Create a Farmers Market Space
Farmers markets help preserve farmland and rural livelihoods, stimulate the local economy, promote sustainability and help increase access to fresh foods, boosting the wellness of the communities they serve. Providing a dedicated space for a farmers market will help boost its appeal and create a stronger sense of community.
Q: We'd like to set up a permanent space for our farmers market that will be comfortable for sellers and community members in all kinds of weather. What should we consider?
A: Start by choosing your site. You can locate your farmers market on public property, but first determine if a permit will be required. As you consider your options, keep a few things in mind. First of all, you want to make sure you have enough space for vendors, and maybe even a little room to grow in the future. Is there parking nearby? What about access to public transportation? You'll also want to be sure the site is accessible to patrons using mobility devices. Other factors you might need to consider include access to utilities and restrooms.
Once you've got your site nailed down, think about how you can develop it into a permanent location for your farmers market. If you want to ensure the comfort of vendors and visitors in all weather, consider providing an open-air structure to cover your market area.
Q: Where should we look to find an appropriate structure for our farmers market?
A: Manufacturers of park shelters, gazebos and other structures offer hundreds of designs in a wide variety of shapes and sizes to suit your needs. Talk to your manufacturer about your needs in terms of space and style, and they'll be able to point you in the right direction. From selecting colors that complement your site and the surrounding area to choosing the right size and design that meets your budget, they'll be able to guide you through the process and help you find a solution that will provide your farmers market with a permanent, aesthetically pleasing home.
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