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City plans to close, refurbish Albertville Farmers Market

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City leaders want to pass a new ordinance for a Certified Organic market. (Source: WAFF) City leaders want to pass a new ordinance for a Certified Organic market. (Source: WAFF)
ALBERTVILLE, AL (WAFF) -

The City of Albertville is in the process of shutting down its farmers market, promising to bring it back bigger and better than before.

The city submitted a motion to repeal the current ordinance governing the farmers market, which will essentially shut it down once passed. City leaders said the current ordinance has lax rules regarding what can and cannot be sold. There are no real hours and the venue is not very popular.

Officials said the plan is to create a new ordinance for a Certified Organic farmers market, although it is unclear if it will only feature locally-grown produce or also include other items for resale.

"We're hoping to turn it into something that will draw people into town, that will draw people into our downtown, and create a real viable option to buy local food," said City Council President Nathan Broadhurst.

Broadhurst said the goal is to continue the beautification and development of the downtown area.

"We've had the farmers market there. We've got some infrastructure there to operate it, but it just has never really taken off as a buying option for people. I think if we can create that environment it could be another exciting part of Albertville's downtown."

A motion to do away with the current ordinance was introduced at Tuesday's council meeting. The city council is expected to vote on that motion at their August 4 meeting. Broadhurst said they hope to then quickly pass the new ordinance for the certified market.

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