PITTSBURG — The Pittsburg Area Farmer’s Market is opening under new management, but keeping tradition in mind as it looks toward the future.
The Pittsburg City Commissioners voted 3-2 to take over operation of the farmer’s market at the end of February. Since then, the city has been working with a farmer’s market board to find ways to improve.
Since taking over control, Pittsburg Parks and Recreation has hired Market Manager Adam Vickery. Vickery has worked with PPRD for nearly three years, and his position is funded as part of Live Well Crawford County’s Healthy Eating, Rural Opportunities Grant.
“I’ve worked with Parks and Rec for a few years,” Vickery said. “When they asked if I would be interested in the manager’s position I thought it would be a really fun opportunity.”
The market opens for its first day of the year Saturday. It is open from 8 a.m. to noon, and will be open every Saturday until October 28.
Vickery said the market plans to continue traditions like “Kids Days,” which provide fun and educational activities for children. “Kids Day” will be every third Saturday of the month, including this Saturday.
“The ‘Kids Day’ is something the market had done in the past,” Vickery said. “While working with the board of city staff and past vendors, that is something they really wanted to make sure we kept doing.”
Starting May 24, a market will also be open every Wednesday from 4 to 7 p.m. The Wednesday market will run through September 27.
Along with regular operations, Vickery said the farmer’s market will be trying some new things to attract visitors and vendors.
“The biggest thing is getting as many people to the market as possible,” Vickery said. “Through the HERO grant that funds my position, Live Well and the city want to make it more than just a market.
“We want to make it an easy choice for people to come to, and a place they want to hang out on a Saturday.”
Vickery said the market board is looking at demonstrations, musical acts and more to bring to the farmer’s market in order to boost number of visitors and the duration of their visit.
The Pittsburg Area Farmer’s Market is located at the Farmer’s Market Pavilion at 11th and Locust streets.
Anyone interested in becoming a vendor is encouraged to contact PPRD at 620-231-8310 for more information.
— Chance Hoener is a staff writer for the Morning Sun. He can be emailed at email@example.com or follow him on Twitter @ReporterChance.