Aberdeen pursues regularly scheduled Farmer’s Market

ABERDEEN – A small group of retirees on Feb. 11 voiced opinions, ideas and questions as far as bettering Aberdeen and securing its future in part two of Mayor Cecil Belle’s retiree town hall series.
Among suggestions of pursuing a Rails to Trails project and an antique show, the one suggestion at the forefront of an upcoming reality is the implementation of a farmer’s market.
“The issue is going in front of the board of aldermen March 5. We already have peddlers all over town already, but if we provide a centralized location, it would be more convenient for the consumer and help focus on the local farmers,” Belle said three days after the town hall meeting.
The time in between gave him the chance to meet with Mississippi State Extension agriculture economics professor Albert Myles and retiree David Howell, who pushed for the idea.
Myles plans to invite two more MSU professors to bring forth information pertaining to other cities’ farmer’s markets. According to Myles, Aberdeen would need by-laws controlling what comes into the city limits and that vendor permits would be required.
He also suggested choosing a day of the week that doesn’t conflict with the neighboring cities’ farmer’s markets.
The farmer’s market discussion, along with other possible projects like the Healthy Hometown and Keep Aberdeen Beautiful initiatives, will next be discussed at the Feb. 27 retiree town hall meeting in City Hall at 5:30 p.m.
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