WINCHESTER — Old Town officials are making plans for a weekday farmers’ market on the Loudoun Street Mall.
The Summer Midday Market will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursdays in June, July and August in front of the Shenandoah Valley Civil War Museum at 20 N. Loudoun St.
Downtown Manager Jennifer Bell said the weekday market will make it easier for people who work in Winchester to buy fresh produce and other items typically only offered at the Old Town Farmers Market on Saturday mornings.
So far, Bell said, only one vendor has signed up for the Summer Midday Market, but more participants are being sought and applications will be accepted until April 20.
The Old Town Farmers Market, which is entering its fourth year, will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays from May 12 through Sept. 29 at the Taylor Pavilion, located next to and behind the former Taylor Hotel at 119-129 N. Loudoun St.
According to an information sheet shared at Thursday evening’s meeting of the Old Town Development Board (OTDB), 10 vendors will participate in this season’s Saturday morning market. Eight of those vendors will be there each week, while the remaining two will alternate weekends.
“I’m pretty excited by this year’s layout,” OTDB Vice Chairman Drew Van Laeken said.
Some of the locally produced goods that will be available at the Old Town Farmers Market are fresh beef and poultry, eggs, homemade bread, maple products, kettle corn, herbal salves and essential oils, gourmet mushrooms, baked goods and jams and jellies.
Bell told the board she plans to meet with downtown restaurant owners in the coming days to encourage them to offer food and drinks to market attendees.
She also said banners promoting the market could be displayed along the Loudoun Street Mall in locations that previously advertised the annual Bluemont Concert Series. The organization that coordinated the downtown summer concerts announced this week it is ceasing operations effective June 30.
Redding, co-owner of Winchester Brew Works at 320 N. Cameron St., was nominated by OTDB member Charlie Fish to fill the role vacated last month by the resignation of Scott Dawson, the board’s chairman for the last three years.
Dawson stepped down after accepting a job as broker with OakCrest Commercial Real Estate in Winchester, a position that he said had the potential to create real or perceived conflicts of interest.
Attending Thursday evening’s Old Town Development Board meeting in Rouss City Hall were Chairwoman Holly Redding, Vice Chairman Drew Van Laeken, and members Charlie Fish, Elizabeth Minor, Greeley Myers and Kimberly Sowers. Members David Cavallaro and Dan Kalber were absent.
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