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Public asked for input on Fayetteville area farmers market

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Cumberland County Cooperative Extension is seeking public input on a site for an area farmers market.

There 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 Fayetteville area.

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 study.

"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.

The 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 Road, Fayetteville.

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.

Jami 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 Herring

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>>

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