Farmers Market of Keene — Re-Homed!
April 24, 2015
I’m a little behind the times in telling you the fabulous news that the Farmers Market of Keene has found a home, quite near its old one. The Keene Sentinel reported last Friday that
The Farmers’ Market of Keene has a temporary location for the start of the summer after the plan passed muster with the City Council Thursday.
The market’s 20 vendors will move to a row of 23 parking spaces on the south side of Gilbo Avenue — next to the building that houses the bus station and the Taqueria Odelay restaurant — for the first weeks of the 2015 season.
In a gesture of goodwill, The City Council voted to waive the usual fee the farmers market has to pay to rent its space.
Bruce was reported to have said he was “glad a solution was found and that the negotiations prompted more discussion about a possible permanent location for the market, something the market has wanted for many years.”
Read the whole article on the Sentinel’s website here.
Farmers Market of Keene — Homeless!
As you know, Bruce was a founder and, 15 years later, is still one of the Coordinators of the Farmers Market of Keene. He learned last Tuesday (March 17, 2015) that the market, due to open in only 6 weeks, IS HOMELESS!!
The Keene Sentinel has graciously given me permission to post its articles on this subject. (Please get permission if you want to repost!)
The public first heard of this problem when Ella Nilsen’s article appeared in the Sentinel on March 20.
With just six weeks until opening day, the Farmers’ Market of Keene will have to find a new location. The market’s usual spot in the Commercial Street parking lot will be occupied all summer … according to Keene Parking Project Manager Gary P. Lamoureux …
Market Coordinator Bruce Bickford said when Lamoureux delivered the news on Tuesday, it came as a shock.
Wednesday’s (March 25) issue, along with another article, had a great front page, above-the-fold photo by Michael Moore. It shows Bruce and the greens we will all be eating when they grow up for the start of the CSA season.
Martha Shanahan’s article stresses the concern Bruce and other coordinators have about the toll this problem could take on the market.
If the schedule is thrown off or the location is changed, farmers will lose an important opportunity to make back the money they spent on production expenses during the growing season, Bickford said.
The Sentinel has carried articles on the homeless market daily since Wednesday as I write this on Saturday. Please check them out!