Farmers Market is about to return to downtown LaGrange | News Sun
LAGRANGE – A Saturday morning farmer’s market returns to downtown LaGrange, starting June 4.
Market organizers won permission late Monday from LaGrange town officials to close a one-block area of Spring Street from Detroit Street to High Street, giving them a place to host a farmers market. This brought the market back to downtown, just south of the LaGrange County Courthouse.
The market is, in part, an extension of the local effort to help revitalize downtown LaGrange. Brenda Snyder, a downtown LaGrange business owner and board member of the local Main Street LaGrange organization, spoke to LaGrange city council members Monday evening about plans for the new market and asked the permission to close the street for the market.
Snyder told board members that market organizers plan to operate the market from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. each Saturday, weather permitting, beginning in June and running through the end of September. She added that more than two dozen local vendors have already expressed interest in being part of a downtown LaGrange market.
Snyder said vendor applications have already been mailed out. She said a survey of local business owners showed they were excited to see a farmers market returning to downtown.
Snyder said that in addition to local produce and craft vendors, members of the new market’s organizing committee have spoken to several local food truck operators who have also expressed interest in setting up shop at a downtown market. -city. They also indicated that they would be prepared to offer customers a menu reflecting the fresh produce on sale in the market.
Sonja Giggy, a member of that group, said the organization has been in touch with at least 28 people who have expressed interest in setting up a stall at LaGrange Market. Giggy said that once the market opens, she expects vendors to fill both sides of the street.
Giggy added that while the LaGrange Market will be built around fresh, local produce, there are plans to do a lot more for shoppers.
The idea for a revived farmer’s market downtown was applauded by LaGrange City Council President Ray Hoover.
“I’ve always been a big fan of the downtown farmer’s market,” Hoover said. “It brings a lot of people downtown for something other than the market. I think that’s a great idea.
Hoover promised the city would provide vendors with extra trash cans to help dispose of trash after the market closes for the day.
Main Street LaGrange is part of Indiana Main Street, created to encourage community revitalization in the downtown areas of Indiana’s cities and towns.