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Windsor officials search for farmer’s market manager

James Redmond
jredmond@mywindsornow.com

Windsor officials' dream of local a farmer's market next summer drew even closer to reality this month with the search for a market manager.

In early November officials posted a notice online asking for proposals of a contracted farmer's market manager position that could facilitate the market on an annual basis, recruiting vendors and dealing with fee collection and logistics.

"Basically being the liaison between the vendors and the town," said Windsor Director of Parks, Recreation, and Culture Eric Lucas.

Windsor officials want the manager to balance working with farmers, consumers and the community as a whole. Already the town has planned market days to coincide with the Windsor's Summer Concert series, hoping capitalizing on estimates of 2,000 people at Boardwalk Park for the event, according to the online posting.

“I would hope to hire someone or a group that has worked with other farmers markets locally on the Front Range. Someone who has connections that could get us up and running in regard to vendors by June.” Eric LucasWindsor Director of Parks, Recreation, and Culture

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Ideally the process will result in a candidate that already has experience with farmer's markets, Lucas said. Existing town staff don't have the capability, or time, to appropriately handle the position. And while the goal is find a contract employee for the market, officials could look at bringing the position fully on staff if they need to.

"I would hope to hire someone or a group that has worked with other farmers markets locally on the Front Range," he said. "Someone who has connections that could get us up and running in regard to vendors by June."

The request for farmer's market manager proposals opened Nov. 4 and closes Monday. Lucas said he hopes to sign a contact with the new manager in December so they can start working on logistics and attracting vendors as soon as possible before the start of the Farmer's Market season.

This week a request for proposals to build a structure in Boardwalk Park to house the farmer's market should go online, further advancing town officials work to bring back the farmer's market.

For the structure, the town board authorized a budget of $318,000, Lucas said.

The proposed pavilion-like structure, essentially a large roof supported by columns, would go on concrete pad in Boardwalk Park right at the north end of 5th Street. The space, where an old fire department museum stood until the 2008 tornado, serves as a visual gateway to the park. A gateway that's just dead space currently.

If everything goes as planned, a 84-by-56 foot structure will claim that space and become the new entryway to Boardwalk Park and home of the proposed farmer's market.

See the request

To read Windsor’s request for proposals for manager a of the proposed framer’s market, go online to: http://windsorgov.com/Bids.aspx?bidID=189