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Farmers market in Bourbon’s future?

February 21, 2012

BOURBON — A planning committee has formed in Bourbon to bring about the first-ever farmers market. The market will be located in the old Dairy Queen parking lot at the corner of West Center and 3rd Streets. The lot is the property of the Bourbon United Pentecostal Church.
Mark Cottrill, a member of the planning committee and pastor of Bourbon UPC, said that he has heard several requests for a farmers market from residents in the past several years. The empty lot, he added, is the perfect location for access for town residents and vendors.
“It’s about trying to be a blessing to the local people and trying to bring more people into town,” said Cottrill.
Cottrill obtained the approval of the town council for the project last week, and he and other committee members are now hard at work getting the word out. A sign will be placed on the property notifying people of the market, and members also plan to advertise and rely on residents to spread the word.
“The biggest thing is just word of mouth, people telling other people about it,” pointed out Cottrill. “Bourbon is a great community — we all support one another and help one another. Residents will, I’m sure, support (the farmers market).”
The market will be open Saturdays from June through October, and will carry locally grown or made items such as produce, potted plants, cut flowers, baked goods, prepared foods, cheeses, jellies, and craft items. There is space for 20-25 vendors, and space rental is $10 per week, $35 per month, or $160 for the whole season. Applications can be picked up at the town office.

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