[Image via Strough Associates]
For 54 years, the Amagansett Farmer's Market has been a staple of the village but for the first summer in over half a century, the market will not be open. The eight-acre plot of land that the market sits on (just east of Amagansett village) is being sold by the Struck family to the Town of East Hampton to be placed in the Peconic Land Trust.
The drive-by is mildly depressing. Where before one could see a busy marketplace with (over-priced) produce and baked goods, there is an empty lonely ranch covered with tarps. Don't get too depressed, though. Officials say that they plan to reinstate a new farmers market in the same building over the next couple years. Just don't make the trip out there this summer.
SO how much is the Struck family getting for this land? No one knows but them and the town. However Dan's Papers has reported that a Mrs. Margaret De Cuevas has donated $5.4 million dollars to the town to help them reach the selling price. WOW! At least those Strucks are consistent with over-valuing their products!