Vendors see business trickle as alternative market opens in Columbia this past Saturday.
Attendance was slow but steady on a cool, crisp morning yesterday as the Boone County Farmers Market opened for the season with seven vendors and a trickle of buyers.
"I’m pretty happy with what we have for the first morning because a lot of people don’t come out when it’s cold," said market Manager Mick Fleming.
This marks the second year at the location in the parking lot of the Sanford-Kimpton Building, home of the Columbia/Boone County Health Department at 1005 W. Worley St. Many of the vendors split off from the Columbia Farmers Market in 2002 after the Sustainable Farms and Communities Committee organized an effort to raise money for a permanent structure to house the market. That structure has not been built.
Boone County market President Rick Goodman said customers are still learning about the new location.
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