As they are currently renegotiating their lease at the market’s longtime spot at the Factory at Franklin, farmers market board members are also exploring new possible locations if a new deal between the market and the Factory can’t be worked out.
They currently pay about $2,000 a month in the summer to use the Factory’s parking lot and about $1,000 during the winter months. The lease will expire in 2015.
Farmer Hank Delvin Sr., who is the nonprofit’s treasurer, said the farmers want to return to the Factory, but must explore other viable options.
The market today draws produce from more than 80 farms and visitors from around the Nashville area. Market supporters said they want to make the best long-term choice for the community and the market. Delvin says the main objective is to have a permanent home for the market.
One preliminary idea being floated by market supporters includes possible use of part of the 19-acre Bicentennial Park property along North Margin Street for the market’s future location.
If the market is moved, city parks and aldermen still must work out the numerous details about that proposal, ranging from traffic flow to the cost of its operation.