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Organizers pitch revival for downtown farmers market

Photo by J.D. Sumner

Photo by J.D. Sumner

ALBANY, Ga.: Fresh fruits and vegetables could be headed back downtown as part of a push by the downtown manager's office and the Southwest Georgia Community Food Alliance.

Monday, Downtown Manager Aaron Blair and SWGA Community Food Alliance Chairman David Milliner asked the Dougherty County Commission for approval to use part of the west parking deck to host a downtown farmer's market.

Three years ago, a similar push was undertaken and fizzled after only a few months.

Milliner and Blair told commissioners they believe they have learned from previous attempts and think its a viable move for downtown.

"This is going to be a very upscale event. It's also going to be tailored to families, to make sure we are doing all the things that we possibly could to make sure Southwest Georgia is growing and downtown Albany is definitely growing with it," MIlliner said.

Current plans are to host the market for 25 Saturdays starting May 28th, Milliner said. It will be part of a network of farmer's markets the alliance is trying to put together throughout the 22-county area it serves, Milliner said.

"We're very passionate about the endeavor and at the same time we want to make sure that we're putting Southwest Georgia to work and creating jobs in rural America" Milliner said.

Commissioners seemed genuinely pleased with the push to add another element to downtown, which has seen some growth in the past few months as new businesses have announced plans to open or relocate to the area.