The Union Farmers Market is scheduled to open Saturday in its new location at the First Baptist Church commuter lot.Community Development Director Joseph Graves said the parking lot is a great fit for the market vendors who have been asking for a location with higher visibility.
“They have been asking for better visibility from Highway 50 for several years,” he said. “This benefits them and hopefully increases their sales.”
Graves added that the hours will remain the same during the Saturday market, from 6-11 a.m. Space had been allocated for a farmers market at the parking lot north of Union City Hall each Saturday from April through October.There also is space available for the market Wednesdays from 3:30-5:30 at the location across from city hall. The Wednesday farmers market will remain downtown even though the Saturday morning market is moving.
City officials agreed to resume a previous contract similar to one enacted in 1999 in which the city agreed to sublet the parking lot west of the First Baptist Church located at Highways 50 and 47.In exchange for allowing the lot to be a commuter parking lot, the city would resurface that portion of the lot and the lot used for church parking, as well as remove snow, patch holes, clean litter and insure the property.The previous agreement expired in 2004, but the city has continued to remove snow, and conduct other duties included in the agreement. The lot also has been used for commuter parking.It will cost the city about $34,000 for a “slurry seal” of the entire lot.
The agreement also includes “driveways and entrances” including those from Highway 50 to the lot, and from Main Street to the lot. The Main Street entrance also is used by Walgreens.The church is now on the market for sale in order to relocate the church. Under the agreement, the church would repay the city for a portion of the paving work if the church property sells.
The city requires that vendors register with the city before they sell goods at the market. The vendors must include what type of products they will sell.This measure was enacted to provide new safety measures.Vendors can register at city hall, call the community development department at 636-583-3600 to be mailed a form, or can register online at Unionmissouri.org.Vendors are required to display their items on a table instead of from the trunk or tailgate of a vehicle.
Tents also are available at no cost, but with a $100 security deposit, at city hall.Security deposits will be returned if the tent is returned to the city in good condition. The tents will help provide shade to the area across from city hall where the market is located.According to the city ordinance, space will be available on a “first come, first serve basis” and only locally grown, fresh produce, and now crafts, can be sold.
No meat, poultry or dairy products can be sold.Produce purchased from another grower can’t be sold at the market and sale by commercial growers or producers is “expressly prohibited,” the ordinance says.According to the ordinance city officials can “periodically inspect the operation of the farmers market and the produce being sold.
“...It is unlawful for any person to fail to comply with the provision of this chapter. Any person in violation of any provision of this chapter shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor and be punished by a fine not to exceed $500.”