Town reconsiders downtown farmers market

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Mount Olive officials are again reviewing the possibilities of building a downtown farmers market.

It would be on the southeast corner of Pollock and South Center streets, and would initially be a seasonal operation.

Town Manager Charles Brown said Wayne and Duplin counties are among others leading the state in produce and establishing a market here would serve not just Mount Olive, but southern Wayne County and north Duplin County.

“Our legislators recognize this and have already pledged their help,” Brown said.

He told the Tribune the estimated cost to construct the facility would be around $150,000.

The town manager said depending upon the availability of funds, the earliest it could be put into operation would be next spring.

“It is in the discussion stage and we have been assured the money is in place, but right now until the state budget is passed everything is being held up,” Brown explained.

He said plans call for construction of the farmers market include a shelter with stalls and utilities and restrooms, along with adequate parking.

“We are ready and just waiting for the funding. I think this is a project that is very much a reality,” Brown said.

He added that discussions have been held with the agriculture department at the University of Mount Olive which would also be involved.

“This would provide a tremendous opportunity for people in the area who grow produce to sell their products. We are pushing this and working with our legislators,” Brown concluded.

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