Alcorn County plans for second farmers’ market

By Lena Mitchell/NEMS Daily Journal

CORINTH – Alcorn County supervisors on Friday approved an application to the USDA Rural Development Agency to construct a permanent location for a second county farmers’ market site.
Plans are to construct a covered structure on the northwest parking lot of Ayrshire Electronics on Fulton Drive on the county-owned property.
If approved, the rural business enterprise grant will cover the full estimated cost of $102,875 to build the structure, said county engineer Ricky Newcomb, with space to accommodate 20-30 vendors.
A second farmers’ location was added to the longstanding farmers’ market on Shiloh Road, which operates on First Presbyterian Church-owned property. A major church construction project last year decreased available space for the market, and a second site was added.
The second site was first established on county-owned property at Fulton Drive and Tate Street next to the recycling drop-off site. However, the low elevation of the property and its flood risk makes the location ineligible for the USDA grant.
Supervisors and the county extension service have fielded a number of complaints from people who believe the proposed new site for the second market will not attract enough traffic for the growers. However, a vote of growers at a meeting in late February supported proceeding with the new site location.