New farmers market proposed for Columbia

Friday, April 29, 2011 | 1:46 p.m. CDT; updated 6:03 p.m. CDT, Friday, April 29, 2011

*UPDATE: This story has been updated to include information about the days the market would operate.

COLUMBIA — Individuals living in public housing could have more access to fresh fruits and vegetables if a proposed farmers market is approved by Columbia City Council. The request for the market is up for approval Monday.

The new market would be between the J.W. "Blind" Boone Community Center and the Annie Fisher Food Pantry. There would be six vendors maximum. Operation would start sometime in May and continue through October.

*Becky Markt, director of resident services, said the details of time have not been finalized, but the market will be open for a few hours every other Wednesday. There is a possibility of it being open every week,  Markt said.

The Housing Authority of Columbia submitted the request. The council approved a similar request for the Columbia Farmers' Market last year, and three satellite markets were established. The request for the new market is also expected to be approved. 

Last year, a request for the creation of a longer-term, directed staff responsible for developing a permit procedure for farmers market was also approved. The procedure would be be an amendment to Chapter 13 of the City Code, which would allow farmers markets to be considered a "temporary business stand" in noncommercial areas.

It would also allow farmers markets to be permitted seasonally at hours determined by the council. The previous ordinance limited the markets operation to 14 consecutive days and three months.

The development of this amendment will not affect the potential approval of the new market. 

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