According to Dan Howell, executive assistant to Bradley County Mayor Gary Davis, the county has collected a total of $45,000 to fund a new shelter for the county Farmer’s Market, which will be located on Urbane Road, next to the county recycling center. The county has received $40,000 through a United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and was recently granted $5,000 from the Healthy Community Initiative Committee.
Howell said the county recently received nine bids for the Farmer’s Market project, the lowest of which was $95,000.
“We’re just about halfway there. Right now we’re not sure if we’re going to re-bid the project or if we’re going to try to get more grants. So, that’s why we’re going to ask direction from the Buildings and Land Committee,” Howell said.
The Buildings and Land Committee is scheduled to meet Tuesday to discuss the project.
The new Farmer’s Market will be an open-ended sheltered building for local vendors to sell fresh produce. Currently the county Farmer’s Market, which is unsheltered, is located on Peerless Road.