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Would you like to see Lawrence Farmers Market stands set up along the city streets?

Asked at Massachusetts Street on September 10, 2004

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Photo of Andrea Albrecht

“That would be great. It would be nice to have more accessible fresh produce.”

Photo of Julie Trowbridge

“I think that would be a great idea, any way to expand it. They could draw in more people.”

Photo of Nadereh Nasseri

“Definitely. I want to see more people have a chance to participate in the Farmers Market. People shouldn’t be limited because of space.”

Photo of Diana Johnson

“I would like to. We wouldn’t have to wait for certain days or hours to get fresh produce.”


Brian Sandefur 13 years, 7 months ago

Rarrrrrrrrrrrrrrr. Wasn't trying to push your buttons if I did. Just stating my opinion.

italianprincess 13 years, 7 months ago

O My Reader and the words you have used here ( LOL ).

My mom lives in North Lawrence and no she doesn't have a garden growing in her backyard.

They do need to build a grocery store over there and why not theres plenty of room at the old Tanger Mall for one.

jonas 13 years, 7 months ago

consumer1: Perhaps, through some genetic mutation or radiation treatment, she IS black and white.

Savage 13 years, 7 months ago

I see freak posts above! Yeah... lets close the streets and ban meat too. ha ha ha

doc 13 years, 7 months ago

Closing Vermont Street is a great idea.

Hi_Jinks 13 years, 7 months ago

First of all.....Lulu, do me a favor.......Pull my finger........Okay!.........Thank you, Lulu!

The other thing I wanted to say is that Andrea (pictured above) may very well be on to something.......The concept of "greater accessibility to fresh produce". know, that sounds like a "platform" idea to me.......Universal health care coverage ALONG WITH GREATER ACCESSIBILITY TO FRESH PRODUCE! I know that the Republicans aren't too crazy about the idea of government/universal health care coverage for one and all....However, I do believe that the concept/idea of "greater accessibility to fresh produce" just might be the ticket that could get John Kerry elected. John Kerry, are you listening?

mrcairo 13 years, 7 months ago

I'd like to see like 1/4 of a block dedicated to a farmers market. I mean an indoor/outdoor affair with baked goods from WheatFields, a Coffee Cafe, Wireless Access, the whole 9 yards. Arts/Crafts, hippie beads, pottery, hand-stitched clothing, everything.

Well everything except hocus-pocus natural arts stuff like crystals and hands-healing and all that non-sense. And you'd have to police the homeless bunch and drunks but they're easy to spot and easy to dispatch.

I'd also like to see Mass. shut down and have an open-air outdoor street fair. Food, Music, Parade, Fun. Not just on Saint Pattys Day or for Xmas, I mean all damn day just for the hell of it. Say the third Saturday in September, not too hot, not too cold... what say? Imagine a fundraiser selling sidewalk squares to people who do chalk-art on their square and judging for a prize, with the money raised going to some good cause. Let's do it...

Bryan Wilcox 13 years, 7 months ago

I bet Kerry & Edwards enjoy a tasty steak every now and then, and so do I. Cow's are meant to be eaten Lulu, if they weren't then why do they taste so good?

Lulu 13 years, 7 months ago

Of course it will be a wonderful thing to have the farmer's market on the street, but only if it is of the vegetable foodstuff. They should only promote expansion of the all natural variety of vegetables serving to benefit all of mankind and promote a meatless society. Act locally and think globally. It will only help promote the vegetable as the main food source, so defenseless animals will stop being led to slaughter.

They should have more people cooking and serving the wonderful vegetable food dishes on the street. Closing the street also promotes less automobile traffic helping to curb the use of the fossil fuel that damages the atmosphere. If mankind would only stop with the use of meat products and oil. It benefits only the Shrub and his henchmen getting fat off the war.

Kerry and Edwards will help us all in prmoting the use of alternative energy sources. It's time for regime change NOW!

craigers 13 years, 7 months ago

I think that would be a great idea to expand the market to the streets, but that might end up being a little dangerous, so I agree that the I-70 Business Center would be a great place to put it. That way everything would be available year round. I just remember going to the Farmer's Market and getting the best sausage biscuits(pork meat-mmmm), coffee cake, and even some crescent rolls, which are so much better than pillsbury. The Farmer's Market is even getting so big that they have hired entertainment. The Prairie Acre Band plays bluegrass down there on regular occasions now and they are great. It is such a great atmosphere to enjoy in the morning. As far as the poor defenseless animals being led to slaughter, bring on some more. Those split-hooved animals taste wonderful and that is what they were put on earth for, to eat, not for companionship.

Fishman 13 years, 7 months ago

I was just in Aspen, Colorado at their Saturday Farmers Market. They close off two blocks in the shape of an L. If here it would be the block on Vermont they are talking about, and one either towards the east or the west. They don't have the parking lot that Lawrence has to use. Everything must be from Colorado at their market. Out of curiosity, it might be worth seeing what other cities have done when they needed to expand their markets. I'd love having fresh produce year around. I love fresh vegetables, and fruit, but the stores here SUCK as far as fresh is concerned. It's just the nature of the beast, since truly fresh has a short shelf life. I love it downtown for sure, but if it had to be moved to be year round, that would be something to consider. Fishman

mr_daniels 13 years, 7 months ago

Ah yes, food, things to eat! My wife, mrs_daniels would be delighted to spend time and money well spent on any street at the "farmer's market". Nothing like fresh produce to help accentuate that perfect beef barbecue with family and friends on a beautiful Fall Sunday! Ah yes!

Reader 13 years, 7 months ago

To Bad The "City Of Lawrence" Isn't Smart Enough To Relocate "The Farmers Market" To North Lawrence. They Have That Huge "I-70 Business Center" Parking Lot Just Going To Waste. What An Ideal Spot That Would Be. Access To Restrooms, Room For A Cafe. It Had A Few Once, And A Local "ATM" Machine, (BTW, The ONLY Bank In North Lawrence!) Lots Of Parking, "WITH NO PARKING TICKETS". If It Went All Year Long, Vendors Could Set Up Shop In All Those Vacant Store Fronts. And It Just Seems Really Stupid For Them To Close Vermont Street, Especially On The Weekends, What Happens When The Football Games Are In Town, Or Any Other "South Park" Event. Downtown Is Congested Enough, Without Adding To The Problem. Just Think Of All The People Passing Though, Maybe Just To Take A Break From A Long "I-70" Trip. I'm Sure If It Was Located In "North Lawrence" People Would Go! Look What They Done To The "Basketball Tickets"! They're Still Being Bought!!

Brian Sandefur 13 years, 7 months ago

Does anyone else think that Lulu HAS TO BE a troll? She/he can't be serious. Once again, her post reads like a bunch of bumper stickers strung together. Nice.

Although I did hear that Kerry would try to pass a law mandating vegetarianism. Regime change now!

jonas 13 years, 7 months ago

Ultimate175: It's a theory I've been espousing for some time now. I was going to do a poll yesterday, but decided not to in the midst of the war discussion. I think Lulu's a troll, or someone's satire of a liberal. However, on the other hand, I have met people who actually think that way (I had some friends at the sunflower house commune at one point, and I study at Henry's downtown, both havens for liberal conspiricists) so I concede it's possible that she is serious. But I doubt it.

Bryan Wilcox 13 years, 7 months ago


I never said I didn't like you, I was just having a little fun.. Can't you take a joke? Hell, I'm even a pretty hardcore Kerry/Edwards supporter.

jonas 13 years, 7 months ago

Lulu: You're free to speak your mind, if that's what you're doing, and we're free to mock your insanely impractical views. If it offends you to hear that, then you might take your own advice and not read the responses, because you're not going to get anything but criticism, because your views are, if they are really what you believe, utter lunacy.

Lulu 13 years, 7 months ago

I do not know why everyone on here doesn't like me. I speak the truth and I speak my mind. If you don't like what I say, the solution is very easy. DON'T READ ME!!! I am all in favor of a larger farmer's market. It makes totl cense, that we can all agree on. Lighten up everyone. I do my best to help humanity and animality.

whirlingheart 13 years, 7 months ago

I haven't ventured out to the Farmer's Market on Vermont for a while now simply because it seems less accessible than it should be - not as inviting (and I live on Vermont street!). It could be bigger and much better in my opinion, using local vendors of course, and I wouldn't mind closing Mass or parts of it considering it's become a massive constipation-clog street on many days. The Market on Mass would add even more character and interest to our already colorful town. The I-70 complex area doesn't interest me at all, considering we'd be right there near the highway, next to a strip mall, and near little to no shade (not a pretty sight if you ask me). And let's leave Lulu alone :-)

Reader 13 years, 7 months ago

To "whirlingheart". The Hell With LuLu. It's People Like You, That "North Lawrence" Doesn't Get The Reconqniton It Deserves. Remember, The "City Of Lawrence" Approved The Building Of The Once "Tanger Mall", I Bet You Even Went There (Because Everyone Else Did) Until You Found Out How Overly Priced It Was For Even What They Called An "Outlet" Mall. Yes, The Highway Is Near By, (But Not As Much Noise As You Would Think). What Did You Think The "Tanger Mall" Was? Just 'Another Name' For A 'Strip Mall'. That's What "Downtown Lawrence" Is, It's Just Another Name For It. And Unless Your Going To Spend The "Whole" Day There, There Is No More Shade Than There Is Downtown. (Carry Your Umbrella) The "City" Can Spend Millions Of Dollars On Roads, Curbs, And Round-A-Bouts, But Won't Spend One Thin Dime To Help The Community Of "The North Side Of Town". With A Little Effert, They Could Redo Everything In The "I-70" Business Center. Pulling Out Those Ugly Trees For One. Maybe Replacing Them With Some Nice Maple Trees, Would That Be Enough "Color" For You? This Could Be The Only Chance They Have Any Kind Of A Grocery Store, If You Know What I Mean?

Carmenilla 13 years, 7 months ago

I think Reader (see above) may be the new e.e. cummings. I also thnk that the Farmer's Market is a wonderful part of Lawrence. If they give it a little more space than good. I would love for the local farmers to make more money and get more exposure.

Hi_Jinks 13 years, 7 months ago

I have to agree with Reader on this one. Lets face it everyone, the north end of Lawrence (just across the beautiful Kansas River), is pretty much the "ugly red-headed stepchild" of Lawrence. Why not relocate the Farmers Market to that neck of the woods?? It is still a (neglected) part of Lawrence, ya know! And Reader's right about Mass. St. being nothing more than a strip mall disguised as a "quaint, middle-America Main St". Most people don't spend the whole day there "taking in the sights"...and you all know it!! Has anyone here ever been to Boulder, Colorado?? If anyone has, then you are probably familiar with its "Pearl St. Mall". Now that mall is truly designed for browsing/spending the entire afternoon sitting outdoors, eating and taking in the sights. Mass. St. isn't Pearl St.!!...So let's not kid ourselves. Mass. St already has its "character" (however real or imagined), so why not let another part of Lawrence go about improving its "character"? Why should the downtown area get all of the good stuff and attract all of the positive attention? I think north Lawrence deserves better.

Brian Sandefur 13 years, 7 months ago

I think downtown is the place for something like the Farmer's Market, and other "good stuff" because the city is rightly concerned with maintaining the appeal of the core of Lawrence. Also, as a downtown resident, I know a lot of people really appreciate the fact that downtown is a walkable community. And part of the charm and utility of a Farmer's Market is that it's within walking distance of such a core community.

italianprincess 13 years, 7 months ago

I also have to agree with Reader on this one here.

Having the Farmers Market at the old Tanger Mall would be a great place. Its in a percect location and its right off the I-70 for all to see who happen to come into Lawrence.

My mom lives in a great neighborhood on the North side and the mall itself is not being used for much anyway. Everything is built towards the West and the North is being neglected. The mall is there and needs to be active and I'm sure people would venture that way if the market was moved there.

Have a fantastic weekend........

Joi 13 years, 7 months ago

I've been lurking for some time but would like to comment on the vegetarian issue .. I was playing with the idea of trying it - actually succeeded for several months - until I joined an online group that promoted that lifestyle. Sorry but those people are nuts! It turned me off of it completely and I went running back to my hamburger. The main post that fried me was the whole issue of an egg (no pun intended). I casually mentioned that I raise chickens only for the fresh eggs. Someone went OFF and said you are eating unborn chicks!!! and on and on. These people did not realize that there is a difference between fertilized and unfertilized eggs! I had no rooster in the flock and had stated that before. Even though I tried to explain it again, they still didn't get it.. You are eating unborn chicks!!! Sorry just had to share..

Hi_Jinks 13 years, 7 months ago

Okay, ultimate175.....your idea is better than mine. I guess people can carry around their brown bags full of tomatoes and squash while they take in the "charm" and "walkableness" of the Mass. St. area. Fine!

italianprincess 13 years, 7 months ago

North Lawrence, North Lawrence, Rah, Rah, Rah!!!!!!!!

Just had to toss this one in here because its a bit empty over there at the deserted mall.

Hi_Jinks 13 years, 7 months ago

What do have against the north end of town, ultimate? As I stated earlier, it is a part of Lawrence. You say you live in the Mass. St. area? Okay.....So......What?....... Your part of town is a better fit for something such as a Farmer's Market? Why do "northenders" have to come down your way to buy fresh veggies?----Why don't you travel up to the north part of town to buy yours?

Brian Sandefur 13 years, 7 months ago

I don't have anything against the north end of town jinks. Yes, I think downtown is a better fit, and you think the north side is a better fit, but I'm not flaming you for it. Chill out.

Hi_Jinks 13 years, 7 months ago

Alright, man....I'm chillin'. We agree to disagree. Have a good weekend. (Seriously) Have a good weekend everyone!!

lunacydetector 13 years, 7 months ago

maybe north lawrence, east lawrence, west lawrence and south lawrence could separate and become different cities. then downtown lawrence could 'truly' be called the 'heart of the city.' wonder what kind of ramifications this would cause. north lawrence, east lawrence and downtown would dry up, and west lawrence and south lawrence could finally thrive. of course k.u. would be sitting dead center and they could deal with paying for all the wear and tear their students cause in the other areas of town. toll roads with check points could be set up, just like ku has at its entrances and people would have to buy a pass to enter a particular part of town. a downtown patrol could handle the vagrant issue. the homeless could live in the marriott and the farmer's market could encompass vermont street for all the walking or bike riding, car-less freaky vegeterians out there.

Reader 13 years, 7 months ago

Here's One For Consumer1, What An Idiot! If "folks" In "North Larry" Grew Their Own "Fresh Veggies", Why Do They Plead So Much For "One" Just "One" Grocery Store? Maybe You Could Go Over There And Get A Good Bargain On A Cucumber To Replace The One You Have Shoved So Far Up Your *** You Can't See Anything Beyond Downtown. And Maybe You Could Recommend Them To Some Of Your "Downtown Lahwrance" Friends. BTW, The "City Of Lawrence" Will Do As They've Always Done. Catering To The Ones Who Sit On The Board Of The "Farmers Maket" (As They Do With Everyone Who Sits On A Board) Because They All Probably Have Booths Of Their Own! Everyone On The City Comission Has At Least One Finger In Something Somewhere. Just Like The Million Dollar Homes That Are "Coming Soon"! Nobody's Really Said "Who Is Going To Move In There?" Oh Yeah! Come Over And See How Much "Yard" They Get For 175K Before Property Tax. Only Enough Room To Grow That "One Fresh Veggie" You've Been Looking For!

Richard Heckler 13 years, 7 months ago

Downtown Farmers Market - Close off one block(800 block) and go for it. Excellent idea. Yes to more flowers,food and music.

mdecoste 13 years, 7 months ago

I think closing off the street is a bad idea, but agree that maybe the I-70 business center would be a good choice. But the downtown area would lose out, and I don't know if they would go for that. The idea of closing the street may be good for the Farmer's Market, but what about the other business owners on the street. Capital Federal might really be in even a worse traffic situation than it already is.

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