Wanted: One big parking lot in Lexington to use on weekends.
The Bluegrass Farmers Market has lost the lease on the Richmond Road lot that it has used for the past eight years, market spokeswoman Karin Rasmussen said.
The market, which sells Kentucky-grown vegetables, fruits, meats, honey and more, has to find a new spot before the season opens April 18, she said.
The space needs to be zoned for business and big enough for at least 25 farmers plus parking for customers from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays, Rasmussen said.
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"We'd like to stay in the Richmond Road corridor," she said. "We bring customers in to any place we are in, if stores are open. ... It's a shame to lose our big spot. And we've got four or five new farmers waiting to come on board. Our farmers work very hard, and our customers appreciate us."
The market has a site at Azur Restaurant in Beaumont Centre, but the space isn't big enough to accommodate everyone, she said.
A search committee has been formed to evaluate potential sites and has looked at several, but nothing has come together yet. Folks with potential locations can contact the market at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bluegrass Farmers Market is separate from the Lexington Farmers Market, which sets up downtown on Saturdays and at various other locations during the growing season, including on Southland Drive and at the corner of Maxwell Street and South Broadway. The difference is that those who sell at the Bluegrass Farmers Market are all members of the Kentucky Proud program and sell only locally grown produce.
Rasmussen said Lexington is big enough to support more than one farmers market.
"We have a steady customer base," she said. "We'd like to find a bigger place; we'd like to grow."