PERRY -- The Perry Farmers Market may be moving to a new location later this year.
A request to move the market to a block of Carroll Street in front of the old courthouse is scheduled to be considered by Perry City Council on Tuesday night.
Market organizer Jodi Daley said the new location would have better visibility and room to expand. Daley, whose nonprofit group Land to Hand Inc. got the contract to manage the market, said the current location behind the Perry Arts Center is a good spot, but it’s limiting.
For the 2015 season, Daley wants to open the market March 7 at its current location behind the Arts Center. But May 2 she wants to move it to the 800 block of Carroll Street, where she hopes it can become a year-round market. The market would remain open Saturdays.
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The proposed new location could feed business between regular downtown merchants and the farmers market, she said Tuesday.
“I envision going to get my cup of coffee, looking for vendors, getting my grocery list together, and then going to other local vendors,” she said. “I’ve talked to several (downtown) business owners about this. They’re all excited about it.”
Rusty’s, a downtown restaurant on that block of Carroll Street, is proposing to hold cooking demonstrations at the market. Daley said she’s looking into other demonstrations, live music and an educational program for children.
Daley’s proposal is to close Carroll Street between Jernigan and Ball streets at 7 a.m. Saturdays, reopening by 1 p.m. The site also would need electricity for vendors and their marketing programs, including the music and cooking demonstrations.
Kerry Dunaway of Roberta said he expects to begin selling at the Perry location on Saturdays. He sells beef, pork, chicken, free-range eggs and items from his licensed kitchen including pickles, preserves and jams.
Dunaway’s Greenway Farms sells at the International City Farmers Market on Thursdays, which Daley also runs.
Dunaway, a retired Crawford County sheriff, said people are growing more interested in learning where their food comes from and how it’s raised and processed.
Dunaway predicted the Perry Farmers Market will thrive, as Warner Robins’ has.
“We’re looking forward to serving customers there.”
To contact writer Mike Stucka, call 744-4251.