Community members to discuss Farmers Market in Nicholasville

Published 3:51 pm Wednesday, November 2, 2016

A local organization is in the process of bringing a community wide active Farmers Market back to the streets of Nicholasville.
Currently there are smaller Farmer’s Markets in Nicholasville, but nothing of a large scale, said Rob Amburgey of the Jessamine County Extension Office. There is also a larger Farmer’s Market in Wilmore.
“It started in Nicholasville, but they had more luck in the market of Wilmore,” Amburgey said. “It has been operating for around 10 to 12 years and has local individuals selling products.”
Leadership Jessamine, the non-profit organization in Nicholasville taking on the project, will host an open house on Monday, Nov. 7 to explore the idea of starting an active Farmers Market in Nicholasville.
The open house will take place from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Jessamine County Public Library.
“We are inviting anyone in the community that would like to be a part of this conversation,” Ashley Wagoner, an agriculture teacher at Jessamine Career and Technical Center and a member of Leadership Jessamine, said in an email to the Jessamine Journal. “In order for a farmer’s market to be successful we have to have vendors and customers.”
Wagoner said the main topics of the open house will consist of input on location, best times, products offered and outreach to the community.
“We would like to reach out to producers, artisans, consumers, artists, government representatives, specialty vendors and anyone that would like to be involved,” Wagoner said.
All community members are welcome to give input on project that would be taken on by the 14 member class of Leadership Jessamine.
“The main goal is to open dialogue up to the community and to see if there is a need or want for a farmer’s market and who would be interested in participating if we were to have one,” Wagoner said.

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