A Shrewsbury Township supervisor is working to create a new beginning for a popular market that closed when supervisors opted not to renew a contract with the shopping center where the market was held.
Gene Montanarelli said he's in the process of securing the needed insurance and attracting vendors to the would-be market.
"Little by little, we're putting it back together," he said.
So far, Montanarelli said two vendors have signed on to rent space at the market, which will be called Greater Shrewsbury Country Crafts and Market.
It will be held at Shrewsbury Commons Shopping Center, the same location where the farmers market was held.
Sponsorship: The farmers market was open on Saturdays during the spring, summer and fall months. The new market will follow the same schedule. It also will offer the same rental prices for space to vendors, Montanarelli said.
But there will be one difference between the old market and the new one -- it won't be backed by public funds.
The farmers market essentially closed in February when supervisors voted to end the contract with the shopping center. Supervisor Susan Fox twice entered motions to revote on the matter during a March meeting, but the votes tallied 2-2, meaning the February decision stood.
The township's sponsorship meant an annual budget of about $500 and insurance coverage -- the crux of other supervisors' opposition to remaining the market's sponsor.
"Hopefully it (the new market) will be continued next year as a private enterprise," Montanarelli said.
Additional details about the new market will be released in June, he said.
Gone: However, some of the 19 vendors who once sold their produce and wares at the farmers market have already found new markets where they are setting up shop, Fox said.
Some vendors went to the nearby New Freedom Farmers Market or over the border to a market in Hereford, Md.
Fox was skeptical that the new market will take off this late into the market season.
"If he (Montanarelli) thinks he can put it together, have at it," she said.
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