Farmer’s Market Study Yields Recommendations

The never-ending discussion about where to house the farmer’s market has started up again, Claudia Elzey reports for Charlottesville Tomorrow, in response to a study about creating a “market district” to house the weekly event. The company that conducted the study concluded that C’ville is too small to support a newly created area centered on a farmer’s market, and that it’s only realistic to create a simple, permanent location. That might be in the Water Street parking lot where it is now, or that might be in the gravel parking lot between South Street and Garrett Street (there are arguments for both), but the important bits are to establish both shade and permanent sheds for vendors to set up under. Right now, when it’s either hot and or raining, the setup can be inhospitable, and requires that vendors set up their own tents. Council is going to discuss the findings in April. If the past 40 years are any indicator, nothing beyond talk is liable to result.

9 Responses to “Farmer’s Market Study Yields Recommendations”


  • Talk, talk, and more talk. And some independent studies that cost money. How many times do we have to go through this when, as you say, nothing is liable to result?

    A lot of people avoid the market because of the location and the stroller brigade. It’s crowded, parking is abysmal, and don’t get me started on the franchise that’s set up shop. The city needs to find a bigger, better location.

  • Is there any doubt that the former Frank Ix property is perfect

  • It’s the most popular farmers market for fifty miles in any direction and vendors are lined up for spaces. (Also the priciest?) So it could well be talk-talk for a long time. I’d like to see it in Jackson Park, FWIW. The original downtown has plenty of shade, is little used on weekends, and sits on a nice high spot. Would need to coordinate parking with Beth Israel two blocks away.

  • Another study putting off any real decision until after an election- when no decision will be made-again

  • “Talk, talk, and more talk. And some independent studies that cost money.”

    The incessant talk is less disconcerting than all the bought and paid for studies, Janet. In fact I’d rather take as much free public comment (positive and negative) over procurring the next parade of noncommittal consultants. As for that certain franchise, it’s less unsettling to me than the incumbent up for re-election to council. Roll that ugly Harvest Bread Company footage, eh-heh I mean the hyperlink to that previous Waldo blog entree.

    Perlogik got the call right on top of ground zero. I’d bet the farm the prevailing cabal within city hall knows for sure what they want and how they intend to have it. With all the budget alloting to run this zombie horse around for inhumanely numerous beatings, the total accumulations would be decadently adequate for the city to offer buying the Beck-Cohen Building, paint it red and turn it into some prominent award garnering esthetically eye gloating market square. Oh but wait, what would the Board of Architectural Review think? Well, if the already so-called counsultants can be paid-off….. what’s to stop the BAR from being preempted over the same matter in a different manner?

    Only when it became politically expedient and the guesstimates were publicly front and center, was the boom lowered on the electeds private hopes to go forth; where no other city government lavishness had gone before. This market is about an uneasy subject as that so-so deteriorating bridge several blocks away. Funny how desiring an underpass first before going with replacing the Belmont Bridge steadily became a 2013 election campaign liability. Watch the denial-abilities about this run loose every which way. Our elected can not be forthright about their affinity for spending. Deny the city vision’s costs and the further connectivity of Downtown and Belmont. Oh but wait again, wave the magic wand of strategic investment. What a ripe opportunity to infuse the scope of parameterised interests and archetype communities.

    “The City Council is expected to discuss the recommendations further in September.” Who’s to say they won’t procrastinate even more with the talk-talk, that is until the market has wound down next to the close for winter season. What’s so important that they could continue delaying any resolve on this for so long? Considering just what kind of market it is? Gee, just take your pick: city market, farmers’ market, produce market, consumer market, open-air market, market square? How many variations can you tack onto this venue’s name? Then there’s still the consideration of even where to place the entire thing. I’m surprised somebody hasn’t yet suggested under the pavillion or on top of the Water Street Parking Garage.

    However, what makes all this here anymore than just talk either.

  • The market is open for xmas. Closes later in the winter.

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