A popular Shrewsbury farmers' market will reopen in May under township control.
The market, hosted every second and fourth Saturday May through October at Shrewsbury Commons Shopping Center, was the subject of much debate throughout Shrewsbury Township meetings last year.
Township supervisors voted last year not to renew the township's contract with the shopping center to host the market in the parking lot.
Shortly after the decision was made, former township supervisor Gene Montanarelli — who voted not to have the township foot the bill — said he made a $1,700 investment to open the market.
But this year, township supervisors voted to once again sponsor the market, as they had since it opened in 2011.
It will open at 9 a.m. Saturday, May 10.
"It's a service to our residents and farmers, and people residing in local communities. It's a win-win for everybody, and that's why I voted for it," said Chairman Paul Solomon.
Solomon, who's been involved in township government for more than 12 years, said the township never lost money on the farmers' market.
"We actually made money on it, a couple hundred dollars' worth," he said.
Supervisor Sue Fox will be managing the farmers' market this year, as she had in 2011 and 2012.
After about a $2,000 investment, the township typically made a $200 profit on the market, and it was never an expense to the taxpayers, she said.
Fox is confident the market will make money again this year.
When she last operated the market in 2012, there were 19 vendors signed up.
She hopes most of them will return.
"We had a pretty good core group," Fox said.
Vendors sold produce, locally baked goods, popcorn, pit beef, handmade soaps and more.
"Opening the Saturday before Mother's Day will be nice because a lot of our vendors grow plants and flowers, and a lot of people will be buying those things that day," Fox said.
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