Central Point could get growers market

CENTRAL POINT — City officials are asking would-be shoppers and vendors whether an additional growers market each week in the Rogue Valley would be well attended.

Residents are being asked to take an online survey to determine whether a growers market would be a welcome addition next spring at Pfaff Park or in downtown.

Shelly Brown, parks and recreation support specialist, said the city considered a growers market in Pfaff Park two years ago but were told that vendor participation would be limited by existing markets in Medford, Ashland and Grants Pass.

"We checked out the Medford growers market and the consensus was most of the vendors couldn't do the extra market because they already do all three during the week and wouldn't have time to prepare for another one," Brown said.

Questions on the survey include what day and time the market should be held, what type of vendors should participate and whether Pfaff Park or downtown would be best suited for such an event.

In addition, survey-takers are asked to vote on whether a $5 or $10 fee should be charged to participants.

"We want to know if we have enough vendors and shoppers to support a growers market in Central Point and, if they want one, when and where," Brown said.

The city will accept survey results through year's end and use the results in considering a market for next year.

The survey is available on the city's Web site at www.centralpointoregon.gov, under News & Updates.

Buffy Pollock is a freelance writer living in Medford. E-mail her at buffypollock@juno.com.

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