Farmers’ Market To Start June 21
The City to City Farmers’ Market will begin operations Saturday, June 21, in downtown Commerce.
The market, open to local growers, will alternate between Commerce and Jefferson on Saturdays. It will be in Commerce on first and third Saturdays and Jefferson on second and fourth except for Saturday, June 28, when it may be in both locations.
The market is a joint venture of the Commerce Downtown Development Authority and Jefferson Better Hometown Program.
Turnout for a vendors’ meeting Thursday night was promising, said Hasco Craver, who is director of the DDA.
“I had people just show up I’d never heard of, never see and never met,” said Craver. “I’ve run into a bunch of people who said they are coming, but could not make it to the meeting.”
Vendors promised to provide, in season, several kinds of corn, tomatoes, okra, squash, lettuces, watermelons, herbs, potted plants, peppers, eggs and cut flowers, Craver said.
The farmers’ market started last year, averaging five to eight vendors. Craver expects more this year.
“I was at a Mainstreet meeting in Philadelphia where they talked about farmers’ markets,” he explained. “They said it takes three years to get them up and viable. The first year, you have five or six vendors, the next year it increases by a few and the third year it becomes a community mainstay.”
The hours are listed at 7-11 a.m., but Craver acknowledged that most vendors sold out of their items will before the announced closing time.
This year, the Commerce Lions Club will assist with the Commerce market. Once a month, the club will set up the banners and help the vendors.
Craver said the vendors especially wanted to be in Commerce June 28, which is the date the market is scheduled to be in Jefferson.
“They liked the exposure of the festival,” he pointed out. “Jefferson will probably have a market that day too.