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Safety fencing around Old Courthouse forces some Farmers Market vendors to move

Overall scene of Farmers Market, photographed on Saturday, July 10, 2010 overlooking Cheapside Park in Lexington, Ky.
Overall scene of Farmers Market, photographed on Saturday, July 10, 2010 overlooking Cheapside Park in Lexington, Ky. Herald-Leader

The location of some stands at the Lexington Farmers Market will be different this Saturday because of new fencing around the old courthouse.

The fencing, put up as a safety measure because of the courthouse's deteriorating condition, will cause a row of Farmers Market merchants along Short Street to be moved elsewhere in the market.

"It will be somewhat disruptive for us to have to move," said Roland McIntosh, owner of Paw Paw Plantation. "Our customers are used to coming where we are. ... Whether they have enough wherewithal to find us, we'll find out."

Mark Henkle, who with his wife, Velvet, runs Henkle's Herbs and Heirlooms, called the stretch of Short Street from which his business is being moved "a nice little corridor that's away from the maelstrom, the chaos that happens in the pavilion."

"But we don't have it any more, so we'll have to adapt," Henkle said.

Said McIntosh: "We always laughingly said that's where everybody came to get the good stuff."

The Fifth Third pavilion, which runs between Main and Short streets, is the main location of the Saturday market.

About 11 booths will be moved because of the fencing. Most will move closer to the intersection of West Short and North Mill streets. Others will be dispersed throughout the market. To findthe vendors' new sites, go to Bit.ly/1z6IZTE.

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