Dillon Farmer’s Market to move
February 8, 2008
DILLON – The Dillon Farmer’s Market will move this year from its usual location near the lakefront to a temporary site along Buffalo Street behind Town Hall, in order to accommodate construction staging at Marina Park.The new venue will extend along the south side of Town Park, closing the east end of Buffalo Street to through traffic. This temporary relocation will be necessary because planned improvements at Marina Park will require use by contractors of at least part of its parking lot throughout the summer building season.After exploring several alternative locations for the market, town staff decided on Buffalo Street as the best option, town manager Devin Granbery said.
“It’s not as great a location (as Marina Park),” he acknowledged. “But that venue is just not going to be available.”Limited parking and the absence of electrical hook-ups will pose challenges at the new site, and the town plans to rent a “quiet” generator for the handful of vendors who require electricity, Dillon communications and marketing manager Susan Fairweather said.”We don’t want to do a lot with the infrastructure, because it may just be a temporary location,” she said.
The new venue will allow for children’s activities in the adjacent park and open the event up to other possible attractions.”We want to beef it up, so the visitor experience is enhanced,” Fairweather added.No firm plans exist yet for future seasons. Once Marina Park construction is completed, the market may either move back or remain in its new location.
The Dillon farmers’ market operates from mid-June through Labor Day, and its 65 to 75 vendors include baked goods, artisans, prepared food and textiles, in addition to produce.Harriet Hamilton can be reached at (970) 668-4651, or at email@example.com.