Petition circulates to bring farmers market to borough
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When Karen Palmer began working to try to bring a farmers market to the Ambler community, she said it came from the fact that there is no place to buy produce in Ambler, let alone locally grown produce.
Working with a group called Farm to City, which unites communities with local farmers and helps provide locally grown food, Palmer said while they are still in the early stages of development, progress is coming along nicely.
Farm to City requires communities interested in farmers markets to provide a business plan as to how the market would work, three possible locations and evidence of public support for a farmers market.
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The survey includes questions about shopping habits and asks if residents would shop at a new store in order to get their produce, she said. It allows Farm to City to see what demographics could become potential clientele and if there really is public interest in a market throughout the community.
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dene Mcdonagle, of Ambler Main Street and owner of the Ambler Flower Shop, said the idea of a farmers market appeals to the whole community. He said while various vendors have popped up in the past offering a simi- lar product, a facility with consistent hours would allow the concept to grow and be different by allowing a personal connection.
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Both Palmer and Mcdonagle said they have seen unoffiFLDO suSSRUW IURP $PEOHU Borough Council, which they said is always supportive of things new and exciting.
“Mary Aversa and council are super supporters,” Mcdonagle said.
While the three possible locations for the market have been chosen, Palmer said she wants to wait until she hears from Farm to City beIRUH PDNLnJ Dny RIfiFLDO Dnnouncements. For now, she expects to have a decision from Farm to City by the beginning of kovember.
To sign the petition and beFRPH LnvROvHG Ln WKH SURMHFW, visit http://www.ipetitions. com/petition/amblerfarmersmarket.