A Public Market is a place, a district, or a system where commerce is governed by rules and regulations that have a civic aim. Founded in 2005, New Amsterdam Market is an economic development association whose mission is to establish a public market to promote and sustain:
- A thriving society of small businesses
- Responsible agriculture, fisheries, and food production
- Regional economies, and fair trade between regions
- Equitable access to real food
These same goals have long been championed in New York City by the Greenmarket system of farmers markets, an organization of the highest integrity. New Amsterdam Market is creating a similar, complementary market system that serves the needs of a new and growing economic sector: purveyors*, manufacturers, distributors and other small businesses who fall outside of the traditional farmers market model but nonetheless hold the same values and ideals.
*A purveyor is defined as “One who provides victuals, or whose business is to make provision for the table.” As a market of purveyors, New Amsterdam Market will continue expanding New York City’s connections to sources of clean food from the region and around the world.
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