Farmer's market to get pavilion with state funds

By MICHELLE PERRY State Journal Staff Writer Published:

Despite heavy rain Thursday, Franklin County Farmer's Market vendors sold produce under the shelter of temporary tents. But they will soon have permanent protection from the storm.

The Kentucky Agricultural Development Board approved appropriations for the construction of a semi-permanent, 5,760 square-foot open-air pavilion in River View Park during its July 18 meeting.

"We will have a place for customers to get in out of the weather," said Lee Ann Jones, owner of Happy Jack Pumpkin Farm and one of the farmers most involved in acquiring the pavilion. "That's one thing the pavilion will help with."

She is one of about 20 producers who sell vegetables, fruit, flowers and other homegrown items at the market Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays throughout the summer.

"To attract customers, you've got to have a nice structure," said Keenan Bishop of the Franklin County Cooperative Extension Service, "and to attract vendors you've got to have a nice structure. It's a 'build it and they will come' type of thing."

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