Farmer's Market plaque posted

Wednesday, July 18, 2007
Photo by Robin Kervin Those present include (left to right): Abigail and Kaylie Hickman, Judy Haynes, Nancy Dawson, 3-Star Agriculture Committee Member Susan Hunter, Tommy Woodard, JECD Director Jamie Stitt, Howard Haislip, Rural Development Area Director Faye Rodgers, Rural Business Area Specialist Susan Shuff, Reese Morris, Thomas Blalock. Jerry Williams is in the background selling corn.

The origin of the Farmer's Market Pavilion began with the Marshall County 3-Star Agriculture Committee.

The committee approached the city via Eddie Fuller with the idea of applying for a grant for funds to build a Farmers Market Pavilion possibly locating it at Rock Creek Park. It would not only benefit the farmers with a prime location to sell their goods, but also provide opportunities for use during the Goat Festival and many other functions.

With the city on board with the idea, Joint Economic and Community Development Board Director Jamie Stitt connected with Lisa Cross of the South Central Tennessee Development District who aided the Ag Committee and the city in the grant writing process with USDA Rural Development.

Rural Development granted $25,000 for the Pavilion, with the city providing for the rest of the remaining expenses.

The presentation Friday was of a sign to be posted inside the Pavilion that states Rural Development's part in funding the project.