Buckwalter Place Farmers Market on hiatus in 2014

mmcnab@islandpacket.comMay 21, 2014 

A farmers market at the Buckwalter Place shopping center will not open this summer, as plans for development in the area will block access to the market space, its manager said Wednesday.

The Buckwalter Place Farmers Market has been held for four years on Tuesday afternoons, but with an Ace Hardware store to break ground soon, market manager Larry Hughes decided to put his operation on hold for this season.

The market couldn't be move back to its original location in Buckwalter Place -- an area Hughes said was "less than optimal," anyway -- because negotiations are underway to bring development to that space as well.

So instead of opening in late May or early June, Hughes will try to reopen in 2015 at the Ace Hardware store, either in the parking lot or on the store's property.

Hughes said the store's co-owner, Robert Heuser, was receptive to offering space for the weekly market. Until then, Hughes said many of the vendors participating in the Buckwalter Place market would be at other farmers markets around the county, like the one in Old Town Bluffton.

"We have one of the best farmers market circuits around the state," he said. "So many good vendors are part of it."

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