Starting July 6, the Farmers Market will make the move from Caboose Park to the Josh Davis Memorial Plaza in Perry’s downtown. The idea was brought up to the Chamber at the beginning of their June meeting with a goal of making the new location an event to the public.
The change of venue was inspired by the way other towns handled their specific farmer’s markets.
“We’ve been going around to all these other little towns and about 95 percent of them have a farmers market and they’re around the town’s square,” Chamber of Commerce Director, Bob Wilson said.
With vendors coming from outside of town, Wilson hopes the new location will rally the community together as more of an event than a market.
“We’re doing it for the right reasons,” Wilson described. “We’ve got a couple of board members spearheading it so you’re going to see new faces at the market which is awesome; we’re talking about attempting to bring in live music, we’re encouraging produce, baked goods, but also crafts.”
The market place has resided as the hub of the market for the past four years, but the Chamber previously ran into issues when the farmer’s market was held in the city lot parking lot.
“There was a lot of issues with tents and shades and all that stuff, so we’re very aware of what vendors need,” Wilson described.
In order to accommodate those who wish to be a vendor for the farmer’s market, Wilson said six parking spots will be taken out at first as a safety measure.
“We want them to vend on the sidewalks,” Wilson said. “We’re trying not to shut the road down, so we’re going to try and be able to access it from as many different angles as possible.”
Wilson believes the event will be a nice addition to the continuously growing downtown district.
“We are going to be very conscious and make sure it’s accessible for all people; we don’t want them to have to walk too far, and you don’t want tripping hazards,” Wilson said. “I think we’re doing our job, and we’re going to make sure its as fun and convenient as possible.”
Perry’s farmers market runs from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. every Thursday, located in the market place next to Caboose Park. Wilson said the extra space in the building can be rented out through the Parks and Recreation board.