Farmer’s Market discuss changes for next season

Photo by Emily Baker Members of the Knox County Farmers’ Market Committee gather to brainstorm plans to improve next season’s market.
Photo by Emily Baker
Members of the Knox County Farmers’ Market Committee gather to brainstorm plans to improve next season’s market.

As one season comes to an end for the Knox County Farmer’s Market, preparations for the next season begins.

Members of the Farmer’s Market Committee gathered Thursday, Nov. 5, to discuss plans for next season.

Although the market earned slightly less than the previous year, pulling in a little over $27,000, 2015 seemed to be more successful in terms of vendor numbers.

Committee Treasurer Monica Clouse explained, “This year we had more registered vendors, though they didn’t always show up. The vendors that did averaged more income than last year.”

The Committee focused on how to reach those who would otherwise be unable to attend the weekly markets, namely the elderly.

Several steps are being taken to address the issue. Through the Seniors Farmer’s Market Nutrition Program, vouchers will be available for individuals over the age of 65. Also, through Local Foods Local Places, Knox County Farmer’s Market will receive a $20,000 grant. The grant money will be used to purchase a ‘mobile market’ trailer that can be used to set up a miniature Farmer’s Market at various locations. The committee will also use the money to hire a grant coordinator and for advertising and publicity.