URBANA – A meeting to set goals for the downtown farmers' market is set for 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Urbana Civic Center, 108 E. Water St., U, with follow-up sessions in March and April. The first meeting will include city staff and a steering committee made up of market vendors, local businesses, elected officials and the public.
They will create mission and vision statements for the 2010 season and set goals for the future, according to Rebecca Bird, a city planner working with Lisa Bralts, director of Market at the Square.
"At the first meeting, we are trying to understand how the public views the market," Bird said. "Do we have the right mix of food, arts and crafts and other vendors?"
The city has operated the market for 15 years. It was privately organized in 1979. Bird said up to 5,000 people attend Market at the Square, which is open from 7 a.m. to noon Saturdays from spring through fall at Lincoln Square in Urbana.
Last year, there were more than 175 vendors, including fresh produce, meat and dairy products, prepared foods, clothing and jewelry, plants and flowers, arts and crafts and information booths for local groups and campaigns.