Evart Farmers Market to move downtownEVART — The location may change, but the quality of goods purveyed at the Evart Farmers Market is sure to stay the same. In years past, the weekly market, open on Saturdays throughout the summer, has been located along U.S. 10 at the Evart Municipal Airport. In an effort to create a more ‘inclusive’ business feel, allowing people to not only shop for home-grown goods but also to make it easier for folks to access downtown Evart businesses, the market is moving to the lawned expanse behind The Depot — on Main Street one block south of U.S. 10. “Until now, the Farmers Market in Evart, while being an independent operation, was under the umbrella of the Local Finance Development Authority and set up on LDFA property,” noted Melora Theunick, director of the LDFA. “Now the Market will be shifting and will actually function under the Downtown Development Authority — while still remaining an independent entity. “The whole point isn’t about ‘who’, ‘what’, or ‘where’ is the umbrella organization. It’s all about creating the most friendly and attractive environment for both Market venders and the people they serve — their customers.” Theunick noted the decision to move downtown came after a period of collective consideration. Some of those involved in the Market project have long considered the downtown location as being a bit more customer friendly. There is plenty of parking. The location is more convenient to other shopping opportunities. The ‘environment’ is a bit more protected and less exposed to the wind and weather as it was at the more open airport area. “Generally speaking, the atmosphere is a little more welcoming, and the traffic situation will be more safe and secure,” continued Theunick. “There are bathroom facilities available, and the greenspace is more embracing. “We think the move downtown will make the Farmers Market more of a community offering — more open and available to all.” Theunick noted that the DDA planning team was investigating the possibility of having entertainment on site during the Market business hours at the new location. It should be noted, however, that the DDA has not officially aligned itself with the move since board members have not yet met to discuss the Market’s shift. City Council members, however, did approve the use of the municipal property to host the Market at the new location. “We would like to see people not only driving to the Market, but also walking and riding their bikes along the Rails to Trails to the Farmers Market,” continued Theunick. “That would be a wonderful development.” The Market’s opening weekend — June 15 — will coincide with a bicycle tour being held along the Trails from Farwell to Evart. “This is exciting as well,” she said. “It should be a busy and enthusiastic weekend.” The Farmers Market master is June Esner. She has been a involved with the market project since its inception. For more information aboutt the Evart Farmers Market, contact the LDFA, (for the time being), at 231 734—6119.