Farmers markets ready for winter

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Lynn Shaearon talks with Glen Abney about his produce earlier this year at a farmers market. Both the Madison County Farmers Market and Berea Farmers Market are prepping for winter and moving indoors.

The Madison County Farmers Market is looking to make a change this February, when they will begin to house their weekly winter market at Dreaming Creek Brewery in downtown Richmond.

Formerly located inside the Richmond Mall, the county farmers market will move beginning Feb. 1 to the popular brewery on Irvine Street.

According to Mike Bradley, one of three owners at Dreaming Creek Brewery, a liaison of the farmers market reached out to the business, asking if they would entertain the idea of housing a farmers market.

"We are open to whatever," Bradley said. "(The farmers market) was looking for a spot and so we reached out and talked to them…We thought we would try it out and see what happens."

Deborah Messenger, the market's president, said that the old mall was just not working as far as the market was concerned and lacked the draw the group wanted.

She said the farmers market group went to the brewery to make sure the space would allot for the average six to 10 vendors, as well as the business' hours.

Bradley said that once the markets begin in February inside the brewery, the business will open their doors at 9 a.m. on Saturdays to accommodate the market which runs from 9 to 1 p.m. that day.

"We are trying to do what we can to support them as much as we can so it is beneficial for everybody," Bradley told The Register. "Our point of view is that it is a mutual, beneficial opportunity to offer a space and they do the work to bring in people who aren't acquainted with us and our clientele comes and bring those folks in and get acquainted to seeing the winter market."

A primary purpose for the partnership, Bradley explained, was simply to support the community.

"The big thing I think, and have seen, is that there is a lot of people doing different things in Richmond and the county and not a lot of community partnership to help out others," he said. "But I believe recently that is changing. ...This is supporting local farmers and the community and, if we can do that in a relatively easy, or in a way that doesn't cost a lot of money, then let's see if we can do it."

Messenger believes the winter market will be better received and well attended with the move to the local brewery.

Based on Facebook posts from the Madison County Farmers Market and shares that have been done, she said over 7,000 people had looked at the post -- a record for them -- and the post announcing their move had received over 60 shares.

"We are anticipating a majority of positive feedback and we are looking forward to being in the downtown location for winter at the brewery," she said.

"I encourage a lot of people to come and check it out," Bradley added. "A lot of people think of farmers markets as a summer and fall activity but we will have a lot of cool things coming so we just really encourage people to get out here."

The first Madison County Farmers Market to be hosted at Dreaming Creek Brewery will be Feb. 1 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. inside the brewery located at 109 East Irvine St. in Richmond. The farmers markets will be held there each week on Saturday until April 25.

Once the winter market closes, the summer markets will resume at EKU on May 7 at the Carter Building located on the Eastern Bypass across from Roy Kidd Football Stadium.

Reach Taylor Six at 624-6623 or follow her on Twitter at @TaylorSixRR.

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