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Market gets ready for new season

With a new chair for its executive board and a new season on the horizon, Jonesborough Locally Grown supporters believe their farmers market may be poised for its best season yet.
“Our projects are the Farmers Market and the new Boone Street store, and whatever else comes along,” said Executive Director Karen Childress.
It is, she believes, going to be a great year.
An umbrella non-profit organization designed to coordinate the endeavors of both the downtown seasonal market, in operation since 2008, and the proposed year-round Boone Street Market, Jonesborough Locally Grown was developed last year when organizers began looking at the possibility of the year-round retail store, Childress said.
So far, she said, plans for that store — which will be located in the old Exxon Station building on Boone Street — are moving along at a rapid pace, with grants in the works and donations already coming in.
“The Boone Street Market will be made to complement, not compete with our already established Farmers Market,” Childress said.
“We’ve begun fundraising,” she added. “We’re researching growers to fill the store with local products.
“People are beginning to believe in us.”
Childress is also pleased with the executive board’s new chair, Dana York. York, a Washington County native recenlty returned to the area after retiring from the USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service after a 34-year career with the agency.
“I’ve worked in agriculture my whole career,” said York, who is looking forward to her time on the board. “My goal is always to find a way to add value to what farmers do. If we could help young farmers stay in business, to me that’s the hard part.”
Small markets like the downtown Farmers Market and the Boone Street Market may hold the key, she believes.
Jonesborough’s Farmers Market is scheduled to open on May 3. The Boone Street Market is tentativley slated for a summer 2014 opening.