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Boone Street Market nears goal

Eastman Credit Union donated $5,000 to the Boone Street Market capital campaign last Wednesday, leaving the market with only 5 percent more to reach its goal.
“We really thought it was out there. It seemed like a big number,” Executive Director Karen Childress said of the $78,500 campaign goal. “I knew we would have support, but didn’t know how far it would go.”
The Boone Street Market is planned and managed by Jonesborough Locally Grown.
Childress said last week’s donation helped them reach 95 percent of their goal and, with requests still out in the community to make a donation, she is confident they will achieve that final amount.
“We can taste it,” Childress said.
The donations have been made by individuals,community groups, local businesses, the Town of Jonesborough, and the Washington County Commission, which recently allocated $10,000.
Members from the Jonesborough Locally Grown board of directors attended the check presentation at Eastman Credit Union on April 2, as well as some of the vendors of the market. The donation from Eastman Credit Union is the largest corporate donation as of last week.
Mayor Kelly Wolfe, who also made an appearance, said Eastman Credit Union is a fantastic corporate sponsor for the market. He said without partners like the credit union, Jonesborough could not accomplish things of that nature.
Eastman Credit Union CEO Olan Jones said the Boone Street Market seems to be the biggest game in town, and he is really excited about what can happen. The donation was provided, he said, because credit union officials really believe they need to support the community and improve the quality of life not only of its members, but the town as well.
Since the Boone Street Market will enhance the quality of life, Jones said, it was a signal for them to support the market. He added that the great location and the highly motivated involvement from from the community further leads Eastman Credit Union to want to support the market’s efforts.
“I always like to see volunteer effort,” Jones said.
The Boone Street Market, located in what used to be the Exxon gas station on the corner of Main and Boone streets, has been cleared out inside, according to Childress. She said the next step is to begin demolition, so they can get the facility ready for the market.
“It can begin at any time,” Childress said of the demolition. “They have the green light to begin the work.”
The opening of Boone Street Market has been tentatively set for the middle of this summer.
That time frame has been targeted, Childress said, because that is when the most produce is available.
The market will be open year-round, six days a week.
The regular Saturday Farmers Market will kick off on Saturday, May 3, from 8 a.m. to noon.
“We have a full roster of vendors signed up again,” Childress said.