The Columbia Farmer’s Market Pavilion effort was publicly unveiled in July. When completed, the project will offer mid-Missouri a permanent, year-round structure for housing the farmer’s market, as well as the potential for other uses.
If you’ve ever lived somewhere with a permanent market structure you already know what a benefit they can be. Washington, D.C.’s Eastern Market was a gathering place on the weekends, for sure. But it remained vibrant – and open – all week long. Inside there were fishmongers, a cheesemonger, several butchers, a flower shop, and many vegetable stalls as well. On the weekends the sidewalks were covered with dozens more vendors selling everything from more vegetables to handmade furniture. It was a bustling, buzzing place. Columbia’s market pavilion won’t be a walking destination for most, but it could still build on and enhance what is already a growing market scene.
You know the effort to get the pavilion built is hitting its stride when the hiring starts. Casey Corbin has been announced as Executive Director of Sustainable Farms and Communities, the group heading up the project. I don’t know Casey – and believe he is new to town – but for years the pavilion effort has been led by a few stalwart volunteers; his hiring proves their seriousness.