There’s definitely a ‘market’ for produce in Ridge

Veggie good news for Ridge! Greenmarket is coming
The Brooklyn Paper / Ben Muessig

Bay Ridge’s popular farmer’s market will remain at the former Key Food parking lot on Third Avenue — even after a Walgreens pharmacy opens at the site this summer, The Brooklyn Paper has learned.

After the resounding success of last year’s Bay Ridge Greenmarket, the beloved bazaar has received permission from the drug store to open on the property at the corner of 95th Street for a second season starting on May 2, according to Greenmarket spokeswoman Sabine Hrechdakian.

“It will be the same location that it was in last year, except that Walgreens is going to be open,” Hrechdakian said. “We negotiated with them and it’s going to be a win-win for everybody.”

Discussions are ongoing between Walgreens and the farmer’s market, but the bazaar will likely run on Saturdays through December and feature five or more venders — just like last year’s souk.

Walgreens spokesman Robert Elfinger said that the farmer’s market — which last year included venders who hawked fruits, vegetables, flowers, bread, honey, and buffalo meat — could benefit the pharmacy.

“From a business standpoint, we think it creates some good synergy,” he said. “People can come to the parking lot to get their produce, then they can come to the store and get their everyday essentials and get their prescriptions filled.”