New Farmer’s Market opens in Milton

Published on March 07, 2013 with 2 Comments

Milton has been seeing several improvements with new businesses and older businesses getting new looks in recent months.

Recently another first occurred as the Habitat for Humanity ReStore in Milton took a huge step in the community by opening a new Farmer’s Market on March 6.

Connie Bryars, ReStore Director of Habitat for Humanity of Pensacola, noted the project had a twofold purpose leading up this the recent market launch.

“We had a couple of reason in mind when we started this,” Bryars said. “When we build houses we also believe in building the community and by doing this we feel we are building the community by offering local producers the opportunity to sell their wares.

“Another reason for this is to help us with traffic as people come to the market they will also come to our store.”

The Farmer’s Market will be open every Wednesday at the Habitat for Humanity ReStore located at 6606 Elva St. from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

To make this Farmer’s Market successful, Bryars and others with Habitat went to the farmers themselves.

“We have actively been pursuing the famers and others who will be participating in the Farmer’s Market,” Bryars said. “Initially we went to the Santa Rosa Extension Local Producers meeting in Jay back in February to talk about this and we have spoken to several produce vendors at the Palafox Market.

“When we talked to them everyone seemed to like the idea of doing this on a Wednesday as it would offer them another opportunity to market their wares.”

Since the concept was first discussed word of the market has spread.

“The farmers in the community are a very tight knit group and we have seen how the word has spread among them,” Bryars said. “We are hoping to see it grow as the crops and produce to the area starts to come in.”

By offering the market at the Elva Street location, Bryars also hopes to help establish a long term market place for people to come and farmers to sell their wares.

“In looking at this we have learned one of the problems was that the market locations continuously changed,” Bryars said. “We want this to become a permanent location and establish a tradition of it being here.”

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