|Morganton Farmers Market at the retail core. Photo: LOA|
|From Farmers Market vendor to…..|
|…Storefront! This is Cedar Rapids Whiskey Sauce Co. in Ely|
|Geneseo, NY Farmers Market off Main Street by local theater.|
|City of Palo Alto installed bike racks on the
street used for weekly farmers market.
|Portland, OR Market Music event showcases local acts.|
The non-economic and economic benefits of farmers markets might tempt you to implement one downtown. However, they must not be assumed to be simple revitalization tools. Farmers markets are complex efforts that often require the cooperation of a wide range of stakeholders (existing business owners, residents, community leaders), thoughtful planning, extensive programming and marketing, and of course funding! Who knows what this second round of funding from New York State will bring to the downtowns we’ll be working with this Fall but we will be keeping a look out for those farmers markets and keeping our eyes peeled for what works for them!