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Have you ever shopped at a local farmers market?

Staff Report • Sep 26, 2012 at 10:14 PM

The Johnson City Development Authority has approved a design for a new open-air structure that will serve as the new home of the Johnson City Farmer’s Market.

The new market will be located next to Founders Park on land bounded by Wilson Avenue, Commerce and Main streets. As Press staff writer Madison Mathews reported last week, the structure will be 43 feet wide and contain 62 spots covered by a traditional-style roof. Another 31 vendor spots will be available outside.

“It was the most cost-effective (design),” Washington County Economic Development Council Director of Redevelopment Shannon Castillo said. “You only have to build one structure as opposed to two. It does allow for growth at the Farmers Market.”

The new Farmers Market will allow vendors to back their vehicles into each slot, making it more accessible than setting up in the tight-spaced parking lot where the market is currently conducted on Cherry Street. The market will also have adjacent restrooms that do not take space away from vendors.

Farmers markets have become very popular with consumers who wish to purchase locally grown fruits and vegetables. In Washington County, they have two options. Johnson City Farmer’s Market is open on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. May through November. The Jonesborough Farmers Market is open Saturdays from 8 a.m. to noon May through October.

And don’t worry if you don’t have cash in your wallet. The Jonesborough Farmers Market accepts debit, credit and Electronic Benefit Transfer cards. The market was the first in the Tri-Cities to use the system, which is modeled on the successful EBT system offered at Abingdon, Va.’s farmers market.

We want to hear from you. Have you ever shopped at a local farmers market?

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