Farmers market to open in July
The long anticipated farmers market will finally debut on Tuesday, July 9, on a newly acquired lot bought recently by the borough.
Once the borough was able to obtain property on Main Street in the Uptown Business District, the outdoor venue was a done deal.
The borough acquired the vacant lot from Brian Kroope a couple of months ago for $100,000. The bulk of the funding will come from grants. (See related story, page 5).
Decades ago, the property served as a cotton goods shop owned and operated by the Kroope family. A fire destroyed the building, which had been located a few doors south of the Roxy Theatre and next to a church.
Borough Manager Gene Zarayko said the borough is getting the tract ready for the farmers market. In the interim, Lehigh Engineering Associates Inc. will survey the property, creating a map of structures and remnants of structures in order to assess water runoff and the development of the site.
The farmers market will be open every Tuesday afternoon, 3 to 7 p.m. The borough thus far has not had a good response from local growers interested in selling. Part of the reason may be that farmers are already committed to other sites in Bath and Easton, for example.
Gary Hunsicker and his son did agree to be part of the first outdoor Northampton Farmers Market, however.
The borough is also looking at the tract as a potential minipark, with benches and landscaping, to draw more people to the uptown.