Richmond residents will have a new place to purchase homegrown foods and homemade crafts starting March 1.
The Richmond Downtown Association recently announced the creation of a downtown farmers market, which will take place from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Saturday until Oct. 31 on First Street between Irvine and Main streets.
The road will be closed to traffic while the market is open, market manager Melodie Lincavage provided told the city commission Tuesday.
Richmond already hosts the Madison County Farmers Market, which is open from 8 a.m. to noon Tuesdays and Saturdays in the Lowe’s parking lot during the spring until late fall.
The Madison County Farmers Market also has a Thursday market on the Eastern Kentucky University campus during the summer.
Lincavage told the city commission the Richmond Downtown Association did not partner with the Madison County Farmers Market when developing the plans for the downtown farmers market. However, she said she was open to working with the group.
Madison County Extension Horticulture Agent Amanda Sears said a downtown farmers market may be beneficial to a different group of people than those who normally shop at the Madison County Farmers Market.
The Lowe’s parking lot location is convenient, especially on Saturdays, to people who are already out doing their grocery shopping at the nearby Walmart and Kroger. However, the downtown market may draw a different clientele, from downtown neighborhoods as well those who are walking rather than driving, Sears noted.
Lincavage told the commission that vendors who wish to sell at the downtown market must go through an application process and all their products must be produced by the vendor.
“This will not be a flea market with store-bought items,” Downtown Richmond Association coordinator Rose Rex said.
So far, about 40 vendors have signed on for the downtown market. According to the market’s brochure, some of the items that will be available, in addition to fruits and vegetables, will be seeds, artisan-style breads, goats’ milk soap and lotions, eggs, planter boxes, hand-sewn and crochet crafts, jams and jellies, honey, hand-carved stone items, dried and fresh herbs, baked goods and homemade candles.
March 1 is an early start for a farmers market, but Lincavage said the emphasis early in the season will be on the weekly event’s education station. It will provide a wide variety of seminars and workshops on topics about homesteading, crafting, farming and art, according to the brochure.
Some of the planned seminars will be about gardening in a limited space, raised flower boxes, bee keeping, home brewing, soap making and healthy smoothies.
Finally, workers from the downtown restaurants will be at the market with food and drinks for sale. Live entertainment also will be featured monthly.
For more details, or if you are interested in being a Downtown Richmond Farmers Market vendor, contact Lincavage at 859-353-1104 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Information about the Downtown Richmond Farmers Market also can be found on the group’s Facebook page.
Sarah Hogsed can be reached at email@example.com or 624-6694.