County Cooperative Extension is seeking public input on a site for an area
will be two public forums on Dec. 17. The feedback received during those forums
will be used in a feasibility study on a potential farmers market for the
Right now there are several
roadside produce stands around Fayetteville, and the farmers market that offers
produce from a variety of farmers in one spot is in downtown. They set up
outside the transportation museum on Wednesdays and Saturdays. The farmers use
tables that they remove at the end of each day.
The study is looking into whether
the Fayetteville area can support a larger, more permanent farmer's market and
if so, where.
Lisa Childers, the Cumberland
County Cooperative Extension Director secured a $25,000 grant to pay for the
"What we're looking at is a
broad-based look at the entire county," Childers said. "Where could we put a
location for a farmers market where our citizens would support it, where our
growers would be happy being there."
The study is looking at all
options for a permanent farmers market building that could go anywhere in the
county. Some crafters and farmers who currently sell in downtown say if
something new is built they hope it's still in downtown.
"I personally feel like this is working really good right where we're
at," commented Greg Hathaway who makes and sells pottery in the same area where
the farmers market sets up twice a week. "Build some covers and put some
electricity right here in these parking lots and expand this facility."
Childers said that is a possibility, but the study is researching
all options. The public feedback will help with that she said.
public is invited to the following forums:
9 a.m. in the parlor of Highland Presbyterian Church, 111
Highland Ave, Fayetteville. For convenience, use the church office side
entrance to reach the parlor.
6:30 p.m. at Fayetteville Church of the Nazarene, 1844 Rayconda
Representatives from Earthwise, the
consulting firm overseeing the study, will facilitate the forums.
"Obtaining feedback from community
members is an important tool in ensuring a successful study. We want to hear
from consumers and this is a chance for them to voice their views," said Childers
in a written public notice.
For more information about the
study and Cooperative Extension, contact 321-6405.
McLaughlin, the city's Downtown Development Manager, said she hopes
there will be public support for keeping and expanding the farmer's market
downtown. She said the existing market would like a more permanent downtown location
with some type of shelter or more amenities.
Brandon is a North Carolina native and UNC alum who lives in Fayetteville, and covers Cumberland County and the Sandhills. Returning to North Carolina to work as a journalist is a dream come true for Brandon.More>>