Since her involvement in the The Glen Head Glenwood Business Association (GHGWBA), Deborah Orgel Gordon has been a strong advocate for local businesses and community outreach to raise awareness about shopping locally.
Last year, she helped organize the first Farmers Market and Local Business Showcase in Glen Head, and as co-chair of the event committee, is doing it again this year, on Sunday, Sept. 27.
“The main reason for doing this is to bring awareness to the community to shop locally and get to know the local businesses,” said Gordon. “What you do here gives back to the community in the long run.”
She said one thing that sets this market apart from others is that all vendors must be members of the GHGWBA.
“It’s really about supporting the local businesses and keeping the storefronts open,” said Gordon.
This year’s market also features Glen Head-based Rottkamp Farms and there are 50 local vendors committed to attend, up from 28 last year. The showcase promises to be a mix of an old fashioned farmers market with fresh produce from a local farm and a chance to learn about what businesses are just around the corner and how they might be of service to residents.
“Last year was unbelievable,” said Gordon. “Not that much happens in Glen Head and it was a great turnout despite the lousy weather.”
This year there will be more food, raffles and music from Kenny Craft of Anchor Audio. The co-sponsor of the showcase is the First National Bank of Long Island, which is providing the parking lot space.
Rob Mansfield, owner of Grassroots, is looking forward to being a part of the showcase.
“This community has so many vibrant businesses and amazing shops,” said Mansfield, who said he tries to avoid the big box retail stores and shop local as much as possible. “If we could all just shop local and support these businesses, it would be so amazing.”
Mansfield mentioned a recent visit to a town upstate that was self-sustaining and said he would be thrilled to see Glen Head and Sea Cliff become that way. His bake shop has been around for 11 years, and he credits the community for its longevity. He’d like to help raise awareness for more people to have the same mindset.
“I love our town and I want to keep it going,” said Mansfield.
Mansfield also credits Gordon for helping to make this happen.
“Deb is the most amazing person,” he said. “She works tirelessly for the good of the community.”
Businesses confirmed include Arts Angels, a+ graphics & signs, Cove Animal Rescue, Giordano’s Gift & Garden, K. DiResta Collective, Jack’s Shack, Healing Arts Massage Therapy, Restaurant Claudio’s, The Pet Store Next Door, Heirloom Tavern, Village Wine Merchants and Worth Repeating, among others. For a complete list of vendors, visit their Facebook page.
The second annual Farmers Market & Local Business Showcase will be held on Sunday, Sept. 27, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., in the First National Bank of Long Island parking lot at 10 Glen Head Rd., at the corner of Roosevelt Street. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.ghgwba.com.