New produce market coming to Newnan
by Celia Shortt
Newnan, Coweta County, and the University of Georgia’s Cooperative Extension Office are partnering to bring a new farmer’s market to downtown Newnan.
“Essentially, the market that is being brought downtown is the same market that has been going on at the Expo Center along Temple Avenue for numerous years,” said Newnan’s Business Development Director Hasco W. Craver IV at April’s Downtown Development Authority meeting on Wednesday.
“We are extremely excited about this partnership!” he added.
The name of the new market is “Coweta County Farmer’s Market” and starting in June it will be held every Wednesday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Depot History Center lot off East Broad Street and on Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the traditional location at the Asa Powell Sr. Expo Center on Temple Avenue.
The market will begin in June and run through early fall. According to Craver, it will be a produce market from farmers in Coweta or an adjoining county. He said they will allow a small percentage of crafts, but only ones from vendors who are there selling their produce.
The UGA Cooperative Extension Office will manage the market and has a part-time employee who will supervise vendor participation.
In January, the Newnan City Council tasked Craver with finding a new produce-only farmer’s market for downtown.
In other business:
• Craver reminded everyone that Main Street Newnan’s spring Taste of Newnan is Thursday, April 24.
“It is completely full,” said Craver.
Taste of Newnan will begin at 5 p.m. in downtown Newnan and go until 8:30 p.m.
• Martha Ann Parks, DDA member and owner and senior designer at Panoply Interior Design and Consulting said a kitchen store, resembling a Williams-Sonoma type establishment will be opening at Panoply’s former location at Greenville and Spring streets. The new business should open in June.
• As the borrowing agent for the Newnan Hospital redevelopment project to transform the Jackson Street facilities to house the University of West Georgia’s Newnan Center, the DDA released $2 million of its borrowed funds to the project to pay for expenses through June.
• Main Street’s First Friday “Screen on the Green” outdoor movie has been rescheduled to May 2 after anticipated bad weather for the original April date. It will still be at First Avenue Park and will begin at 7:30 p.m. The movie, “Frozen,” will still be shown.
• Long-planned information kiosks for downtown Newnan should be installed the first or second week of June.
• The DDA will hold a strategic plan session update on May 5 from 10 to noon. Their May meeting will be held just prior to the session at 9:45 a.m.
• Discussed were parking needs for downtown. DDA Chairman Casey Smith felt the best thing the authority can do right now is to educate the public about available off-street parking locations.
• Craver announced the city will have two interns starting soon. One is a historic preservation candidate who will be helping with those needs. The other is an architecture landscape intern who was awarded the position through the Downtown Renaissance Assistantship Program.
• Historic Preservation Month is in May, and Craver said Main Street Manager Courtney Collins is planning several events in conjunction with that.