Archive for Thursday, May 10, 2012

Displaced Lawrence Farmers’ Market vendors find new home at Cottin’s Farmers’ Market

May 10, 2012


In a last-minute change of plans, the Lawrence Farmers’ Market Thursday vendors will sell their produce today after all — just not at their previously planned location.

Produce vendors who expected to be at the market’s former Westside location — the southwest corner of Sixth Street and Wakarusa Drive — have been invited to set up at the Cottin’s Farmers’ Market, which is open from 4 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. today outside the hardware store at 1832 Mass.

Store owner Linda Cottin said she offered the option to produce vendors because they “had things they couldn’t put back in the ground.”

“We have very limited space,” she said. “Everybody’s going to squeeze together.”

Market planners announced late Wednesday that the market had lost its Westside home following an ownership change at the shopping center.

“Our Sixth and Wakarusa location is no longer a viable option,” Pam Bramlett, market coordinator, said in a follow-up email. “We would like to thank the community for offering us so many potential homes, after hearing of our unexpected need to move.”

Many businesses and organizations contacted the market and offered locations with higher visibility than Sixth and Wakarusa, Bramlett said.

“This is going to be a very positive move,” she said.

Organizers said they hoped to announce a new permanent home for the Westside market location soon.


David Holroyd 5 years, 10 months ago

Now is Planning and Development going to make Cottins get a "permanent temporary use" permit like they tried to get Checkers to do?

Checkers had to notify everyone within so many feet, do a stormwater study and a bunch of other b.s.

Let's hope Planning and Development stay out of Cottin's backyard parking!!!

overthemoon 5 years, 10 months ago

Cottins has been doing this for over a year. They probably have worked out whatever they need to have worked out.

Cant_have_it_both_ways 5 years, 10 months ago

I hope each and every one of the vendors has their sales tax stamp displayed like other businesses are required to.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 5 years, 10 months ago

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pace 5 years, 10 months ago

Went to Cotton's farmers market, got the best strawberries, eating them now. Nice mix of venders. Best sights, asparagus, looking good, huge pile of lovely radishes, nice spinach, great mushrooms, ok I bought a pretty rhubarb pie, sweet kids sold me a couple of basil plants, they were charmers, very polite, kids today.

pace 5 years, 10 months ago

I bought some cream at Irwins, on 19th. and Mass. to pour on the strawberries. it was superior, great flavor, fresh taste. Only bad think is the deposit bottle begs me to go back and get another, and another. Heavy cream should be a sometimes for me.

JayhawksandHerd 5 years, 10 months ago

I think you mean Iwig. Either way, they're phenomenal.

pace 5 years, 10 months ago

You are right, and yes, Iwig, Irwin is my friend's cat's name. typo. I make mistake.

Ken Lassman 5 years, 10 months ago

What was the new shopping center owner at 6th and Wakarusa thinking when they deep-sixed the Farmer's Market there? There was plenty of parking space for customers and many were drawn to the shopping center by the market. Oh, well; there's no law against stupidity--some lucky new location is going to benefit from all the new walk-in business from the Farmer's Market instead.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 5 years, 10 months ago

At the very least, they could have given a couple of weeks notice that they would end use of the parking lot.

blogme 5 years, 10 months ago

For God's sake, don't tell the people of 6th and Wakarusa that they don't have high visibility!

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