Farmers' market receives funding

Money will be used to construct a permanent, open-air building

By JOHN FRIEDLEIN

Sunday, December 30, 2007 5:16 PM CST

ELIZABETHTOWN — Funding to construct a permanent market for local produce farmers continues to grow.
The Kentucky Agricultural Development Board during its December meeting earmarked $63,000 for the project, which received $500,000 from the state last year.

Awarded to the Hardin County Regional Farmers Market Foundation, the money will go toward an open-air style building with a concession stand and bathrooms, said Brenda Thomas, president of the Hardin County Farmers Market. It is scheduled to open May 1 at the corner U.S. 62 and Peterson Drive.

Project organizers have come to a consensus on the building’s design, Thomas said. The roof will be large enough for 34 vendors to park under. The Farmers Market has 30 members, but 20 is the most who have ever shown up at one time.

Thomas has received several calls over the past few months from growers interested in joining.

“We’re looking forward to having more vendors,” Thomas said.

The farmers over the years have sold produce at various locations, including Towne Mall and, most recently, Lakeshore Plaza.

Having a permanent site, even though it’s off the town’s main drag, will help customers find the market. Plus, the move is expected to draw traffic from the nearby industrial park and it will put the market next door to the county extension service, which collaborates with growers.

The lot, which is more than 7 acres, will give the market room for expansion.

John Friedlein can be reached at 505-1746, or at jfriedlein@thenewsenterprise.com.

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