The premise of an Ansonia Farmers’ Market is not a new one but, after
some earnest thought and projection, it turns out to be a viable considerationfor Ansonia. Since embracing the City Center Plan as a guide for rejuvenatingour Downtown, EDC initiatives are developed using this template. Ideas arenow seriously explored for their potential and ultimately, finally acted on.
This Farmers’ Market initiative has been
crafted with consideration for thecriteria and suggestions described in City Center Plan as well as the goals andobjectives we consider in EDC.
The addition of a Farmers’ Market affords us the opportunity to take a
relatively low use and sparse location and transform it into a vibrant andenticing destination for Downtown. In lieu of a fee to participate, our growershave agreed to contribute seasonal landscaping help in the beautification of
the Market and surrounding area. This “foliage in lieu
of fee” request will also
be presented to any out-of-town guests invited to join our Market in thefuture.The placement of street benches and art are also being considered forthe area. In addition, this Market may very well be incentive to dressing up the
flood wall since it now becomes the backdrop for the Farmers’ Market.
All in all, this Farmers’ Market and its location achieve a number of EDC
goals as well as keeping within the scope of the City Center Plan. Here, we arehelping to breathe new life into our Main Street.Vinnie ScarlataChairman, Economic Development Commission