The Yancey County Farmers’ Market, is “movin’ on up”! After over ten years in the gravel parking lot behind the Burnsville Town Center, the market is moving up the hill to the paved parking lot near “Menagerie” (the old post office lot) on the Square.
Burnsville Mayor Theresa Coletta said she feels the new location will allow the market to expand its size and accessibility, as well as being closer to the town square and downtown businesses. “I’m confident this move will benefit both the market and the town, and we are pleased to participate in the relocation of the market.
Market president Robert Thompson echoed Mayor Coletta’s enthusiasm. “We’re not moving very far,” he said, “but we’re getting more space and a hard surface which will be more accommodating to market visitors and vendors alike.” Thompson said the increased space will allow for more special events, especially cooking demonstrations utilizing locally grown produce.
The market is planning on increased signage to direct visitors to the new location. In addition, stairs will be built connecting the gravel parking lot to the market site, providing ample parking at either end of the market.
The Farmers’ Market will open for the season on Saturday, April 16. Market hours are 8:30 am to 12:30 pm on Saturdays, and the market runs from April through mid-December.