Within two weeks, the city plans to temporarily close one block of
The closures would only be Wednesday afternoons and Saturday mornings, when two markets are selling a menagerie of fruit and vegetables, jams, breads, jewelry, water colors, pottery and soaps.
The idea, city officials said at a meeting Monday, is to create more room for farmers to sell their produce from the back of their pickups parked in the closed-off streets.
And the city plans to rechristen the site the "Fayetteville Market" on signs that will go up with the barricades, along with detour signs directing traffic to
Officials hope the expansion will help heal a rift among some members of the two markets, which have different rules on locally grown produce, and entice more farmers to come back downtown.
The two groups are the loosely organized City Market at the Museum, which has no restrictions on where produce is grown, and the county-oriented
Some association members don't want to sell their locally grown products next to City Market vendors who may have purchased the same type of produce in another state.
"We can try that for a year, and get everyone comfortable with it," Keefe said, referring to the expanded site downtown.
Both markets have been operating side by side at the transportation museum since 2011, although participation by the
In May, the association began having a pop-up tent market in the
Based on Monday's discussion, it appears a consultant's recommendation to move the traditional farmers market of selling produce from the grounds of the transportation museum to the underused ground floor of the nearby
The main reason, according to Deputy City Manager
The idea would require further research by the city's bond lawyers, and any lease would need approval by the
Keefe had another reason for wanting to keep the farmers market downtown: the county's
Robertson said he supports relocating the farmers market to the parking deck, but he wasn't sure if a majority of the
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