According to Cosmo, one of Huntsville’s favorite pups, spring is coming early this year. As warmer temps and sunshiney days draw closer, we’re getting more and more excited for local farmers markets.
One such market is about to undergo some big changes. Here’s what you need to know about Athens Farmers Market’s plan for the coming seasons.
Athens Farmers Market has big plans for the next two years
One of the most central features of historic Athens Main Street is the farmers market. Locals swarm to the Athens Farmers Market to get local produce, meat, flowers, prepared food, canned goods and artisan items.
The existing pavilion, which has been sheltering shoppers for over 40 years, is about to get a major upgrade and expansion.
The Limestone County Commission has supported Athens Main Street in their plans for the market, which include the following:
- Local art
- A new entertainment pavilion
- Colorful sunshades
- A new roof and fresh paint for the existing pavilion
- Landscaping upgrades with more trees and indigenous plants
- New multi-use areas
- New vendors tables
- Large fans
- Handicap-accessible restrooms
The upgrades and expansions will allow the facility to host community and youth events besides the regular market.
You can expect to see changes this upcoming market season
All in all, this project is expected to cost $130,000 and be completed in December of 2024. It will be called the Athens Farmers Market at Doug Gates Park in memory of Doug Gates, a community servant who contributed $12,000 toward the project.
We won’t have to wait until the end of next year to see progress, though. The phased implementation starts with upgrades to the existing pavilion, which are set to be complete by May of this year (just in time for market season!).
The entertainment pavilion is set to open the following May, and the entirety of the project is set to be complete by December of 2024.
Here’s where you can find Athens Farmers Market!
- Location: 409 W Green St, Athens, AL 35611
- Schedule: Tuesdays, 7AM-12PM, May-September and Saturdays, 8AM-12PM June-August
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