Farmers’ market must move, but where?

By Catherine Gabe -

Wanted: a home for the Wellington Farmers’ Market.

The popular market that used to be on the grass in front of the old McCormick Middle School has been displaced due to demolition of the building.

The market, with about 10 vendors, is now looking for green space. The top two candidates are right next to the gazebo on Howk Park and in front of the Eagles, further south on SR 58.

The market is held Fridays throughout the summer, starting in about three months time, said Carol Burke, market manager.

“We’ve grown a lot over the last three years and we’re trying to have all home-grown, homemade or home-baked,” she said. “Vendors are saying they want to be downtown for visibility.”

The plan, eventually, is to have the farmers’ market at the new park, which will be located on the site of the former middle school.

This year the market wants to add a bit of flair with cooking demonstrations using foods available for purchase that same week.

Wellington mayor Hans Schneider could have signed off on a permit allowing the market space at Howk Park. However, he prefers to have the issue discussed when village council meets March 7.

“I don’t want to cut the conversation out of the process,” he said. “I feel obligated to get council’s perspective.”

The farmers’ market would be an exception to the current ordinance, which prohibits sales on green spaces, except for agricultural products.

There is concern, however, about other vendors competing with the market by selling their products at the same time or on other days. Schneider said they will also ask village council for clarification on who can sell goods and where they can be sold.

Catherine Gabe can be reached at 440-647-3171 or @ReporterGabe on Twitter.

By Catherine Gabe