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Farmers Market officially moving to 1400 Plaza

By TRAVIS WEIK - tweik@thecouriertimes.com

New Castle Mayor Greg York is so excited the Henry County Farmers Market can finally move to 1400 Plaza, he’s telling everyone.

The city will celebrate the move at 8 a.m. Saturday with some fireworks and a balloon release.

Farmers Market Coordinator Emily Farris said the new downtown plaza is a fabulous location for the weekly outdoor market.

“It allows customers to have lots of parking options and ease to access the market,” Farris said. “It allows more space for the market to grow and get more vendors. And it just provides a community atmosphere in supporting all the little shops that are centrally located around the plaza.

“I think it’s a win-win for everybody,” she added.

The Henry County Farmers Market season usually runs through mid-October, depending on the fall weather. Farris said there is plenty of time for people to sign up to become vendors.

“Anything handmade qualifies,” Farris said. “There’s beautiful pottery, there’s jewelry, there’s woodworking. There’s handmade bath product, oils, scarves.... all kinds of things.”

Shoppers can also pick up annual and perennial flowers at the weekly market, along with baked goods.

There is even a vendor who sells all-natural plant food made right here in New Castle.

Interested vendors can contact coordinators Farris and Jeremiah Priest through the market’s Facebook page (www.facebook.com/henrycofarmersmarket).

“Definitely now that we have more space, it would be fabulous for us to fill it all up,” Farris said.

The Henry County Farmers Market is 8 a.m. to noon each Saturday.

This week’s Farmers Market is the first of what the city hopes will be many events taking place in the 1400 Plaza.

“I think programming in that plaza will be very nice,” Farris said.

New Castle Downtown Executive Director Carrie Barrett is excited, too, for 1400 Plaza to become part of the bigger vision for downtown New Castle.

“Our focus in on quality-of-life and beautification improvements,” Barrett said. “The plaza will also attract developers and provide opportunities for the community to come together. It’s a key piece of our downtown.”