Organizers plan to keep Beaufort farmers market on West Street but change season, times

emoody@beaufortgazette.comFebruary 28, 2013 

Organizers for the downtown Beaufort farmers market want to keep the weekly event on West Street for the second year in a row, but with a few changes: the market season could start and end earlier, and the market's hours could change.

This year, the market could open at the beginning of May and run through September.

Last year, the season was mid-May through October. Its opening was delayed because of changes to the market, including moving from Freedom Mall by the Beaufort Downtown Marina, Main Street Beaufort, USA, director LaNelle Fabian said.

"We're an afternoon market, so when the time changes, it gets darker earlier," she said, explaining the proposed change to the season.

The market's hours could also shift to 2 to 6 p.m. on Wednesdays. Last year, the market was open from 3 to 7 p.m.

"People were trying to buy literally out of the farmers' trucks while they were trying to unload," Fabian said. "And then the farmers were sitting there after 6 p.m."

Main Street Beaufort will need City Council approval to finalize the plans, which include closing part of West Street between the BB&T bank drive-through lane and Craven Street.

Fabian hopes staying on West Street will help the market continue to grow.

"I think it's consistency that's the key," she said.

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