Market Days to return this fall

Published 8:04 am Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Downtown Bainbridge Market Days has been taking a hiatus during the summer months, but there are plans to bring it back, organizers say.

The last Market Day, which was held on the first Saturday of each month for most of the year, was held on a rainy day in May. It’s been on hold this summer as organizers re-tool it, but it may be back in August or September, said Amanda Glover, executive director of the Downtown Development Authority.

The new focus of Market Days will be on just fruits and vegetables, excluding the arts and crafts and clothing that has been sold previously.

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The city of Valdosta, Ga., has a popular farmer’s market that sells produce and flowers around its historic courthouse square, Glover said. Thomasville, Ga., has a full-time farmers’ market run by the Georgia Department of Agriculture, which rents out space to local growers.

“There’s nothing wrong with selling arts and crafts, but we just don’t want the items sold at Market Days to compete with what is sold by our permanent downtown merchants,” she said. “We are looking to partner more closely with local farmers to provide produce at the market.”

Glover said she would also like to see the market held in conjunction with eventslike Touch-a-Truck, which gave children the opportunity to get up close and personal with city vehicles, such as police cars and fire trucks, as well as heavy equipment used for road paving and other projects.

“That was a fun event that brought a lot of people downtown,” Glover said. “We are thinking about how we can tie in local growers in with seasonally-themed events. The hope is that in addition to visiting the market, people will also visit other downtown businesses.”

Other fall events and promotions are currently being planned by Glover and Bainbridge Convention and Visitors Bureau Director Adrienne Harrison, including a storefront scarecrow display contest and the always-popular “Pumpkins in the Park.”