Albion Merchants want to bring farmers market to downtown Albion

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 1 March 2021 at 9:07 am

File photo by Tom Rivers: Dennis Stymus looks over his display of vegetables on Oct. 27, 2014 at the former Orleans County Farmers Market, which was located at the Save-A-Lot parking lot. That market was in operation for 10 years before closing in 2014.

ALBION – The Albion Merchants Association is proposing to bring a farmers market back to Albion.

A market operated on Saturdays at the Save-A-Lot parking lot on Route 31 until 2014. The Merchants Association wants to bring the market to downtown Albion on Sundays.

The Merchants Association filed a special events permit with the village, seeking to run a farmers market on Sundays from June 13 to Oct. 17 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Merchants want to use the village-owned lot at 19 North Main Street. This is the space next to the First Presbyterian Church.

In the application, the Merchants said the market would include vendor tents, food trucks and possibly music.

“I think it’s a great idea,” Mayor Eileen Banker said during last week’s Village Board meeting. “I would encourage that.”

The board wants to check with the Presbyterian Church to see if the congregation has concerns about any music from the market and possibly set a timeframe for when there shouldn’t be music at the market so it doesn’t interfere with the church service.

The village also wants to hear from the church leaders if the parking lot is used by the congregation on Sundays.

Interested vendors can email for more information.