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Owen Farmers’ Market finds new home

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By Molly Haines

The Owen County Farmers’ Market will have a new home this spring.
The Owen County Farm Bureau received an $82,419-grant for construction of a permanent structure for the market.
When it reopens May 6, the market will be housed under a pavilion located behind Farm Bureau at 430 Roland Ave.
The farmers’ market, which began in 2003, has been located on the Owen Country Courthouse lawn for six of its seven years.
Owen County Farmers’ Market President Jim Bush said night markets, generally held one Friday out of each month, will continue to take place on the courthouse lawn.
According to a 2010 press release from the Kentucky Governor’s Office of Agricultural Policy, the goal of the project is to increase farmers’ participation in the market, as well as provide better access for consumers.
Bush said weather has held up construction on the pavilion.
“It’s a covered building and we just hope it will work,” Bush said. “Farm Bureau got us the money and we’re gonna take a shot at it.”
The pavilion will have electricity, water, bathrooms, a wash station, picnic tables and ample parking.  
Owen County Farm Bureau President and market vendor David Chappell said if the weather would break for about two weeks, the pavilion could be completed by the time the market opens.
Members of the market held a meeting Thursday to discuss the upcoming season.
The market will continue to open at 10 a.m. and will run until vendors sellout.