Pavilion Grand Opening

By April 7, 2016Uncategorized

DowntownGrowing Together!

The long-awaited Pavilion at Founders Park will officially open April 16 during a ribbon-cutting ceremony dubbed “Downtown Growing Together!” The event will run from 10 a.m. to noon.

“We hope that all the city commissioners will be there as well as the members of the Johnson City Development Authority who approved that project,” said Dianna Cantler, downtown development manager for the Washington County Economic Development Council. “We’ll do a dedication and ribbon-cutting (ceremony) and we’ll have activities for kids.

A ”Meet The Farmer“ event will also offer attendees the chance to meet agriculturalists who grow the produce that will be sold at the new Johnson City Farmer’s Market location.

”So often we come to the farmer’s market and don’t have time to really talk with the farmers,“ Cantler said. ”I think people are interested in where their farms are and what it is they plant.“

Heather Shipley, a Johnson City Farmer’s Market vendor for over 10 years, said the farmers who attend are encouraged to bring photographs of their farms and produce.

 ”This gives a connection between the seller and buyer. Hopefully the vendors will bring a picture of what they do and what they sell. It will give them an idea of the selection they’re providing,“ Shipley said.

Cantler said the event will also allow an opportunity for attendees to request certain foods from farmers.

”I want people to get the chance to spend a few minutes talking to the farmers, so they can better serve them,“ Cantler said. ”It’s not only farmers, it’s also folks who do crafts, make soaps and things like that.’’

Shipley said it will be nice for vendors to now have cover, lighting and a bathroom at the new location.

She said the Pavilion at Founders Park won’t fit as many vendors as the former site, but some vendors can use the adjacent 100-space parking lot if needed.

The $2 million pavilion was completed in December after breaking ground in February 2015.

Reservation fees proposed to the City Commission were $300 for a half day and $450 for a full day. The farmer’s market organization will have guaranteed reservations on Wednesdays and Saturdays during harvesting season.

Kids will have the chance to plant their own vegetable during the event and take it home with them to watch it grow. A children’s photo booth, touch a tractor and other activities will also be set up.

Vendors interested in Meet The Farmer can visit www.johnsoncityfarmersmarket.com.

The first Johnson City Farmer’s Market will take place April 23 from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.

 Zach Vance at zvance@johnsoncitypress.com.