ANDERSON — Maybe we’re still hunkered down from a brutal winter, but spring really is just around the corner. Anderson City Market is already prepping for the launch of the second season of the downtown farmers market.
City Market organizer Jody Townsend is hosting an informational meeting for interested vendors on March 27 at 6:30 p.m. at the Fire Training Center, 5812 Martin Luther King Blvd.
Vendors will learn about the nuts and bolts of the market, the upcoming season and its goals. Vendor applications will be available. The market’s opening day is set for May 3, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Anderson’s Athletic Park.
“I am having vendors calling from all over right now,” said Townsend. She said that vendors were watching the market last year. “They liked what they saw.”
The market was the brainchild of Townsend and Brad Land. It features local produce and baked goods, as well as the work of local artisans, on Saturday mornings throughout the summer. They pulled the project together last year for the first time.
“It exceeded all our expectations. Vendors are happy. Shoppers are happy. It’s something that people look forward to on Saturday mornings.” Townsend sees it as a win-win for everyone.
“It makes fresh food available in the community, and supports local growers and small businesses,” said Townsend. “It helps the community. It helps with unity and involvement. We’re such an indoor, on-the-computer society — we hope to help get people out and talking to each other again.”
In 2013, the market started out with 13 vendors, and topped out at 40. This year, Townsend said she’d be happy to have 50 vendors.
“We’re easy to work with. It’s low cost. The people are buying customers,” said Townsend.
Dick and Jude Sochacki of Apple of His Eye Orchards were among last year’s vendors, and they’ll be back this year.