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City launches farmers market

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Opening day set for May 29

By BEN CARLSON

Getting a basket of fresh fruit or vegetables will be even easier May 29 when a farmers market opens on Lawrenceburg Green, behind Town & Country Bank.

Mayor Edwinna Baker announced the opening date Friday, saying the goal is to bring more people to downtown Lawrenceburg and allow local growers a place to display their goods.

“We are very excited about this idea,” she said. “We really hope people will rediscover downtown Lawrenceburg.”

The market will be open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 29, and is scheduled for every other Saturday thereafter. Baker said if it goes over well, she hopes to add some Wednesdays to the mix.

“We’ll just have to see how it goes, but I think this is going be a good thing for everyone,” she said.

Baker said the market is open to anyone wishing to sell edible farm products, including jams, jellies and honey. She said crafts and other items were considered but rejected at this time.

“We want this to be a true farmers market,” she said.

Baker said she has already spoken with those who sell produce and other items at the old Lawrenceburg Depot on US 127 Bypass, and they have agreed to participate.

“They think this is a good idea and are excited to come to town and set up on the Green,” she said.

Those looking to sell must first register at City Hall and pay a seasonal fee of $15 to help cover costs incurred by the city.

Baker said along with the fee, sellers will be asked to provide their name, address and phone number.

She said the fee is the same as what the city charges for the annual Burgoo Festival.

The final day to register for the May 29 opening is Friday, May 28 at City Hall.

No registrations will be taken on site.

For more information, call City Hall at 839-5372 and ask to speak to Maryann or City Clerk Robbie Hume.

E-mail Ben Carlson at bcarlson@theandersonnews.com.