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Madison Co. Farmer's Market almost ready to reopen

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Under the new plan for the market, it'll be open only on Tuesdays, Fridays, and Saturday and its management will be part time. Under the new plan for the market, it'll be open only on Tuesdays, Fridays, and Saturday and its management will be part time.
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MADISON, AL (WAFF) -

Madison County leaders are hoping to unveil a new era for the county Farmer's Market when it reopens. Preparation work at the market was underway for about two days. The market is now under new management intended to be leaner, friendlier, and more efficient.

Work crews are well into the process of sprucing up the Madison County Farmer's Market ahead of its planned reopening. On Wednesday, the Madison County Commission approved a new manager and board for the market.

"I have managed a market in the past," said Kim Vaughn with the Farmer's Market board. "It ensures fresh vegetables on the table, and that's what you want in the summer time."

New board member Kim Vaughn comes from a farming family and she has high hopes for the reinvented Farmer's Market, a place where she said customers can personally see who grows their food.

"You have a trust with the farmers, and farmers are traditionally someone you can trust and they will just go back to the same ones, and know what they're getting," said Vaughn.

Under the new plan for the market, it'll be open only on Tuesdays, Fridays, and Saturday and its management will be part time. Moves that will help cut the cost to taxpayers from over $80,000 to around $25,000.

Only farmers from Madison and surrounding counties will be able to sell there. County Commissioners said they're working to bring back the market as a reliable option after months of turmoil and even rumors it would close for good.

"We're looking at trying to build the Farmer's Market back up to a viable option for people to look at," said Madison County Commissioner Phil Vandiver. "There's many options out there now, and we want the Madison County Farmer's Market to be as viable as any out there."

"The old location is back and they're wanting to get their spots and see how it goes," said Vaughn.

County leaders said uncertainty about the market has prompted the opening of alternative markets around the county, which become competitors. There are now nine of them. The Madison County Farmer's Market is scheduled to open for the season on Tuesday, June 3.

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