ciabatta, as well as hamburger buns that have helped define and support a new, creative menu item in high-end restaurants.



Bobolink Dairy and Bakehouse - founded by Jonathan White, Cheesemaker and Nina Stein White, Dancemaker , in 2002, on a leased farm in Sussex County, NJ.  They began making artisanal cheeses from the milk of our twenty mixed-breed, grass-fed cows.  Today, they milk between 50-60 cows including their “Bobolink Blacks”, which are the result of crossing several common "modern" dairy breeds (Ayrshire, Guernsey, Jersey, etc.) with the ancient Kerry cattle of Ireland to make their cheese.



Brooklyn Eats on the Road - The Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce is a community that group that supports and advocates for its member businesses. Their mission is to promote a healthy and robust business environment in Brooklyn. We will have a rotating vendor from the Brooklyn Chamber each week at the New Rochelle Grand Market.



Ready Set Sharp Knife Sharpening Service – Good cooks need sharp knives. They have been sharpening area knives for years at farmer’s markets. Leave your knives and come back to ready to use sharpened knives.



…and many more! Visit www.NewRochelleGrandMarket.com .



About New Rochelle Grand Market

The New Rochelle Grand Market was conceived and is operated by the New Rochelle Business Improvement District, a not-for-profit organization of New Rochelleans with the express purpose of enriching our downtown. The market is managed by Urban Fresh Food Markets LLC on behalf of the NRBID.   The market is centrally located at the Library Green in the midst of historic, walkable New Rochelle. Every Saturday, the market hosts more than a two dozen core vendors, plus, we’ll offer rotating sellers to create a varied and ever-changing shopping experience. At the Grand Market, we will offer tastings, informative classes, entertainment, and children’s activities to help turn your weekly food shopping into a fun and enriching experience for the whole family. To learn more about how the New Rochelle Grand Market aims to grow, nourish and inspire our community, become a Twitter follower, Facebook fan, blog reader and visit www.newrochellegrandmarket.com.

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