The market in Northport, now called the Tuscaloosa County Farmers Market, has been a big effort on the part of the Northport community, Dowdy said. Local business owners and Northport residents have donated funds to help construct the building. The Friends of Historic Northport organization has leased the land to the Truckgrowers Association and Lowe’s Home Improvement store has donated many of the supplies.
“We’ve been very happy with the support of the community,” Dowdy said.
While some of the market’s customers are those who followed vendors to Northport, there are many new customers from Northport who didn’t shop at the old market, Dowdy said.
On average, the current market has about 15 vendors, with at least one of them selling produce at both the Northport market and the River Market.
By Lydia Seabol Avant
Staff Writer Tuscaloosa News
Published: Friday, June 22, 2012 at 2:55 p.m.
Last Modified: Friday, June 22, 2012 at 2:55 p.m.
NORTHPORT | A farmers market on Fifth Avenue near downtown Northport is gaining in popularity, so much so that the Tuscaloosa County Truckgrowers Association is building a permanent structure to accommodate it.
“Crowds have been growing every week,” said David Dowdy, president of the Tuscaloosa County Truckgrowers Association. “We had a tremendous crowd last week, which makes us kind of concerned about parking with all the construction going on.”
An open-air building, which will also feature a meeting room and restrooms, will be 144 feet long and 40 feet wide, about the size of the former Tuscaloosa Farmers Market at the corner of Greensboro Avenue and Jack Warner Parkway. The new farmers market building in Northport, which is still under construction and should be finished by the end of July, will include 24 vendor booths.
The posts were installed this week to support pavilion type building. Concrete and plumbing should be done in the next couple of weeks, Dowdy said.
It’s a new start for an organization that cut its ties with Tuscaloosa when the city opened its own River Market earlier this year, just down the street from the old one on Jack Warner Parkway. The Truckgrowers Association, which managed the Tuscaloosa Farmers Market prior to the opening of the River Market, decided to open its own market in Northport instead of moving to the River Market, because of concerns over the River Market.
Vendors who moved to Northport started selling their items from the backs of their trucks on folding tables and under temporary tents on April 14.