BizBeat: Temporary move brings market to downtown
Sunday, February 2, 2014
“After years and years, many wishes and a bit of luck, our dreams are coming true,” Stephanie Bell, president of the Downtown Association said last week while announcing that downtown will be getting a farmer’s market for the month of May.
The Lincoln University Farmer’s Market will temporarily move to Madison Street between High and Capitol during the month of May.
Farmer’s Market manager Maggie Hopper said the market has either had to be shortened or closed due to graduation and high school state track meets each May. This year, however, instead of closing, it will relocate, making Bell’s wish come true, even if only temporarily.
“We will finally have a farmer’s market in downtown Jefferson City,” Bell said. “We will call it the ‘May Market.’”
“May is the time when everyone starts having produce,” Hopper noted.
The Lincoln market usually opens Saturday mornings from April to October and on Thursday afternoons from June through August.
“Our first day is actually April 19, and we’ll have two weeks in our normal spot before moving downtown,” Hopper said.
The market will be open from 9 a.m. to noon every Saturday in May on Madison Street between High Street and Capitol Avenue.
The Lincoln Farmer’s Market usually averages between 15 and 20 vendors, with approximately 40 throughout the season. Among the items usually available are produce, pasture raised beef, pork and chicken, crafts, bread, cookies, pies, etc. All the vendors are from Cole or surrounding counties.
Hopper said she hopes the change in location will work out great and get some exposure to people who may not normally frequent the market.
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