Farmers Market to be completed in 2009
by: Amanda Hill Bond
The Pickett County Farmers Market Board, which consists of local farmers, presented a need for a facility to sell goods to the Pickett County Commission earlier this year. The commission approved funds of $5,000 and also advised the board on ideas or how to obtain possible grant money. A grant was written with the assistance of Upper Cumberland Development District and was then submitted to Rural Development who offers assistance with grant money to support community economic development.
The board agreed that an open sided pavilion, which will serve as a farmers’ market and also be available for other community events, will adjoin the Amonett Homeplace off Highway 111. The land and home consists of approximately 10 acres and was donated to the county by Arminda Amonett in May 2006 and will soon become the Pickett County Welcome Center.
While preparing the land for the pavilion, engineers found that a mistake had been made on the previous survey. The boundary line was not correct and showed that the designated location was considered private property. In order to receive grant money or county funds, the property must by owned by the county and Ms. Amonett has agreed to deed the additional property.
Until the land issues are resolved the board has found a temporary location for the market next to Dale Hollow Shell. Several farmers have since then spent time and supplies needed to get the site ready. The location was donated by Dale Hollow Shell owner Jason Meadows.
In early July, the county was awarded $8,500 in grant money that was given by Rural Development to complete funding for the construction of the pavilion.
Once the added property deed is recorded, construction will begin on the permanent pavilion and is expected to be completed in early 2009.