Pe­ti­tion cir­cu­lates to bring farm­ers mar­ket to bor­ough

The Ambler Gazette - - POLICEREPORTS - By Eric Devlin

io­cal or­ga­niz­ers are work­ing hard to try to bring a farm­ers mar­ket to the Ambler community, and sup­port EHKLnG WKH SURMHFW KDs JURwn so quickly, the fruits of their la­bor may be be­gin­ning to blos­som.

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.

Palmer said the team be- KLnG WKH SURMHFW EHJDn Dn Rn­line pe­ti­tion and sur­vey to see if it could gen­er­ate in­ter­est in WKH SURMHFW DnG WKH UHsSRnsH has been over­whelm­ing.

The pe­ti­tion has more than 300 sig­na­tures and 80 per­cent of the sig­na­tures have a com­ment at­tached sup­port­ing the SURMHFW, wKLFK 3DOPHU sDLG Ls “re­ally very cool.”

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.

One high­light of the marNHW wRuOG sHH sSHFL­fiF IDUPers sell­ing their crops ev­ery week, ac­cord­ing to Palmer. This of­fers a pre­dictabil­ity fac­tor for cus­tomers who will know who will be there and when they will be there.

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.

Right now, Mc­dona­gle said he hopes to ob­tain grant money or money due to endorsements from var­i­ous nRnSUR­fiW RUJDnLzDWLRns Ds D way of show­ing how com­mit­ted the bor­ough is in seeLnJ WKLs SURMHFW EHFRPH D re­al­ity.

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.

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