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Tue June 18, 2013
Mayfield Seeks Funding To Build Farmers' Market Pavillion
Mayfield City Officials are seeking grant funding to buy land for a new farmers’ market. Mayor Teresa Cantrell said currently the town's market has no permanent home and sets up on the downtown square on Saturday mornings and a borrowed church parking lot on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons.
“We thought that was something communities needed, especially small rural communities like Mayfield," said Cantrell. "We need our farmers’ market and they needed a home to conduct their activities. It needs to be a visible place where they can get drive-by traffic and have regular hours.”
Cantrell said the city will look to the Delta Regional Authority and Purchase Area Development District for grant funds after finding a site. Cantrell said the pavilion will be modeled after Hopkinsville’s 2,600 sq. ft. market and that building a permanent location will allow Mayfield’s farming community and local culture to flourish.
“There’s even an artist’s rendering in the plan of a huge pavilion where we could have cultural-type markets selling things that the Hispanic culture would sell, that the Somalian cultural would sell, and we have a large Asian community here," said Cantrell. "We are certainly looking to make that become a reality in this grant process.”
Cantrell said the city plans to buy the land through a DRA grant and build the pavilion through a separate grant from the United States Department of Agriculture. Although the city is yet to decide on a site, Cantrell said she’s optimistic that a new farmers’ market could be available next summer.