Dirt begins to turn over on Foley Farmers and Fishermen’s Market

By CATHY HIGGINS Onlooker Editor onlooker@gulfcoastnewspapers.com
Posted 7/30/13

FOLEY, Ala. — Efforts to bring the Foley Farmers and Fishermen’s Market to fruition are under way.

Bull dozers were clearing land for the facility, which is anticipated to open soon at five acres of municipal property located next to Wolf Bay …

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Dirt begins to turn over on Foley Farmers and Fishermen’s Market

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FOLEY, Ala. — Efforts to bring the Foley Farmers and Fishermen’s Market to fruition are under way.

Bull dozers were clearing land for the facility, which is anticipated to open soon at five acres of municipal property located next to Wolf Bay Lodge on County Road 20.

According to Foley City Administrator Mike Thompson, the market will house 30 stalls for rotating vendors. At press time, one farmer for each stall has agreed to participate.

“There are 30 farmers, for sure,” Thompson said, adding that at least five fishermen have also committed.

In addition, 60 farmers have expressed interest in the endeavor. While that may seem like a lot, Thompson said that’s not the case.

“On any given day, only 30 vendors would be there,” he said.

That’s because when they’re not at the market, the vendors would be working their farms and fisheries.

A large portion of Farmers and Fishermen’s Market is made possible by Deepwater Horizon funding.

“We secured a $313,000 grant from B.P. to go toward the construction,” Thompson said.

But that’s not the only money expected from the oil-spill settlement.

“The city is sitting on $132,000 of grant money from B.P.,” Thompson said.

In addition, more funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and other outlets would also make roadwork and marketing the endeavor possible.

“We’re waiting on $283,000,” Thompson said.

The total project of the year-round market is estimated to be between $750,000 and $900,000. If the additional grants don’t come through, other plans would have to be made.

“The city might have to step in,” Thompson said.

Even if that’s the case, the market is expected to open this fall.