Community members will have a new reason to get outdoors and enjoy the fall season as the Auburn Parks and Recreation Department opens a new farmers market in Town Creek Park this October.
The City Market will bring produce, arts and crafts, baked goods and other items to the park through a number of local vendors on Saturdays from 8 a.m. to noon, and the farmers market could also include live music and a coffee vendor, according to Sarah Cook, aquatics and special events coordinator with Parks and Recreation.
"Even if it's just people coming out to Town Creek with their dog to walk around, it's still bringing the community out," she said, though she added that there will be plenty of goodies for residents to purchase. "We're really excited. It won't just be produce; there are definitely some jewelry makers and bakers and candle makers, different things like that."
After October, the market will return in the summer months of May, June and July, and the idea is for the City Market to become an annual tradition.
"We had this idea in January and were like, 'We don't want to wait until summer 2020,'" Cook said about starting the market this fall. "I think the area needs some type of Saturday farmers market, and we thought this will be a great opportunity."
The idea for the market came during brainstorming sessions after Parks and Recreation staff felt the community had outgrown the city's Monthly Market, which has previously been held one Tuesday a month at the Harris Center during fall months.
"I think we kind of grew out of that," Cook said. "The need was for a more consistent thing."
Vendor applications are currently being accepted, and Cook said she has received a great response so far.
"We've had a huge response from the public, so we're really excited," she said.
To keep up with the City Market online, find it on Facebook at CityMarketAuburnAL or visit auburnalabama.org/citymarket. Those interested in being a vendor can find an application online.