After a series of productive discussions with the Gettysburg Area Recreation Authority (GARA), the Adams County Farmers Market has finalized plans to move to the Gettysburg Rec Park in 2023. The market will be located in the parking lot in front of the Sterner Building, directly off Long Lane.
The farmers market is moving from its current location on Stratton Street due to a planned commercial development project, which is anticipated to begin within a year’s time.
The remaining Saturdays of the regular 2022 season will take place as usual at the 108 N. Stratton Street location, concluding on October 29, with one additional Holiday Pop Up Market scheduled for December 3rd.
The staff and board of the Adams County Farmers Market considered many factors before deciding to make the move to the rec park. After an exhaustive review process, the rec park was determined to be the best fit for a vibrant, community-focused farmers market location.
“We developed a weighted twelve-point matrix based on the needs of the market, and compared over 15 different locations using that matrix to determine which location would score the highest,” said Ellen Dayhoff, co-chair of the farmers market’s Site Development Committee.
The rec park offered a wide variety of advantages, including plenty of free parking, newly remodeled public restrooms, ample space for farmers market events, and shady areas for customers to relax.
A majority of farmers market customers surveyed picked the rec park as their top choice for a new location for the farmers market. The rec park is also conveniently located a short distance away from popular tourist attractions on Steinwehr Avenue and is surrounded on all sides by residential neighborhoods, making it easy to access for many Gettysburg residents.
“GARA is excited for the arrival of the farmers market to the park,” said GARA Executive Director Erin Peddigree. “I think it will be a really fun partnership. This will be an opportunity for those in the area to see the park who may not know that there is a community park in Gettysburg, and the same for those who will be able to experience the farmers market who may not have had the chance before.”
At this time, no start date has been set for the 2023 farmers market season, but customers can expect lots of updates within the next few months. Farmers market supporters are encouraged to sign up for the market’s digital newsletter on the website www.acfarmersmarkets.org/newsletter.
The Adams County Farmers Market said it was glad to have GARA as a partnering organization to help ensure the market’s future success.
“The Gettysburg Rec Park is an exciting next step for our organization,” said Market Manager Reza Djalal. “Anyone who has known the Adams County Farmers Market for a while has seen it grow exponentially. Our positive impact on the community is only going to continue to grow at our new home in the Rec Park.”