Extended Hours Planned for Downtown Farmers' Market

By: Cathleen Moxley Email
By: Cathleen Moxley Email

The city of Parkersburg is working to bring more business to the downtown farmers' market.

By extending the hours on some upcoming dates, vendors hope to give those who don't have time during regular hours an opportunity to stop by.

During this time, people can catch some live entertainment, cooking demonstrations and family activities like pumpkin painting.

"We talk to some folks who come by and they say 'we didn't even know you had any hours. We didn't even know you were down here.' So, we really wanna get some more exposure to let them know that there are some fresh, healthy foods down here, and it's a good activity I think for families to come to," Rickie Yeager, city planning administrator, said.

Yeager says if all goes well, vendors may have the option of having longer hours next year.

This year's extended hours are set for this Thursday from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., and Friday, October 2 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

There will also be a costume contest the evening of October 2. Participants can register at the information booth until 5:30 p.m.

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  • by anon on Sep 25, 2009 at 07:27 AM
    I have to disagree with Andrea - the street is NOT a one way street! But when that huge truck parks at the meters he makes it a one way! Any other individual would receive a ticket - but not him. Just because he has the paper on his dash saying he's a vendor at the Market should not give him exceptions to parking there. If you don't fit in the space provided, move your vehicle. You are going to cause a huge accident.
  • by Andrea Location: Parkersburg on Sep 24, 2009 at 10:34 AM
    I am a vendor at the market and we do not get free parking. We all paid a fee to participate. When we park in the lot behind the market that is owned and operated by the county we have to pay. Please don't boycott the market. It is something we all want to succeed. There has been a lot invested into this and it can become a wonderful thing for the city. Also, you shouldn't complain about the truck sticking out. That is a ONE way street. One the comments about being open more and at different times is what tonight is all about. Everyone is trying to make it the best is can be for us and you.
  • by Joe Location: Pburg on Sep 24, 2009 at 09:09 AM
    Finally a real option to shop locally for food products.
  • by anonymous Location: parkersburg on Sep 24, 2009 at 03:37 AM
    Many who work downtown boycott the market because the vendors are given free parking and take parking spaces from those who work and have to pay to park there. One huge truck in particular sticks out so far a two lane road becomes one lane. Not safe. Why not just open the farmers market in the evening when working folks from all over can get to it?
  • by Susan Location: Vienna on Sep 23, 2009 at 04:38 PM
    I for one have been disappointed. That tent is there seven days a week, 24 hours a day, and all we get is a farmers market for 8 hours a week. What in the world were they thinking? Seriously, why not let them set up when ever they want? What requires this level of "Supervision" if you can call having a few city employees hanging out for a couple of ours each day.
  • by Anonymous on Sep 23, 2009 at 09:46 AM
    finally those who dont work at public dept can go. always thought it was screwy to only open a couple hours in middle of day when most everyone is working outside the downtown area
  • by Steve Location: Wood County on Sep 23, 2009 at 07:59 AM
    It's about time!!! They should have had extended hours all along. Not much fresh fruits and vegs. left now that it's late September. Should like they need some help from Walmart as to how to market a business. If you want more business, you stay open longer so more people can shop. It's not rocket science, it's simple business.
  • by April Location: Parkersburg on Sep 23, 2009 at 07:49 AM
    I never did understand why they shut down before people got off work to go.
  • by Meg Location: Parkersburg on Sep 22, 2009 at 10:15 PM
    After all this time of **wanting** to go, I can finally GET to go.
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